Age 99, of Key Biscayne, Florida, died at home on January 28 after a short illness. He is survived by his beloved wife of 21 years, Charlotte Michaelson Frank; his children Marcia (Mark) Rosenthal, Norman Cohen, William (Christine), Matthew, Ira (Robyn); stepchildren Martin (Anne), Phillip (Ronni), James, Richard (Allyn) Michaelson, Susan Michaelson. He was pre-deceased by his first wife June Handleman, daughter Betsy (Norman) Cohen, brothers Herbert and Gerald, and his second wife, Ruth Held. He had 10 grandchildren, 8 step-grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and 8 step- great-grandchildren.
Born and raised in New York City, the son of Adolf and Kitty Frank, Sy moved to Long Beach, Long Island at age 13, where he became a star high school baseball player, and was invited to try out for the New York Giants baseball team. He attended Hofstra University before enlisting in the Army Air Force, where he attained the rank of Major at age 24, was a pilot trainer and served in the U.S. and Europe during World War II. After the War he lived for many years in Long Beach, New York and built a successful entrepreneurial career, starting with aircraft charters, and then owned and operated a chain of movie theaters, with his devoted partner Sid Sinetar, in New York City, Long Island, RI and Florida.
Sy moved to Florida, where he remained active both in the motion picture field and in competitive sports. An avid tennis player and golfer into his 90’s, he won many championships including the Over 50 Mens Doubles Tennis Championship in Key Biscayne when he was approaching 90. His many friends and family will always remember his wit, levity, and optimistic nature. Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 11:00 am at The Wilson Chapel, 234 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA.