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Seymour Sussman
Seymour Sussman (Handout, Baltimore Sun)

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.

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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.

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He had been a member of the boards of National City Bank, Baltimore Savings & Loan Association and Key Federal Savings & Loan.

Mr. Sussman's philanthropic interests included Itineris Foundation Inc., which helps autistic adults.

The former Velvet Valley resident moved to North Oaks a year ago.

He enjoyed playing golf, tennis, canoeing and riding his bike.

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"When he was in his 60s, he bicycled the Skyline Drive [in Virginia's Shenandoah National Park] and kept on riding his bike into his 70s," said a son, Richard D. "Rick" Sussman of Guilford.

Mr. Sussman was a member of Beth El Congregation.

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.

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