Lichy, Sidney Z. “Sid”

Sidney Z. Lichy, Jr. “Sid” age 58, left those of us to mourn him on February 26, 2021 very suddenly and unexpectedly, leaving a huge void in the lives of those who loved him.

Sid was born on April 15th, 1962 in Czechoslovakia and then in 1969, fled with his parents to the United States during the Soviet invasion, where they gained U.S. citizenship. He grew up in Fairview Park, Ohio, graduated, and then with his family, moved to Strongsville, Ohio. From Strongsville, Ohio, Sid followed his dream of owning his own business and moved to Jacksonville, FL in 1983 where he started his career in the airline/transportation business. In Jacksonville, FL, he interned for a small airline, Dolphin Airlines, but then became predominantly employed by Burlington Air Express for several years and was then promoted to Regional Manager which required him to transfer to Orlando, FL.

After several years, Burlington Air Express was acquired by Airborne Express. Due to Airborne’s unfortunate corporate struggles, Sid was determined to pursue his quest to become an entrepreneur and settled in St. Petersburg, FL where opportunity presented itself to own a franchise with Greyhound Bus Lines.

In 1995, he finally ventured out and seized the opportunity to become self-employed and start his own transportation business that was called GO Tours. His service offered unparalleled door to door service for his devoted clients to local airports as well as cruise ship ports, which became a highly successful career. Sid enjoyed fishing, boating, traveling, and the diverse culture that St. Pete has to offer. In his spare time, he loved to play and excelled in poker tournaments as well as enjoying the flavor of arts, museums, and theater. He also cherished the relationship he shared with his sister.
He was deeply knowledgeable in worldly events and local culture. Sid loved ethnic food and had a palate for trying new cuisines however, he favored Eastern European meals but especially the ones that his sister Jeanette would prepare to continue the legacy of their Mother’s ethnic traditions after she went to be with the Lord in 2008.

He blended in with multiple personalities effortlessly in his line of the transportation business. His customers absolutely loved him, and Sid was their welcoming committee with updates on new restaurants or events happening in the area. He enjoyed spending time with friends and took great pride in tending to his duties as a big brother to his little sister.
Sid had such charisma about him that it was infectious. He was personable to everyone he knew, but Sid’s greatest trait was his benevolence to others. He will truly be missed and leave cherished memories for many.

Sid leaves to mourn his loss, his cherished and loving sister Jeanette Augustine and his best friend since high school, Mark Bollinger and his wife Debbie, an Aunt and Uncle, cousins, valued friends, and an extensive clientele.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sidney Z. Lichy, Sr. and Anna G. Lichy.

There will be a Celebration of Sid’s life at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 N. Ridge Rd., Sheffield Twp. on Sunday, March 14, 2021 from 1pm to 3pm. There will be a time of social gathering from 1-2pm with the memorial service beginning at 2pm.


 

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8 Comments

  1. My wife Sandy and I are so saddened by our friend Sid’s
    passing. We will tune in from St Pete Beach, Fl.

  2. On behalf of the Rovin/ Crawford family we want to express our deepest sympathy. We have known Sid for 15 years and always appreciated his sense of humor and kind spirit. He was a godsend to our family over the past year driving my father in law to all of his life saving medical appointments throughout the pandemic. We were not allowed to see Alyn at his assisted living facility but Sid was able to see him as his driver. He was a true friend to Alyn driving him twice a day 3-4 days per week to and from dialysis. He was always so kind, helpful and reliable. We knew something was terribly wrong when he did not show up to take him on 2/24. We tried and tried to reach him and were so sad to learn of his passing. Please know that we are sending love and prayers. May his memory be a blessing.

  3. Jeanette, my sincere and deepest condolences to you and to the many friends who mourn Sid. He will forever be loved and remembered so fondly. I couldn’t be prouder to have grown up with Sid, who now leaves me with such fond childhood memories. Rip my sweet friend, till we meet again ❤🌜🤗

    Love always,
    Olga Roderick

  4. Bob and I are so sad. We loved Sid. We have known him for at least 15 years. He has driven us so many places and always had something informative to say or a good joke or two. We always had a lively debate about many topics. This was gut wrenching to learn. RIP Sid, you are really missed.

  5. Jeanette,

    My deepest condolences to you, your family, and Sid’s many friends. My family and I have been clients of Sid for at least 15 – 20 years. But more importantly, we all considered Sid to be a true family friend. Sid was a great beginning and end to every trip we took to St. Pete. I will miss Sid terribly. I’ll always cherish his infectious personality, the life advice he gave me over the years, and the funny and enlightening conversations we had when traveling together. Sending love from the entire Kody family.

  6. I am shocked and saddened to hear of Sid’s passing! He was not only our families driver to our vacation condo in Saint Pete for the last 24 years, but he had become such a good friend! Even though we only saw him several times a year, Sid and I kept in touch on FaceBook! God bless you Sid and please keep an eye on us from your’ new heavenly home! The family will be in our thoughts and prayers!
    With love
    Dan and Kasia Hasch

  7. I was so sorry to read this. We knew Sid for many, many years. He would pick us up at
    the Tampa airport and take us back once a month. He knew and watched our children
    grow up and grandchildren. We were calling him the end February over and over and
    knew something was wrong. We will miss his smile, laugh and presence.
    Frank and Sandy Spalitto

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