Seymour "Sy" Sussman, the former longtime president of the Northwest Loan Co., a Pennsylvania Avenue pawnshop, died Sunday at the North Oaks retirement community near Owings Mills of complications from dementia. He was 87.
The son of Joseph Sussman, who founded the Northwest Loan Co. in 1919, and Jean Sussman, a homemaker, Seymour Sussman was born in Baltimore and raised on Cottage Avenue.
He was a 1945 graduate of Forest Park High School and attended the Johns Hopkins University before joining his father's business.
Mr. Sussman worked for the pawnshop in the 1700 block of Pennsylvania Ave. for 65 years — 35 years as president — until retiring in 2012.
He had been a member of the boards of National City Bank, Baltimore Savings & Loan Association and Key Federal Savings & Loan.
Services were Tuesday at Sol Levinson & Bros. in Pikesville.
In addition to his son, Mr. Sussman is survived by his wife of 63 years, the former Barbara Miller; another son, John R. Sussman of Washington, Conn.; a daughter, Lynn S. Daube of Stamford, Conn.; a sister, Selma Shaivitz of Pikesville; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.