Briefing: Jewish Federations Mourn the Passing of Sol Siegal,
z”l May 24,
The Jewish Federations of North America mourns the passing of Sol Siegal,
z”l, of Cleveland, OH, father of JFNA Board of Trustees Chair Michael Siegal.
Sol passed away Thursday at the age of 88.
Sol was the founder and chairman emeritus of Olympic Steel. The youngest
child of an immigrant family of 10, he served in the United States Air
Force from 1943 to 1950. He started Olympus Steel in 1954 with his
brothers Morris and Sam; they rented a warehouse in downtown Cleveland and began
selling steel plate. Sol and his family, including Michael Siegal, who is now
the chairman and CEO, expanded the company into a wide variety of industries and
locations, and it is now publicly traded.
The welfare of his employees and the safety of the work environment were top
priorities for Sol. His original mission statement for the company emphasized
respect, teamwork, employee development and integrity, and those values endured
as the company expanded. Through Olympic Steel, he led numerous philanthropic
efforts that improved the lives of individuals and families in Cleveland and
across the country. Olympic Steel awarded 10 annual renewable college
scholarships to children of employees. His charitable vision was shared by the
employees of Olympic Steel, who followed his example and donated their money,
time, clothes and food items to local agencies and causes, including the Make a
Wish Foundation, Cell Phones for Soldiers, Coats for Kids, Harvest for Hunger
and Women in Need.
Sol was a generous supporter of the Cleveland Jewish community. Stephen H.
Hoffman, president of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, said, "Sol was a
joyful person and a great lover of Israel." A past board member of the Jewish
Federation of Cleveland, Sol was also active in the Jewish Federation of South
Palm Beach, where he was honored in March of 2012 for his “consummate
generosity.” He also was a passionate supporter of the Jewish National
Fund, which honored him with its Tree of Life Award.
Sol was a devoted family man who was adored by his daughter Lynn, son Michael
and daughter-in-law Anita, and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The funeral will take place on Tuesday, May 28, at noon at
Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz, 1985 South Taylor Road, Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
Please send notes of condolence to:
Olympic Steel, Inc. 5096 Richmond Road Bedford Heights, OH
May the entire Siegal family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and
Jerusalem and may Sol's memory be forever as a blessing.