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Sidney W. Popkin, 93, Shoe-Store Owner and Volunteer

July 30, 2009
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Sidney W. Popkin, 93, co-owner of Popkin's Shoes in Pennsylvania and New Jersey for many years, died July 5. He was a resident of Cape Coral, Fla.

Born in Bristol, Pa., Popkin attended Bristol High School, Drexel Institute of Technology and Temple University.

He spent many years in Bucks County, and was involved with organizations and community activities including the Bristol Borough Recreation Board, past president of the Bristol Fish and Game Protection Association, past president of the Loveladies Harbor Organization, past officer of the Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, Bristol Borough Marine Authority and Special Police, board member of the Delaware Valley Mental Health Foundation, and a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Popkin also served on the Bucks County School Board for more than 20 years, where he served as president for three terms and president of the Bristol Borough School Board for two terms. He was a board member of International School Services, and served as a member of several study and consultant teams.

In addition, he was chairman of the Four County Legislative Committee for Education and, in Lee County, was past president of the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program and the School Board Personnel Advisory Committee.

He was one of seven survivors of a major airline crash in Boston Harbor in 1960.

Popkin is survived by his wife, Ruth Mutchler; daughter Sheryl Triebe; son Terry Popkin; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Beatrice Azarchi, in 1988, and a daughter, Sheila Popkin.

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