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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Solomon Figelman

Solomon (Sol) Figelman, Charlottesville, Virginia - Sol Figelman, formerly of Saratoga Springs, died November 30, 2015 in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Sol was born on November 10, 1919, at 75 Orchard Street, New York City.  He grew up at 120 Grand Avenue in a neighborhood which at that time was mostly Italian and African American.  He got along well with everyone, and it was there that his easy-going, trusting nature was forged. 

Sol graduated from Saratoga High School in 1938.  After a brief stint in New York City, he returned to Saratoga and worked as a supervisor at the New Star Laundry for many years.  In the mid-1960’s he took over the family business, I. Figelman and Son, Scrap Metal Dealers, after his brother, Irving, moved to Florida.  Sol ran the scrap metal business until just after his 90th birthday, and stated with pride:  “I never cheated anyone out of one penny.”  He loved dogs, and a small poodle was his constant companion.  After his third dog died when Sol was 87, he immediately got another puppy.  Sol lived independently at his Ritchie Place home until just after his 90th birthday, going to work six days weekly and enjoying evenings taking his dog for a ride and watching his beloved televised Yankee games.  When he was no longer able to walk because of his post-polio syndrome, he moved into an assisted living facility.  After the death of his brother, Morris, in 2013, Sol moved to Colonnades Skilled Nursing Facility in Charlottesville, VA, to be closer to his remaining family. 

Sol is survived by his nieces:  Adele Abrahamse Roof of Charlottesville, VA and Anita Zatz of Leesburg, VA;  Grandniece:  Augusta Abrahamse de Fuentes of Washington, DC;  and Grandnephew:  David Zatz and his wife Melissa of Ashburn, VA. 

Sol was the son of the late Israel and Bessie Figelman.  He is predeceased by his siblings:  Irving (Freda), Betty Keveles (Louis), Bertha Garbarsky (Sidney), and Morris. 

Funeral Services and Interment will be held on Friday, December 4, 2015, 11:00 a.m., at Congregation Shaara Tfille and Cemetery, 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Arrangements under the direction of Compassionate Funeral Care, Inc., 402 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY. 

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  1. I called him Solly. my earliest memories of his kindness and sense of humor that I enjoyed very back to my being 3 years old. he was like an Uncle to me. I loved him very much and am thankful that though I live far away...I have been able to speak to him over the phone on occasion over the years...and even visit him during my younger adult years. what a wonderful man. his kindness and caring nature inspired me to always want to do the *right thing* . the memories I have of him make me smile and warm my heart. I have always kept a photo of dad and me as a little girl in a frame in our living room. see you later Solly <3

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