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Jacob M. Weiner, 86, Award-Winning Journalist

September 22, 2005
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Jacob M. Weiner, 86, whose daily column about South Jersey life earned him five consecutive awards, died Sept. 3 at the Jewish Geriatric Home in Cherry Hill, N.J.

Weiner, who earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Temple University, started as a reporter for the Camden Evening Courier and Morning Post (now the Courier-Post).

His award-winning column, "Life Hereabouts," which he began writing in the early 1950s, won him awards from the New Jersey Press Association.

A column on a Christmastime fire that led to the destruction of a family's trailer home in Hainesport, N.J., prompted a contractor to build the family a new home - and led to an NBC television special.

Weiner joined the Philadelphia Daily News in 1957 as assistant promotion director, and later worked in promotions for the Daily News and The Philadelphia Inquirer. He retired in 1985 as communications manager of Philadelphia Newspapers Inc., parent company of the papers.

A longtime judge of the National Headliner Awards for journalism, he worked part-time as a consultant after retirement.

He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

Weiner is survived by brother David Weiner; sister Beatrice Toiv; and several nieces and nephews. His longtime companion, Hilda Shivers, died in 1998.

Memorial donations may be made to: the American Cancer Society, 1851 Old Cuthbert Road, Cherry Hill, N.J. 08034.

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