Anthony (Tony) Whitelaw Babin, 92, of Jupiter, Fla., died peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family and private caregivers Jan. 17, 2018. Anthony was preceded in death by his loving wife of 65 years, Marilyn Spagat Babin, daughter of the late Herbert and Kate Spagat of Columbus and Miami Beach, Fla.
Born in Cleveland to the late Elmer Jacob and Ruth Whitelaw Babin. He is also survived by his sister Judith Babin Kaufman (Jack) of Beachwood and Naples, Fla., daughter Kathie Ann Babin of Glendale, Mo., and Jeffrey Whitelaw Babin and his wife Meryl Fishman Babin of Beachwood. Anthony has four loving grandchildren, Eliott David Harris of Webster Groves, Mo., Jeremy Whitelaw Babin of Scottsdale, Ariz., Amanda Babin George (Dr. Naveen George) of Rocky River, Calli Rebecca Babin of Lyndhurst and twin great-grandchildren Fisher Michael and Clover Jane Harris of Webster Groves, Missouri. Anthony is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Lisa Kaufman of New York City; Jim Kaufman of Berkeley, Calif.; Suzie Kaufman of Nyack, N.Y.; Norma Meizlish Sober of Madison, Wis.; Jack Meizlish, Columbus; and Elaine Meizlish (Barb Radov) of Santa Fe, N.M.
Anthony was a graduate of Shaker Heights High School class of 1944 and graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree in 1949. He was a member of ZBT fraternity. He was a proud U.S. Army veteran and member of a specialized training program.
He joined his father, Elmer Babin, in the management of their commercially owned real estate companies Aquilla and Variety Reality. He was a member of the Commerce Club of Cleveland.
He spent years building radio controlled airplanes. He pursued his passion for flying and completed flight training and his first solo flight in a C-50 from Cuyahoga County Airport in August 1969.
He was a board member of Oakwood Country Club, in Cleveland Heights and a member of Jonathan’s Landing Golf Club in Jupiter, Fla. An avid boater, Anthony and Marilyn could be found fishing when they weren’t playing golf or bridge. He became commodore of the Jonathan’s Landing Yacht Club in 2005. They pursued their love of adventure and traveled the world, including 33 cruises from 1959 to 2008.
He was president of the Ruth Elmer Babin Foundation, president of the Hebrew Free Loan Association and a lifelong member of Anshe Chesed Fairmont Temple.
A celebration of a life well lived, the funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28 at Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz, 1985 S. Taylor Road in Cleveland Heights. The family will have a private service at Mayfield Cemetery, where Anthony will join his beloved Marilyn for eternity.
The family will be sitting shiva at the home of Jeffrey and Meryl Babin, 24700 Hilltop Drive in Beachwood on Sunday from 7-9 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Jan. 29.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you honor Anthony’s exceptional life with a donation to your favorite charity. Funeral arrangements were handled by Edgley Funeral Home of Jupiter and Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz of Cleveland Heights.