Seymour W. “Sy” Kushner, 85, of Wellesley, died Dec. 28, 2013.
He was husband of Sylvia A. (Weinstein) Kushner.
Born in Boston to Al and Mary (Yorra) Kushner, Sy attended Boston Latin School for several years but ultimately graduated from Brighton High before achieving a bachelor's degree from Northeastern. In 1961, Sy entered into the insurance business with his father-in-law, Philip Weinstein, ‘zl, and later ran the business where he was working daily until a sudden illness and cancer diagnosis in November, that ultimately ended his life.
Sy and Sylvia, who married in 1959, lived an active life, filled with exploration around Boston, other parts of the nation and many foreign countries. As recently as this summer, they traveled to five Scandinavian countries. In the past, they visited England, France and regularly went to Montreal, where friends ran a B & B, for the Jazz Festival. They were early “foodies" and delighted taking friends and relatives to wonderful new restaurants they had discovered in Boston and other places. Sy was an avid fan of the Red Sox and the Patriots, devoured good books, and was a serious aficionado of red wine.
He was a mason and Master of the 100th Anniversary of Adelphi Lodge A.F. and A.M.
He is survived by his children, Marc A. Kushner (Laurie Salitan) and Joel L. Kushner (David Wolff); his grandchildren, Emily Kushner Salitan, Nora Kushner Salitan, Estuardo Kushner Wolff, and Ella Blum Kushner Rodriguez; his siblings, Russell Kushner and Diane (Kushner) Kaunfer, ‘zl; and his many nieces and nephews.
Remembrances may be made to Boston Children’s Hospital, 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115; www.giving.childrenshospital.org or to the Kalsman Institute on Judaism & Health at Hebrew Union College-JIR, 3077 University Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90007-3796 or at www.huc.edu/donate.