Sidney Epstein - at 81; last editor of Washington Star - September 15, 2002

ROCKVILLE, Maryland -- Sidney Epstein, who began his almost five-decade journalism career as a copy boy at one Washington paper and rose to editor of The Washington Star, has died. He was 81.

Sidney Epstein, the last editor of the Washington Evening Star and a Washington newspaperman for almost half a century, died Sept. 15 at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington in Rockville. He was 81 and had suffered from pneumonia.

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"It was my privilege to have conducted the funeral ceremony for Sid Epstein in the Ft. Myers Chapel with full military honors and internment in the Columbarium in the Arlington National Cemetery. It was a Hebrew/Christian service. A Marine Corps General spoke regarding Sid's military service, nephew Jerry Ceppos spoke on behalf of the family, and Pulitzer Prize Winner Bernstein spoke for the Star alumni.

The motorcade to the Comumbarium was led by the Marine Band, the caisson carrying Sid, the horse with the empty boots, followed by many cars carrying friends and family members. As the service there ended and Taps were sounded, Sid's cremains were placed in a niche and I pronounced a Blessing on those who were gathered there. Then came the sound of men reciting the Jewish Mourner's Prayer. It was beautiful. May Sid Rest In Peace." -  Arnold Taylor 2009

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