(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- On Monday, Miami-Dade County lost one of its most beloved residents, Sherwood “Woody” Weiser, who succumbed to cancer at the age of 80. Like so many South Floridians of his generation, Woody Weiser hailed from up north - in his case, Cleveland, Ohio - and came to this community seeking opportunity and a respite from long, cold winters.
Woody Weiser found his opportunity here, going on to become a successful hotel developer and operator in a community that is known as an international travel destination. Mr. Weiser used his success in business to better his adopted hometown. He contributed both his time and his resources to civic causes that he felt passionately about, namely the arts and education.
Through his efforts, generosity and leadership, Woody left an indelible mark on the Miami Art Museum, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the New World Symphony, the University of Miami and the Performing Arts Center, among others. His work afforded those who came to Miami-Dade County after him the same sort of opportunities that he sought out when he arrived here in the late 1960s.
“Woody Weiser was a pillar of our community, and will be missed dearly,” said Mayor Gimenez. “People who possess his combination of character, compassion and endless generosity are a rare breed, and he used those qualities to the fullest and to the full benefit of our community.”