For better or worse, one of the things that occurs when you are master of an
email list, is that you are given the opportunity to occasionally use this
form of communication for something outside its normal goals. Over the
years, we have sparingly and with great thought done so. Where usually our
emails both promote and hopefully educate our client base to what is new in
the world of wine, we have also helped a host of social service agencies
spread the word of their fund raising events and even given a restaurant
review or two. Today we utilize this forum for something we have never done
before. a celebration of an extraordinary life. The life of Jay Weiss.
Jay was one of the founder's of Southern Wine and Spirits, today the largest
wine and sprits wholesaler in the world. For those of us who enjoy wine, let
there be no doubt that he and his partners' vision are significantly
responsible for creating the truly exciting array of wines that each of us
have today. In no small measure, they created and encouraged an environment
that enabled wine producers, importers, retailers and restaurateurs to
start their endeavors. Even those who never did business with Southern owe
them much. Jay stood right in the middle of this, providing sage advice,
education and sometimes a needed hand to hold. For this we are in his debt.
Jay was devoted to our South Florida community. For many years he toiled
relentlessly for our public heath needs. He was one of the guiding lights at
Jackson and Public Health Trust. He beamed with pride at their
accomplishments and worried deeply over their stumbles. For this we are in
He was a constant champion for those who were given less in life than him.
He truly believed that what he had been blessed with was a gift on loan and
that this required of him to give back to those less fortunate. And give of
himself he did, to schools, community centers, health clinics, and on and
on. For this we are in his debt.
Even more importantly, Jay served as a mentor and peer raising the bar
continuously higher for all who knew him. The time and money he spent
enriching our community inspired many to attempt to emulate the incredibly
high standards he set. For this we are in his debt.
Jay Weiss was a friend to so many people. He tirelessly attempted to help
anyone with whatever his or her needs were. He was always there with a smile
and look of confidence that seemed to make everyone feel that no matter what
the difficulty, things would work out fine. He was never too busy to sit and
have a conversation. He was never to busy to listen to a problem. He made
the time. For this we are in his debt.
We have all heard it said that a life is measured by its accomplishments.
Never were truer words spoken than in remembering Jay. For us, Jay will
always be alive. He lives in the love he shared with so many people. He
lives in the actions of those who have become involved in our community from
his encouragement. He lives in the richness he added to South Florida.
While we will miss the conversations, we will be guided by Jay's light.
Sunset Corners Fine Wines & Spirits
8701 Sunset Drive Miami, FL 33173
ph: 305 271 8492
fax: 305 271 5390
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