KEITH, SEYMOUR (SY) D., age 92, was born in New York City on Manhattan's West Side on August 5, 1921 and passed away peacefully in his sleep in Coral Gables, Florida on April 14, 2014. After graduating from New York University in 1941, Mr. Keith moved to Miami, Florida to be closer to his parents and soon enrolled in the University of Florida (Gainesville) Law School. Shortly after enrolling he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942. Upon honorable discharge as a Captain in early 1946, he enrolled in the University of Miami School of Law in the summer of 1946, graduating magna cum laude the following summer. Mr. Keith was a founding member of the law firm Keith Mack LLC. He was also instrumental in the founding and operation of Flagler Federal Savings & Loan Association from its creation in 1955 until his retirement as Chairman of the Board in 1992. Sy was an avid albeit mediocre (by his own admission) golfer, an active duplicate bridge player who was a Silver Life Member, a classical music; opera and ballet lover, a world traveler, a philanthropist and an ardent student of history-particularly of the Second World War, and was always interested in hearing and telling a good joke or poem. Sy was predeceased by the love of his life and wife of 50 years, Dorothy, in 2001. He is survived by his son Gary, daughter Lauren Katz, Lauren's husband Mitchell Katz and their two adult children: Brian and Jeffrey. Services start at 10:30 AM on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Riverside Gordon Memorial Chapel (5900 SW 77th Avenue) and conclude at Mt. Nebo Cemetery/Miami (5505 NW 3rd Street). A light lunch will be served at The Gables Club following the services.
Published in Miami Herald on Apr. 16, 2014