Solomon, or Sol, as he was affectionately known to his many friends locally and globally, was born to the late Lolly (Reginald) Marks and Beatrice Marks, nee Kramer on 10 June 1948 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was the third and youngest child in the family, his two older siblings being the late Kenneth Marks and Ingrid Sacke, who currently resides in TorontoSol was named after his grandfather, the late Solomon Kramer, who together with his wife, the late Dora Stein, arrived in South Africa from their Lithuanian homeland.
With extremely hard work, his grandfather, an entrepreneur well known throughout South Africa, built a national chain of Solly Kramer branded liquor stores , which were eventually sold to a publicly traded company. Sol inherited both his grandfather’s love for hard work and business acumen, and over 2 decades, together with his brother Ken, sister Ingrid, and mother Beatrice, built a chain of Music stores, at that time the largest retail music chain in Africa. Known as “The Turntable”, these stores were located in the major upscale shopping malls, and were the music retail leaders in the country. In addition to the chain of stores, Sol owned a stake in racehorses, and the pictures of him leading these race horses out of the paddocks to the track, are still so vivid in our minds.
He had many hobbies, which included photography, both in taking pictures and developing the negatives. He loved animals and would go on weekends to the Kruger National Park, where he would photograph the animals using his NIKON camera in their natural state – his walls at home were adorned with impressive pictures he took of rhino, hippopotamus, elephant and lions in the wilds. Another hobby of his was building models of cars and motorbikes, which gradually morphed into buying the actuals cars and bikes themselves. He proudly owned a MG convertible sports car and a Honda Goldwing motorbike.
Sol left South Africa in the late 80’s for the USA, settled in Houston, Texas and established himself as a skilled salesperson in the audio and electronic fields. He was a proud Texan resident and would always take visiting family and friends for a Chili Con Carne or smoky Texas-style BBQ meal, accompanied with a Lone Star beer. Much like his prior years, Sol was still passionate about cars, and he would proudly shine and drive around town in his red corvette. Besides his love for cars, his other passion was football, and he never missed a game on TV. He knew every football stat that was ever out there to be known.
Sol will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his family, many friends and past staff and clients. He will be remembered both as a business visionary, and a gregarious and outgoing friend. He is sadly missed by his loving sister Ingrid, who would call him daily.
Our thanks extend to the many doctors and healthcare professionals who treated him, and to Mizeeba Lang, the staff and residents at Golden Years.
We take comfort in knowing that Sol will soon be re- united with his loving parents, brother, and family, and that his soul will find peace