OBITUARY

Mr. Glenn Michael SERAFIN

September 7, 1950January 21, 2020
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Glenn Serafin ( 1950-2020) Glenn Serafin, age 69, died at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, following a brief illness on Tuesday Jan. 21. A longtime resident of Tampa, Florida and Breezy Point, New York, Glenn is survived by his wife Josephine and his children Shane (Billie Jo) his two grandsons Andrew & Elliott and his daughter Rachel. Also, his sister Gail Sandola (Ralph) of Cedar Grove, New Jersey. He also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews and in laws in the New York/New Jersey area. Glenn was born on Sept. 7th, 1950 to parents Michael & Irene of Clifton, NJ. A graduate of Fordham University in 1972, where he was a member of the Tennis and Squash teams as well as an integral member of the staff at WFUV radio station. After college he spent two years working for the Asbury Park Press newspaper and their radio stations WJLK AM & FM. Glenn went on to work for the Associated Press where he spent 10 years in news and sales. He left the AP as their national broadcast sales manager and joined media brokers CEA where he brokered many deals for radio and TV properties. He then went on to form his own Tampa based company Serafin Brothers in 1993. Glenn also served two terms as President of the National Association of Media Brokers. Glenn was an avid fisherman who spent many years making annual trips to Cabonga in the La Verendrye Wildlife Reserve in Canada. A memorial service will be held in Tampa this Monday Jan. 27 from 1-4pm at Blount & Curry Funeral Home located at 6802 Silvermill Dr. in Tampa, Florida 33635. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday Feb. 13 at 11am at St. Thomas More RC church at 204-25 Rockaway Point Blvd. in Breezy Point, NY 11697. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Glenn's memory to the Florida Aquarium Conservation Program. Link to donate: https://14352a.blackbaudhosting.com/14352a/General-Operating?_ga=2.104136390.751928267.1579982489-295201986.1579982489

Services

  • Visitation Monday, January 27, 2020
  • Prayer Service Monday, January 27, 2020

Memories

Mr. Glenn Michael SERAFIN

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Michael Kay

January 31, 2020

I’m in the radio business, and saddened to hear the news of his passing. Glenn and I never put a deal together, we weren’t great friends, nor did we see each other but twice each year these past 7 years. Glenn was in love with his family and such a big fan of fhe business.

I’ll never forget the moment I actually met Glenn. Each year at the NAB or Radio Show I would see this big smile and hearty man wander around the show’s host hotel lobby, working the floor like a pro.

After the 3rd convention, I walked over to him and asked ‘Hey is this like the movie ‘Same Time Next Year’? We laughed, introduced each other, and on that very first Friday headed home, I reminded him that he had to be at the next convention – he replied “I’ll be here unless I do something stupid.” I’ll do the same my friend” I would always reply after each show. We always left town with the same signature exchange, This Alan Alda, Ellen Burstyn routine was the source of a great deal of laughter for both of us.

Glenn, be well my friend, please watch over me from the lobby of each convention hotel lobby, because I'll still be looking around the corner expecting to see that big smile. I miss you already.

Harry Paddock

January 26, 2020

I am so sorry to hear Glenn passing away. Glenn was on of my best customers. When Glenn called me he had to have the sprinklers done now and i was there always on my way back home to get him fixed up. Again i am very sorry
Harry Paddock
Sunrise Systems Irrigation

M. Joanne Moore

January 25, 2020

Glenn was always larger than life. You knew at once when he entered a room. His unique basso profundo voice announced his arrival. He always had a story to tell accompanied by a twinkle in his eyes. Once you met him, you'd never forget him. He will be missed.
Joanne & Earle Moore

Barry O'Brien

January 24, 2020

Glenn was probably my favorite client of all time in my 20 years at R&R. He was with me for so many of my ups and downs. He came to the funeral of my first wife Peggy, and to my wedding in Boston to my second wife Nancy. Nancy died 3 years ago, and if she had had a funeral, I know he would have been there for me. While I have been out of the business for quite a while, we stayed in touch, and I would see him at the occasional radio conventions I would attend. Always in a good mood, and a wonderful human being. I am so glad to have had him in my life, and I cherish the times we had together over the years.

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