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.