Sidney’s parents fled Russia in 1919, arriving in New York for safety and to start new lives. The family knew no English. Sidney was born in the Bronx four years later, with the family living in a fourth-floor walk-up. Starting at about age seven, Sidney would do any neighborhood task to earn a few scheckles, for fare he used to ride the subway, not to go to candy stores, but to go to the libraries and museums, where he could learn. By age seven, he was taking his dad’s watch apart, and reassembling it, with no spare parts.
After graduation from high school, he was drafted into the USArmyAirCorps. While in the service of the United States, he was in London when the German bombs were falling. He had many stories to tell about that time.
After his service, he took advantage of the G I Bill, and earned a BS in Engineering Degree from North Carolina State University. He used that degree as a launching pad to design new safety procedures in hospitals, then moved on to the hotel industry. There he rose to the position of Sr Vice President of Engineering for Hyatt Hotels Corporation International. During this tenure, he traveled the world, and collected unique items and antiques.
After retiring, he continued his interests in collecting antiques, and enjoying jazz music. Sidney never complained, never had a negative thought, and never bragged about the fantastic feats he had achieved during his long career. He is sorely missed by his many friends and family. He is survived by his loving wife, Judith, his daughter, Marlene, and her three children.
Sidney’s ashes will be interred at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery with full military honors. A celebration of Sidney’s life is planned for a later date.