ames A. Chatz, age 78, of Key Biscayne and Skokie, Illinois, died Saturday, November 30, 2013.
He is survived by Vera, his wife of 55 years, his sons John (Sherry) and Barry (Jacqueline), his brother Robert (Sandi), and his grandchildren Peter, Erica, Madeleine, Tyler, Jesse, Joseph and Sasha Chatz and Andrew and Austin Walker.
Some of the happiest days of Jimmy’s life were spent on Key Biscayne, where he and Vera bought their apartment more than 10 years ago. He eagerly anticipated the time they’d leave the gray Chicago winters to head for the Key, where he could sit on his balcony overlooking both the ocean and the bay.
He was a veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division and a proud member of American Legion Richard L. Cromartie Post 374 and the Key Biscayne Yacht Club.
He thoroughly enjoyed riding in an open convertible near the head of the Legion’s annual 4th of July parade.
He always was extremely gracious when, upon being introduced to someone he was meeting for the first time, he was greeted with, “Oh, I know who you are– you’re “The Lawyer.” That was how Vera always referred to him in her Islander News column, “A Snowbird’s Eye View of Key Biscayne.”
Services have been held. Contributions in Jimmy’s memory may be made to Key Biscayne Chabad Jewish Center, 101 Harbor Drive, Key Biscayne, FL 33149.