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Max M Zalkin

October 9, 1942 — January 20, 2024

Tampa, Florida

Little Max M. Zalkin, age 81, died January 20, 2024 in Tampa, Fl, of, in his own words, “lack of breath”. 
He was born to Reuben and Rosalind Zalkin on October 9, 1942 in Liberty, NY. Max was a force in the Tampa scrap metal industry, operating several scrap iron yards, most notably Mutual Scrap in Gibsonton and Tampa Scrap Processors - known for its cigar-chewing, penguin logo. He never stopped wheeling and dealing. Treasure hunting and collecting brought him great pleasure and he shared his adventures and finds with his family. He passionately debated any topic, never lacked for conversation, and was incredibly generous. While he walked and talked fast, constantly making deals, in his later years, he enjoyed visiting with his grandkids and never missed an opportunity to give them his best life advice and to share his ditties. 
Max is survived by his wife of 25 years, Joy Zalkin who loved and cared deeply for him, his brother Gary (Sharon) Zalkin and sister Karen Zalkin Shapiro. He is also survived by his son, Bruce (Laura) Zalkin, daughter, Eileen (Glenn) Taylor and daughter, Brette (Steve) Sadler, stepsons Jamey (Alicia) and Jon Hale. Grandchildren, Ashley and Alex Zalkin, Adam (Sara) Taylor, Jordan (Jordan) Taylor, Bella Taylor, Mia and Daphne Sadler, Hannah, Matthew, Michael Hale, and Brttiney Baldyga. Max had the joy of experiencing three great-grandchildren, Jake (Wolfpup) and (‘Lil Max) Max Taylor, and Ethan (The General) Grant Taylor. He will be remembered with love by his first wife, Susan Zalkin of Sarasota. He has many in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins, as well as friends who will miss his unique way of looking at the world. 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to TOP Jewish Foundation (Max M. Zalkin Family Fund). 
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 23, 11 am at 2030 W. Fletcher Ave, Tampa.
Services will be available via Zoom at
May his memory be a blessing.


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