Word has been received that Sylvan L. Schiffman, 85, died September 6 in Kingsland, Texas. He leaves family in Falmouth.
He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Abraham and Jennie Schiffman.
In his teen years he worked in his parents' luncheonette, The Nosh Bar. Upon his father's death, he managed it. At age 21 he sold the restaurant and entered the US Coast Guard. During his 21-year career in the Coast Guard he was trained as a medic, an air search and rescue airman, and was also selected to be a member of the All-Coast Guard Pistol Team. He was stationed at various USCG Air Stations including Elizabeth City, North Carolina; Bermuda, BWI; Mississippi; Florida; and Brooklyn, New York. He retired as a chief petty officer at Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod in 1976.
Early in his career he met and married Mary Elizabeth Emmons. Together they had three children, Mark Edward, Carole Jean and Elizabeth Anne. They traveled to wherever the Coast Guard sent them. During a four-year tour in Bermuda, the two girls were born. Their marriage lasted 22 years.
After his military retirement, Mr. Schiffman moved to San Antonio, Texas, where he developed a repair contracting business. During that time he met Peggy Grimes, a registered nurse. They were married for 10 years, during which time they enjoyed many outdoor activities, some of them at Sunrise Beach, Texas, on Lake LBJ.
One of Mr. Schiffman's passions was snow skiing. He joined Club St. Bernard Ski Club and was a trip leader on many ski trips in the USA, Canada and Europe. It was on a trip to Badgestein, Austria, where one of his group caught his eye and won his heart. He and Judith Gray became partners. She was the love of his life and they were together for 26 years. She predeceased him in August 2015.
When he and Ms. Gray retired, they moved full time to live in Sunrise Beach. Mr. Schiffman was active in the community, serving on the Sunrise Beach Volunteer Fire Department for 18 years, over eight of those as fire chief. Other activities were organizing and managing the SRB Citizen's Patrol, SRB Citizen's Boat Patrol. He also organized and served as commodore of the Lake LBJ Sailing Club, and member of the Kingsland American Legion Post #437. He was elected and served for 12 years as a member of the board of directors of the Central Texas Electric Cooperative and served on the Lower Colorado River Authority Lake Advisory Board.
An avid sailor, he sailed on Lake LBJ and also led many sailing charters in the Virgin Islands, the Windward and Leeward Islands in the Caribbean, as skipper. On these trips, usually of one-week duration, they sailed, snorkeled, and ate in fine restaurants.
He leaves his children, Mark Schiffman of Provincetown and Tucson, Arizona, Beth (Jessie) Watson of Falmouth, and Carole Kjellander of Ashland, Wisconsin; a stepdaughter, Gail Cummins and her husband, Rick Cummins, of Corsicana,Texas, and Farmington, Maine; and several grandchildren, including Sven Kjellander of Ashland, Wisconsin, and Michelle Cummins and Alex Cummins, both of Austin, Texas.
Military honors and interment of his ashes will take place at the Columbarium at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery on Friday, November 15, at 1 PM and a memorial service will take place at The Civic Center in Sunrise Beach, Texas, on Saturday, November 16, at 11 AM.