Syril H. Frank

May 1, 1929October 5, 2021

FRANK--Syril Harriet. Syril Harriet Frank (May 1, 1929 -- October 5, 2021) born in Brooklyn to Israel and Mina Kaplan. Lived a long and adventurous life: Brooklyn to Cuba, China to Australia, and many stops in between, not the least of which were Florence and Paris! Fashion Institute of Technology (1950's), Masters Degree in Art History from CUNY (1979). 1952 married Fred Goldhirsch, 1954 gave birth to Robert, second son Douglas in 1956. Syril passed away in the house that Fred built in 1954. Divorced in 1966 remarried in 1968 to Walter Frank until his passing in 2012. She loved art, sailing, skiing, travelling, the beach, and most of all her family and friends. She was a touchstone for so many sharing a remarkable zest for life. She is survived by children Robert and Douglas (Sharon) Goldhirsch, Grandson Rafael Goldhirsch, nephews David and Joel Simkins, and many cousins. Grandson Rafael (16) wrote: "She taught me so many priceless lessons of love, soul, . . . giving, gratitude, and living your best life. What it meant to be strong and brave. 'Say not in grief she is no more, but in thankfulness that she was'." A private service is planned.


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Agnes Frank

October 15, 2021

Syril was the kindest, nicest person I even met in my long life. Artist, skier, sailor, she was perfect in everything she touched.

Steve Lutz

October 13, 2021

The thing I always loved most about Syril was her open mind and intense curiosity about everything. She was the easiest person to talk to about nearly anything and so many conversations with her included laughter. She was an amazing person.

Mona Schechner

October 12, 2021

There are no words to express our sadness over the passing of our beloved friend & neighbor for the past 28 years, Syril. She was beautiful inside and out and was an inspiration on how to live life to the fullest. I will forever miss our visits on her deck and in her kitchen, her lengthy detailed 2+ minutes voicemails, her signature green eyeshadow and nail polish along with her bright smile and upbeat positive attitude. My condolences to Bob, Douglas and her entire family on such a great loss.

Lee Seeman

October 11, 2021

I recall, 66 years ago, seeing this beautiful girl dancing around the room wearing a gorgeous dress and gold-trimmed gloves. I had to meet her! And I did, and our friendship remained all these years. Her guidance was an inspiration and great help through many trials and tribulations. I miss you so much, Cryril. Love, your best friend, Lee.

Linda Marks Katz

October 9, 2021

Syril visited my mother Nancy Marks shortly before her passing. I was there and asked her a question: "What was the bravest thing you ever did, something you feel proud of?" She said that she wasn't proud of the following story but it took bravery. She was sailing with her husband Walter when a gale arose. People were heading back to shore but she didn't think it was necessary until the winds picked up even more and convinced her it was time to get back to the dock. She had given Walter a book with a title like "How To Sail." Right before getting to the dock, they capsized and had to be brought to safety. From the safety of the dock, Syril saw "How to Sail," floating out to sea.

I will always honor your courage to be captain of your own ship, dear Syril.

With great appreciation and love,

David Simkins

October 8, 2021

It's hard to believe that it was only last Thursday when Eileen and I spoke to Syril and talked about her coming out to Arizona in December for what would (hopefully) be warmer weather than in New York. We both loved her immensely and had a hard time keeping up with her, especially at museums, as she always found another exhibit to see before leaving! We are going to miss our calls every few weeks and the world is just a little emptier without her. Love you aunt Syril, rest in peace.

Paria Toobian

October 7, 2021

In the short time I knew Syril, she really became an inspiration to my daughter and I. I was inspired by her love of nature and travel, and most importantly, her positive outlook and grateful attitude. She welcomed me to the neighborhood with open arms and I will forever be appreciative of that. We already miss you and we know you are somewhere with your husband surrounded by your lilacs that you loved so much and of course wearing your signature green nail polish!

Love, your neighbor across the street, Paria Toobian