SANDLER, Eric Michael 57, passed away on July 10, 2016. A native Floridian, Eric was born in St, Petersburg, Florida on January 29, 1959. A long time teacher and employee of the Hillsborough County School System, Eric touched the lives of the many students with whom he came into contact over the years. Eric spent much of his free time at the beach where he found peace and solitude. An avid reader, Eric found pleasure surrounding himself with the thousands of books he read throughout his lifetime and was always ready to share his opinions on the various subjects he studied. He is survived by his loving wife Marjorie and his sons, Bradley and Marc, mother Bobbie and brothers Jeffrey (Deborah) and Alan (Susan) and his nieces and nephews. Eric was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Jack Sandler. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Congregation Beth Am located at 2030 W. Fletcher Avenue in Tampa. Memorial contributions may be made to Nature's Classroom, 13100 Verges Road, Thonotosassa, FL 33592.