Fay C. Brickman, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday, passed away on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at home, surrounded by her children. Born and raised in Charleston, Fay was the youngest of the five children of Ida and Samuel Cohen. Fay graduated from Memminger High School for Girls and received her Bachelor's degree from the College of Charleston in 1943. She married her high school sweetheart, Jack P. Brickman, of blessed memory, after he returned from serving in combat in the Pacific theater, with the rank of Captain, during World War II. They were happily married for seventy years, raising six children, all six of whom received law degrees.
Fay was known by all for her compassion, sweetness, selflessness, intelligence and great sense of humor. She was a wonderful woman whose acts of loving-kindness, charity and generosity were legendary. She especially cared for those who were vulnerable and overlooked. She saw only the good in everyone and expressed love for everyone. She was devoted to her synagogue, Brith Shalom Beth Israel. At the synagogue Fay served in many roles, including Sisterhood President and as the leader of the Condolence Committee, providing comfort to mourning families. Fay and Jack established endowed scholarships at both the College of Charleston and the University of Virginia Law School. In addition, the Preschool at the Addlestone Hebrew Academy was named after them.
In 2005, then Mayor Joe P. Riley issued a proclamation naming August 21st as "Jack and Fay Brickman Day" as part of "The Crown of the Good Name" honoring their decades of charity and devotion to the Charleston community. On her hundredth birthday, Charleston Mayor John J. Tecklenburg proclaimed June 17, 2021 "Fay Brickman Day". In addition, on her 100th birthday, her life story was recorded in the U.S. Congressional Record by US Senator Tim Scott, and the flag flying above the U.S. Capitol on that day was presented to Fay. Both Mayor Tecklenburg and Senator Scott visited Fay to celebrate her 100th birthday.
Fay always commemorated holidays and life events with her own poetry and all who received these poems treasure them to this day.
Fay is survived by her six loving and beloved children: Steven Alan Brickman of Birmingham; Barbara Brickman Stein (Sheldon Stein) of Dallas, TX; Michael Joseph Brickman (Tippy Stern Brickman) of Charleston; David Reuben Brickman (Nancy Brickman) of Dallas, TX; Lowell Kapler Brickman (Jeanette Brickman) of Austin, TX; and Luba Brickman Seidman (Steven Seidman) of Chappaqua, NY. Fay was "Grandma Fay" to over twenty five grandchildren and great-grandchildren and Aunt Fay to many more.
The entire Brickman family is thankful for and tremendously moved by the outpouring of support they have received.
The family requests that donations please be made in Fay's memory to her beloved BSBI Synagogue, 182 Rutledge Avenue, Charleston, SC, 29403.
Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel.