Silent Keys

Mr. Samuel Charles Ullman, 74,
resident of Gainesville, Florida, died Sunday, March 11, 2018 at his home. Mr. Ullman was born in Washington, D.C., on December 29, 1943 to the late Joseph and Thelma Ullman. He graduated from the University of Florida, in 1965 and then from the U.F. College of Law in 1967. He clerked for the U. S.Tax Court in Washington, D. C. in 1967, before moving to Miami, Florida to begin a long career in law. He worked for several firms, including Kelley, Drye and Warren; Smathers & Thompson and Bilzin Sumberg. Mr. Ullman received his LLM in taxation from the University of MiamiSchool of Law in 1975. He served as the chairman of the Florida Bar Tax Section in 1977, in which he remained active throughout his life.

Mr. Ullman was a lifelong Gator fan, returning to Gainesville in 2009, where he taught as an adjunct professor at the Levin College of Law. He was a ham radio enthusiast, a hobby since childhood; a runner, completing several marathons; and loved boating, skiing and photography.

Mr. Ullman was an active member of the B'nai Israel community in Gainesville.
Survivors include; his wife of 35 years, Barbara Raff Ullman; a daughter, Elizabeth Ullman, of Chicago, IL and a son, Michael Ullman, of Denver, CO.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 1:00 P.M., in the Synagogue of
Congregation B'nai Israel, 3830 NW 16th Blvd., Gainesville, with Rabbi David Kaiman,
officiating. Interment will follow in B'nai Israel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider
donations to the American Cancer Society, 2119 SW 16th St., Gainesville, FL 32608, or


Edward N. Sills passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family at home in Gainesville, Florida on March 11, 2018. He was a proud 81- year-old Okie, born at home in El Reno,Oklahoma on June 21, 1936. He grew up in Hitchcock as a country boy who picked cotton, participated in 4H and FFA, hunted rattle snakes, and played good-natured pranks on friends and family. He was a man who knew what suited him best. After an introduction by a mutual friend, he proposed sight unseen to his New York City sweetheart after a long-distance relationship of six months.

He enjoyed the outdoors by fishing, scuba diving, boating, camping, and prospecting for gold. His other interests included painting, traveling, singing hymns, and
eating his wife's cooking. He was a Boy Scout leader and scoutmaster for over ten years, a ham radio operator with the Gainesville Amateur Radio Society, and volunteered at his church.
He served in the National Guard and retired from the Army and Air Force after 23 years. While stationed in England, Ed taught for Embry-Riddles Aeronautical University. He later retired from Xerox after 20 years of employment.

He was preceded in death by his parents Obed and Rosa, and brothers Robert, Harley, Hubert and Eugene. Ed is survived by the love of his life, Laura; his children Eddie (Peggy), Greg, and Lorraine; his grandchildren, Amy Numa (Morin), Joshua Sills, Bryant Sooy, Lauren Sooy, Caitlin Sills, Kenny Sills, and Keira Sills; and great grandchildren Elijah, Julian, and Adriana Numa and sister Grace Racine. Ed will be remembered for his sense of humor, devotion to his family, and his abounding love for his wife of 59 years.

A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, March 15th at 11:00 a.m. at First Lutheran
Church of Gainesville. Viewing will be held at the church one hour prior to the celebration. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Haven Hospice or Gainesville Community Playhouse. Arrangements are under the care of Forest Meadows Funeral Home, Gainesville, FL.