In Memory of



Obituary for Hyman Kaplan

Hyman Kaplan, 92, a longtime resident of Poughkeepsie died peacefully at home surrounded by his loved ones on February 20, 2021. Hy was born on November 30, 1928 in the Bronx, to Fannie and David Kaplan. Despite difficult times growing up during the depression, Hy was a fun loving kid who could often be found hopping on the back of trolley cars and playing neighborhood stick ball.

Hyman served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was very proud of his service to his country. Following the Army, he studied electronics at the RCA Institute and then began a 36 year career at IBM. Hy’s colleagues at IBM lauded him for his professionalism, his willingness to help others, his kindness and his sense of humor.

Hy and his wife Betty were wed in Yonkers, New York in 1953 and they were very happily married for 67 years. Hy and Betty created a loving family which included sons Michael, David and daughter Ellen. His children speak of his great support, his strong moral principles, his warmth and his fun loving nature. Hy enjoyed summers together with his family on Cape Cod for over 45 years.

Throughout his life, he pursued many hobbies including stamp and coin collecting and a love of classical music. He was a strong supporter of the local arts and an avid fan of the New York Mets. His interest in cooking led him to taking classes at the Culinary Institute of America. He also volunteered at the Jewish Community Center where he served on the Board of Directors and was a cook for Sunday breakfasts. After retiring from IBM in 1991, he and Betty travelled widely to places including Israel, Greece, Turkey, and throughout Europe. He also continued his quest for knowledge as a longtime member of the Center for Lifetime Studies.

Hyman is survived by his loving wife Betty, his son Dr. Michael Kaplan and wife Dr. Michelle Stram, son David Kaplan and wife Dawn Wright, daughter Ellen Bolland and husband Tony. He is also survived by seven grandchildren including David Kaplan and his wife Jessica, Sara Campbell and her husband Tom, Mathew Kaplan, Melissa Kaplan, Julia Kaplan, Jonathan Bolland and Molly Bolland. Hy’s sister Rose Slavin pre-deceased him.

Hyman was buried earlier this week at a private family funeral at Temple Beth-El Cemetery in Poughkeepsie. In memory of Hyman Kaplan, donations may be made to the Hudson Valley chapter of the Alzheimer's Association or Temple Beth-El in Poughkeepsie, New York.

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