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Mount Sinai Obituaries and Services » Martin Kassap
June 6, 1930 - September 25, 2021
Service Information Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills - Mount Sinai Chapel
Service Date: Wednesday September 29th, 2021
Service Time: 10:00 am
Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills - Mount Sinai Chapel
5950 Forest Lawn Drive
Los Angeles, California 90068
Martin “Marty” Kassap
Martin “Marty” Kassap was born on June 6, 1930 to Solomon and Clara Kassap in Brooklyn, New York. He was the eldest of three sons. Through the years, Marty and his brothers, Irwin and Stanley, gave their parents a run for their money with their many pranks and adventures.
The Kassap family moved to Los Angeles when Marty was 14 years old. A few years later, he met the lovely Sylvia Fineman at a B’nai B’rith/Aleph Zadik Aleph party. He knew he had found a true gem — a beautiful woman with a beautiful heart. They married on June 17, 1951.
Marty enlisted in the Naval Reserve in 1955. He completed officer training, became a Lieutenant Junior Grade, and was promoted to Lieutenant. He served on the USS Haven AH-12, the lead ship of a class of hospital ships built for the U.S. Navy during WWII. He traveled through Korea, France, and many other countries.
Marty deeply valued education and earned his Bachelor Degree at California State University, Long Beach and Master’s Degree at USC. After graduating, he taught elementary school for many years before joining his brothers in the bedspread industry and then starting his own business helping schools fundraise.
In 1955, Marty and Sylvia bought their first home in Lakewood, CA, in a newly developed tract they visited often to watch the construction of their new home. They raised two daughters, Sheryl and Julie, and remained there for 30 years, during which time both daughters graduated high school and college, married, began their careers, and had one son each. Their grandsons, Jordan and David, are just four months apart in age.
Throughout Marty’s life, he was obsessed with sports. It really didn’t matter which sport. He loved them all— and even attended random high school football games just to cheer on the teams. Favorite sports memories include seeing his grandson David score a homerun on his youth baseball team; public outbursts as Marty listened to games on his transistor radio through a discreetly placed ear piece; and cheering on grandson Jordan during his 15 years of soccer, tracking his goals on the field and in the newspaper. Marty loved sports!
While the Kassap family had many pets through the years, Marty found his soulmate in the family’s beloved German Shepard mix, Solomon. Solomon accompanied Marty everywhere and rarely left his side, unless it was to break up arguments between Sheryl and Julie by standing between them on his hind legs. Marty loved Solomon like a son. Ask anyone who knew Marty and Solomon!
After several decades in their Lakewood home, Marty and Sylvia moved to the community of Laguna Woods, where they were excited to begin an active new life. They quickly settled in, making many lifelong friends and enjoying incredible times. They were active in the Nifty Fifty Club (where they remained members through their sixties!), New York Club, New Jersey Club, and more. And Marty was a force to be reckoned with on the Table Tennis team after perfecting his signature (and deadly) serve, which rattled his opponents.
Marty lived his life as a proud, loyal man with deep integrity, a sharp sense of humor, and strong work ethic, which he passed down to both daughters, who made him incredibly proud through their many talents and accomplishments. And his beloved Sylvia, the love of his life and longtime educator herself, was always at his side.
Marty leaves his beautiful wife of 70 years, Sylvia Kassap; his daughters Sheryl Sack and Julie Weeks; his grandsons Jordan Weeks and David Sack; his great granddaughter Shay Weeks; and loving cousins, nephews, and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, along with many dear friends and family members. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to express sympathy can consider a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project (https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate) in Marty Kassap’s name.
“Other things may change us, but we start and end with family.” – Anthony Brandt