Sheldon Avery Maskin Sheldon Avery Maskin, 93, died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at his home in Anna Maria, FL. Sheldon was born July 9, 1924, in Brooklyn, NY, to Israel "Mac" Maskin and Anna (Schwarz) Maskin Levy. He graduated from Long Beach High School in Long Beach, NY, and went on to serve in the Air Force during World War II. After the war, he received his degree in physical education from SUNY Cortland, where he met Phyllis Klingman. They were married in 1950 and had two sons, whom they raised in Long Beach, Plainview, Farmingville, and Afton, NY. Phyllis passed away in 1983. Sheldon worked as a physical education teacher and later as a guidance counselor. He also coached Varsity basketball and taught drivers' ed. He met Kathy (Allyn) Miltz while teaching in Endicott, NY. The two were married in 1990. Sheldon always enjoyed a highly active lifestyle, with a particular love of playing tennis. He was also talented in woodworking, making beautiful furniture and keepsakes, and even building the family house on Afton Lake. He was passionate about progressive politics, dedicating large amounts of his time to volunteering, calling his representatives, and writing letters to the editor. He was known for his phenomenal sense of humor, kindness, and intelligence. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. Sheldon is predeceased by his parents, Israel Maskin and Anna Levy; his first wife, Phyllis Maskin; his two sisters, Carol Spielberg and her husband, Norman Spielberg, and Rosalie Birkholz and her husband, John Birkholz; his brother, Burton Maskin and his wife, Kathryn "Kitty" Maskin; his brother-in-law Charles "Bus" Klingman; and his sister-in-law Louise (Klingman) Wheeler. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Maskin, of Anna Maria, FL; his two sons, Daniel Maskin and his partner, Diane Georgeson, of Oneonta, NY, and Alan Maskin and his partner, Brian McLaughlin, of Port Townsend, WA; his stepson, Jay Miltz, of Endicott, NY; his stepdaughter, Kristin Kulik and her husband, Michael Kulik, of Athens, GA; his six grandchildren, Emily Maskin, Jessica Maskin, John Kulik, Zachary Kulik, Christopher Kulik, and Katie Kulik; and many nieces, nephews, and close friends. A memorial gathering will be held on January 27, 2018 at St. Bernard Activity Center in Holmes Beach, FL, starting at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sheldon's honor to one of his favorite causes: Doctors Without Borders, Amnesty International, or the Children's Guardian Fund of Sarasota, FL.
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MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
Shelly was one person that was a great friend. We could talk about anything and everything. Shelly had a dedicated commitment first to people in need whatever that need might be. I've witnessed him assist a troubled person helping them to discern their options and coming to resolution. In addition he had a great compassion for the social needs of our population to the point of being a devout backer of Bernie Sanders approving all his agenda. What a great friend. I miss him. Richard
November 28, 2019
We feel so honored to have known Shelly since we moved to AMI. His wit, passion and love of his family will always a part of his legacy. We will miss him.
Bob & Sue Moderhak
January 27, 2018
Educated and an educator, passionate about learning, a sharer of that learning, a real sense of self understanding, energetically political, a good husband and a lover of family, a real friend.
December 15, 2017
Deepest sympathy to Kathy and family. He will be missed by all.