Sidney H. Schonfeld |
Sidney Schonfeld, 94, a long-time San Francisco resident, passed away peacefully in his sleep April 5, 2014, of pneumonia.
At an very early age, Sidney moved to San Francisco with his parents. Growing up in the Fillmore District, he spent his formative years there during the Great Depression.
After graduating from Commerce high school, he joined the Army, and was sent to battle against heavily fortified Japanese troops on the Pacific island of Saipan. In fighting there, he was wounded by a bullet that lodged next to his heart, and was sent first to Hawaii, then California to recuperate. He was later discharged and received a Purple Heart.
After his Army duty, Sidney joined with his older brother, Charles, to buy apartment buildings, refurbish them, then either operate them or sell them to re-invest in bigger and better properties.
During this period, they built the Continental Lodge on Van Ness Avenue, the largest and most modern motor hotel-restaurant-cocktail lounge in San Francisco at the time.
Ultimately, Sidney started his own company, and moved his attention out of San Francisco. He designed, built and operated the Belvedere-Riviera Apartments in Tiburon. He then purchased and operated apartment complexes in Palo Alto and Redwood City, as well as similar operations in Texas and Illinois.
Sidney was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Marie, a San Francisco native. He is survived by his son, Robert, who lives in Hillsborough, and his daughter, Nancy Schonfeld McGoon, who lives in Belvedere.
Sidney and Marie spent many winters at their southern California homes first in Palm Springs and later in Rancho Mirage.
Following his wife's passing, Sidney moved from Belvedere to San Mateo. Then, he moved back to Marin County, where he lived for a year at the Alma Via assisted living facility in Terra Linda. But, he missed his San Mateo condo, so in 2013 he moved a final time to spend his days sunning on his deck, cracking jokes, and pursuing projects to improve his property.
Sidney was a horseman, and he and his brother-as young men- rode with the San Francisco Mounted Patrol.
A private family service is planned. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Hospice.