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William Leon Metz of Maitland passed away on Nov.11, 2013, at his residence. He was 87 years old. Mr. Metz was born in New York City on May 1, 1926, to the late Morris L. and Esther Kessler Metz. He graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn and served in the U.S. Army during WWII. Following the war, Bill graduated from City College New York in 1950 and began a career in the housing industry. He established himself first in New York and from 1960, in Central Florida. Metz’ companies built numerous subdivisions in the Cocoa area during the heyday of the space race, as well as other locales.

Metz was a member of the Congregation of Reform Judaism serving on the board and as vice president. Following retirement, Metz began his second career as a volunteer, serving meals at the Coalition for the Homeless.

He is survived by Pearl, his wife of 59 years; son Richard (Julie) of Carmel, Ind.; and daughters, Carolyn (Jim) Rosenblum of Ocoee, and Joanne of Bentonville, Ariz.; four grandchildren; and his sister, Janet Tirschwell. Funeral services were held at Congregation of Reform Judaism with Rabbi Steven Engel and Cantor Jacqueline Rawiszer officiating. Interment, with military honors, followed at CRJ Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to CRJ Feed the Homeless Fund or Hospice of the Comforter. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, Orlando.


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