Sheldon J. Horowitch

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Sheldon (“Shelly”) Horowitch, a long-time resident of Fayetteville, NY and Scottsdale AZ, passed away on Sunday, June 28 of natural causes, surrounded by family. Shelly was a physician turned businessman and ran two successful businesses based in Syracuse. While attending Hamilton College, Shelly enlisted in the Navy during World War II. After graduating from Hamilton and Upstate Medical School, he interned at Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago and was a resident at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York.

During medical school, Shelly met the love of his life and constant companion, Sheila Sporn (also then known as “Shelly”) of Brooklyn, New York, then an undergraduate at Syracuse University. They were married in New York City in June 1954. Sheldon started a medical practice in Syracuse and continued in private practice for over 25 years specializing in internal medicine with a sub-specialty in hematology. He also served as the director of the CNY Blood Bank of the American Red Cross and frequently participated in national conferences in Washington, D.C.

In 1974, Shelly became the President of the Morris Distributing Company, a wholesale distribution and marketing company of consumer electronics and home appliances, that had been founded by his father, Maurice Horowitch. Shelly became Chairman of the Company following Maurice’s death. After running the company for 12 years, Shelly engineered the successful sale of the business to Hamburg Bros. of Pittsburgh, PA in 1986.

Shelly was very philanthropic; he established the Horowitch Family Foundation which supports many charitable organizations in Syracuse. He also served as a Trustee of Hamilton College and funded the College’s Maurice Horowitch Career Center. Turning to a life-long interest in real estate, Shelly founded Morris Management Company and spent the rest of his business career owning and managing residential and commercial real estate. The business continues under the direction of Shelly’s son, David Horowitch.

In addition to his business interests, Shelly was an avid golfer, tennis player, equestrian and a voracious reader of medical literature.

Shelly is survived by his wife Sheila; daughter Jill Greiss and her husband Rory Greiss; son David Horowitch and his wife Lynn Horowitch; daughter Amy Horowitch Hale; and seven grandchildren: Ryan, Dylan and Kelly Greiss, Megan Horowitch, Alexandra (Horowitch) Blau, and Cameron and Cody Hale.

Funeral services are private for the immediate family.

Donations in Shelly’s memory may be made to Hamilton College’s Maurice Horowitch Career Center or the American Red Cross, Central NY Chapter.

Sisskind Funeral Service LLC has arrangements.

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I want to express my deepest sympathy to Mrs. Horowitch and Jill, David and Amy and their families. I worked with Dr. Horowitch as his secretary at Morris Distributing. He was a very nice man and I will remember him fondly. My best to the Horowitch family. Sincerely, Janet

Written by Janet Henry
2020-07-02 1:56:17 PM

Dear Sheila and family -- it is with great sadness that we learned Sheldon had passed the other day. We wish to extend our deepest condolences to you and your family. There are people whose lives affect not only their family but their community and almost anyone they come in contact with and Sheldon was certainly one of those rare individuals. Whether as a doctor, a businessman or family member Sheldon's influence spread to others generally improving their lives. Personally I always remember his voice saying Alan- Alan how are you with his eyes sparkling whenever we saw each other. While it is sad to lose someone so dear I am sure we will have a slight smile on our face when we think about him as the years go by. All of our lives were better by his having lived among us and we will miss him dearly. Alan and Zandra

Written by Alan zalbowitz
2020-07-02 4:35:00 PM

Dear Aunt Sheila, David, Lynn, Jill, Rory, Amy and families, We wanted to express our deepest sympathies for the loss of "Uncle Shelly". We remember seeing him last at the wedding of Nicole and Dan. He was doing pretty well then and it was a great visit. This is such a stressful time. We wish we could offer some type of personal support. If there is anything we can do to ease your grief, let us know. Love Vicki and Gary

Written by vicki rothman
2020-07-02 7:25:28 PM