Stuart Winston

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Boxing judge Stuart H Winston, 87, passed away Friday, October 23, 2009, peacefully, in the presence of his family. Stu, as he was affectionately known to his many friends, will be missed by his wife, Lola, his children Leslie, Gary (Denise), and Robert (Lise), his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Born January 19, 1922, to Dr. Irving and Florence Weinstein in Brooklyn, N.Y, Stu is survived by his older brother Stanley (Shirley) and his younger sister Phoebe (Marcy). Stuart became President of Bell Paper (Industries) in 1949 and built the business into a multi-million dollar success. Stu served as President of both the Miami and Miami Beach Jewish Community Centers. He was a well known WBO, WBA, and IBF boxing judge, and continued working up until the date of his death. He judged 283 fights in his 55 year career. His first judging assignment was Charles Norkus-Danny Nardico, Miami Beach, FL on March 3, 1954; his last assignment was Sullivan Barrera – Anthony Adorno, Miami Beach, FL on August 21, 2009. He umpired his first professional tennis match in 1948 and continued with the sport he loved until 2006. His sports work took him all over the world, including to championship fights, Maccabia Games in Israel, Wimbledon for 8 years, and the US Open for 15 years. Locally, Stu worked the Boca West/Lipton/ Sony tournament for 6 years. He is one of the few Americans elected to the British Professional Tennis Umpires Association, served 5 years as the President of the South Florida Professional Tennis Umpire Association, and in 1989 was himself inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame of Miami- Dade County. Excerpts from the MiamiHerald.com