KEY BISCAYNE, FLA. – M. Michael and Tamah Lichterman Sadick, a much-loved couple, died in April within six days of each other at their home in Key Biscayne, Florida, after almost 73 years of marriage. Mike was seven weeks short of his 103rd birthday. Tamah was 94.
Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, Mike was the son of Abraham Sadick and Lena Malovany Sadick, immigrants from Poland. Tamah, born in Brooklyn, New York, was the daughter of Benjamin Lichterman, born in St. Louis, Missouri, and Nettie Yelon Lichterman, born in Russia.
Mike was a graduate of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute; was commissioned into the Navy as a lieutenant during World War II; began his career in Springfield, Massachusetts; and then moved to Providence in 1953. He was the president of Paige Industrial Corporation, Sightmaster Corporation and National Collapsible Tube Company.
Tamah was a graduate of Smith College where she earned a B.S. in Zoology and an M.S. in Biology. She founded the Biology Department at Roger Williams Junior College prior to its becoming Roger Williams University; taught at Brown University and Rhode Island College; earned a Ph.D. in Bio Behavioral Science at the University of Connecticut; and then studied genetics and became a genetic counselor. She also founded Project Eye Opener, which enabled inner city children to enjoy nature field trips.
Mike and Tamah spent many years sailing on Narragansett Bay and around the world. They traveled extensively and lived in Zambia for a time where Mike volunteered as a consultant to advise and teach factory workers.
For a number of years, they spent summers in the mountains of Colorado until they became year-round residents of Key Biscayne.
They are survived by Mike’s sister Marian Sadick Adler of Hartford, Connecticut; two daughters: Martha Sadick Aron (Barry) of Gaithersburg, Maryland, and Barbara Sadick of New York City and were predeceased in 2002 by their son Peter William Sadick; five grandchildren: Benjamin Jablow (Abbey), Rachel Jablow, Abigail Jablow Sherman (Brad), Michael King-Sadick and Alexander King, six nieces and two nephews. Four great-grandchildren also survive them: Henry Sherman, Anna Sherman, Cooper Jablow and Ella Jablow.
The family thanks their caregivers Kettie, Jenny, Anna, Rosa, Simone, Maude, Oni, Woody and Staby.
Contributions may be made to Catholic Hospice, 14875 NW 77th Avenue, Suite 100, Miami Lakes, Florida 33014 or to Key Biscayne Fire Rescue Department, 560 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne, Florida 33149.