Sidney Katz, 94, of Delray Beach, Fla., formerly of Clifton, died May 23, 2019. Born in the Bronx, he later lived in Clifton before moving to Delray Beach in 2009.
Mr. Katz pursued a career as a sales manager for a nationwide retail shoe chain for a few years, and then went into the fashion industry in the New York City garment center for over 45 years. He was president of Popular and Premier Shoulder Pad Companies, New York City, until his retirement in 1994.
He graduated in 1943 from James Monroe High School, Bronx.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps, where he served from August 1943 to October 1945, completing 30 missions as a tech sergeant in the Eighth Air Force, 467th Bomb Group as a waist gunner and then radar counter-measure operator as part of a B-24 crew. He was honorably discharged from the military.
He served as men’s club president and then vice president at Clifton Jewish Center. He was an active member of the Clifton-Passaic chapter of the Jewish War Veterans, and was a theater group volunteer with the Passaic County mental health services. After moving to Delray Beach, he was active in community theater, and was on the board of directors of the Florida Eighth Air Force Historical Society. He volunteered as a lecturer on World War II at local vintage plane air shows and in high schools in the Delray Beach/Boca Raton area, and was featured in a 2016 documentary about Jewish airmen, “Bagels Over Berlin.”
Predeceased by his wife, Beatrice (Twersky), and a grandson, Evan Glugeth, he is survived by two daughters, Naomi (Roger) Glugeth of Cedar Grove and Susan (Jack) Schwartz of West Orange; his son, Adam (Yvonne Metcalfe) of Arlington, Va.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services were held May 26 with arrangements by Jewish Memorial Chapel, Clifton; burial was at King Solomon Cemetery, Clifton, with military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to Trustbridge Hospice Foundation, 5300 East Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33407; or The 467th Bomb Group Association, c/o Valerie Corvino, Treasurer, 242 Molly Drive, McMurray, PA 15317.