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Baldwin-Fairchild Ivanhoe Funeral Home

1150 South Orlando Avenue, Winter Park, FL

OBITUARY

Stuart Solomon Auerbach

September 9, 1932August 31, 2017
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A Beautiful Legacy: A Life of Family, Adventure and Compassion

Stuart S. Auerbach of Winter Springs, 84, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his wife and family on August 31, 2017. He was born in Bronx, New York City on September 9th, 1932. He was a Korean War veteran. During his service, he became interested in mine detectors. When he returned to civilian life, he turned what he had learned into a metal detector and treasure hunting business, Kellyco, which became the largest in the world. Stuart enjoyed a reputation for great competence, fairness and integrity. His vision was to bring families together, preserve history and bring this constructive hobby to the everyday individual. Stuart was a consummate businessman, but also a humanitarian who was well loved for his humanitarian and charitable endeavors as well as for his fine sense of humor.

The four words to describe Stuart’s life would be faith, family, adventure and compassion. He understood the importance of adventure and travel to enrich one’s life. To Stuart, when exploring and viewing the world in new ways, a person becomes his or her best self. Everything was about a holistic perspective and about an international family. Through his business, which involved international sales and trips to distant lands (where one could use the metal detectors to hunt for treasure), Stuart built an international “family.” In this way, he also brought family fun and adventure to the everyday person. In addition, it was a way to gain an appreciation for history and all forms of knowledge. Stuart opened the doors of the industry for people of all ages and backgrounds. He had compassion and strived to help as many individuals as he could. This could be by mentoring or just by providing a few words of encouragement or direction. To Stuart, success was not just about money, it was about spreading inspiration.

New bonds and relationships were created everyday which brought Stuart and family even more love and friendship. Each friendship was like a chain reaction that brought new achievements and innovation to the treasure hunting field. Stuart Auerbach became a legend in the metal detecting/treasure hunting field. Stuart enjoyed reading, traveling and regular exercise. In his youth, he became interested in body building and placed 2nd in a Mr. Miami contest. Stuart was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend and world citizen. He was a very spiritual man, who is now at peace with his Lord.

Stuart is survived by his wife, Carolyn, his daughter Dione Fetner, his son David Auerbach, grandchildren (Emily Fetner, Clint Auerbach, Devon Auerbach & Carly Auerbach) and by his brother, Roy Auerbach of Carmel, California. Rest in peace with God our Father, Your loving family.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, September 8, 2017

  • Reception

    Friday, September 8, 2017

  • Committal Service

    Friday, September 8, 2017

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Sharon Bunker

September 22, 2017

My deepest sympathy to the Auerbach family. I worked for him for 18 years and he taught me so much about being successful and strong. He surely will be missed.

September 5, 2017

My deepest sympathy to Carolyn, Dione and David and the rest of the Auerbach family. This is such a huge loss and my heart breaks for you all. Stu was one of the good guys! He was not only Curt's boss and friend, but stepped up and became so much more during Curt's illness. Curt was treated like family and Stu's kindness and generosity during such a difficult time for my family will never, ever be forgotten. RIP dear Stu.

Judi Dorn

September 4, 2017

My wife and I were privileged to have known this distinguished gentleman and extraordinary human being. He touched our lives with his compassion, sincerity and wit. He will forever reside in our collective memories. Our condolences go out to his wife Carolyn and family. James and Barbara Toby.

September 4, 2017

So very Sad day. WE were blessed to have had Stuart as a friend and a patron of our Art and dreams

Our love and prayers in this difficult time

Sincerelly

Kathleen&edson

George & Wendy Acha

September 3, 2017

Our sincere condolences to the Auerbach family. Stu was a wonderful neighbor, and we will miss him. May his spirit soar!

Tomas Rosado

September 3, 2017

I,ve been a customer of kellyco since 1980. I am sad to hear of Stu's passing.A true champion of the bobby of metal detecting. My condolences to all family and friends. God Bless.

John & Nina Thaens & woulfe

September 3, 2017

Nina Woulfe and John Thaens used to see Stuart at Napolis restuerant frequently.
We always enjoyed his conversations and companionship. He will be missed here, but we will all see him one day. God has blessed all he came into contact with, and especially his wife and family. Stuart is now resting and praising the Lord in all his glory and he would want us to always remember the good times.
Nina and I will never forget Stuart

Jim and Johnnie Stowell

September 3, 2017

We send our thoughts and prayers to you and all your family.

The Peraltas

September 2, 2017

You will be missed!

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