Shoe In­dus­try Vet­eran Robert Siff Passes Away

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For­mer footwear in­dus­try vet­eran Robert Siff, died on Septem­ber. 11 af­ter a 20year bat­tle with Alzheimer’s dis­ease. He was 94.

Dur­ing his long ca­reer, Siff served as pres­i­dent and CEO of B-W Footwear, Am­bas­sador Shoe and BWA In­ter­na­tional.

Siff was a life­time di­rec­tor and past pres­i­dent of Two Ten Footwear Foun­da­tion. He served on the board of di­rec­tors of the Worces­ter Jewish Fed­er­a­tion, the Eco­tar­ium mu­seum of science and na­ture, Clark Univer­sity Cen­ter for Holo­caust and Geno­cide Stud­ies, Worces­ter Jewish Health­care Cen­ter, among other or­ga­ni­za­tions. He re­ceived the T. Kenyon Holly Me­mo­rial Award and An­gels in Adop­tion Award. The Com­mon­wealth of Mas­sachusetts ded­i­cated the Robert M. Siff State Square in Web­ster, Mass.

Af­ter com­plet­ing his fresh­man year at Brown Univer­sity, Siff en­listed in the United States Army where he served as a mem­ber of the 95th in­fantry di­vi­sion un­der Gen­eral Ge­orge S. Pat­ton. He fought in the Bat­tle of the Bulge and helped lib­er­ate two con­cen­tra­tion camps. Flu­ent in Ger­man and Yid­dish, Siff also served as an in­ter­preter for the mil­i­tary and earned a Bronze Star. Fol­low­ing World War II, he com­pleted his stud­ies at Brown Univer­sity.

He is sur­vived by his wife, Shirley Siff; son Larry Siff and daugh­ter-in-law Joan Siff; daugh­ter Karen Ann Siff-exkorn and son-in-law Franklin Exkorn. He also leaves be­hind grand­chil­dren Jake, Emily, Matthew and An­drew.

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