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Stephen Samuel Rykus (Fogel)

Current Location:: Monroe Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States
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Birthplace: Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, Québec, Canada
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Son of Allan Fogel and Mary Rykus
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Father of Private and Private
Half brother of Private; Private; Private and Private

Occupation: Printing Sales, Advertising Printing Mgr.
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About Stephen Rykus

I was born in Jewish General Hospital in Montreal Quebec, Canada on Sept. 26, 1946. I was one of the first of the Baby Boomers generation, born just nine months after the end of World War ll. My biological father, Allan Fogel and my mother Mary Finkelstein, were married in Temple Solomon on Sept 7, 1940 in Montreal. With the onset of WW ll they decided to marry before he was drafted into the military. He returned from the war in 1945 and I was born in 1946. They lived happily for a few years, but for reasons that are still not clear to me, either his personality changed during the war or he decided he didn't want to be a married man with responsibilities. He was not home often and stop being a good husband and father. I have no recollection of him living with me. Mom was very unhappy and decided to divorce him. Whether he had other women in his life,or, or he became restless after 5 years away from home, he chose not to be a good husband or father. These were traits they follow him throughout the rest of his life with his marriage to two other women and fathered three other children.

Mom couldn't be married to a man who who was neither a good father or husband and decided to divorce him In 1952.  She had separated from him in 1950 when I was four and over the next four years, I rarely saw him. His choice, not mine. 

At this point in her life, Montreal only brought her unhappy memories. The loss of her mother at 13 years old, her father at 16, the loss of her sister Sally and brother Sam a few years later, and finally the loss of her first love, Al Fogel, Montreal only had bad memories for her. She needed to get away from Montreal.

So, being the brave woman she was, she decided to move us to New York, to live with her two sisters, Frances and Rae, to get a fresh start in life. We boarded a train in Montreal on a Tuesday morning, in November 1953 and arrived at Grand Central Terminal in New York City, nine hours later. Her sister Francis met us at the train station and said we had to hurry home, so she wouldn't miss "Uncle Milty" (Milton Berle) on TV.

We lived at 220 East 18th Street, in a 6th-floor apartment building with my two aunts, Francis Fink (shorten her name for business) and Rae Finkelstein, in a one bedroom apartment. A year and a half later, on March 6, 1955, Mom married Albert Rykus, who she met while working at Lamston's, which was a neighborhood 5 and 10 cents retail store like Woolworth's. She worked as a store clerk, and he was the store manager. I know she loved him, but I also know that she wanted to provide a stable home life for me. I also know she also married him because he loved her very much, who could provide for the both of us as. For me, it was the right and best decision she could have ever made. I've never thought of him as a step-father, but my real father and my only Dad. I was 8 years old when they married and for the rest of his life, he gave me his love as if I was his biological son His my model of what a father should be. For a young boy, that's what I needed. His actions taught me what it was to be a man, a husband, and a father, I'll always be grateful to him and I hold a special place for him in my heart.

It was for this reason that In 1964, at the age of 17, I choose to legally change my last name from Fogel to Rykus. I wanted to have my Step-Father's last name to honor him since he was the man who brought me up and gave me his love and devotion for his whole life, in my heart, this was the right thing to do.

My birth name was Samuel Stephen Fogel. I was named after my mother's brother Samuel Finkelstein, who had passed away three years prior to my birth, at the young age of 36. My mother never called me Sam or Samuel but called Stephen and Steve by my friends.

Many years later and to my surprise, when I reviewed my name change on the legal papers, I noticed that that the lawyers accidentally left out Samuel as part of my name and my new legal name was listed as Stephen Rykus. This was a mistake that neither my mother nor I noticed at the time. I still consider Samuel as part of my name, in honor of my mother and her brother.

I grew up on the streets of Brooklyn, where I was educated and I eventually met the love of my life, Susan Raboy who gave birth to our two sons, Lee and Jan. Brooklyn will always be home to me. I may be Canadian born, with family still living there, but in my heart, I'm a Brooklyn boy. In 1989 we moved to Manalapan, NJ where we lived for 25 years and in Sept. 2016, we moved to a 55+ community in Monroe Township, NJ, where we live at this time of writing, June 2018</p> <p>In July 2018, through a DNA match, I was connected to a half brother, a never knew I had, Harvey Gencher. Harvey was the child of my mother and Horace Diamond. He was born on Feb. 11, 2011. A wonderful discovery!</p>

GEDCOM Note

GEDCOM Note

<p>Between 1899-1901, nearly 3,000 Jewish immigrants come to Montreal, mainly from</p> <p>Romania and Russia. They were escaping poverty, pogroms and persecution.</p> <p> By 1901, the population of Jewish Montreal reaches 16, 716.</p> <p> The newly-arrived immigrants continue to settle around St. Lawrence Boulevard and</p> <p>due to their large numbers and success in Montreal, there is a rapid increase in Jewish</p> <p>schools, synagogues, charities, stores, delis, tailors, newspapers, social groups, clubs and</p> <p>other organizations.</p> <p> The Uptowners was the nickname given to the first wave of Jewish immigrants who</p> <p>were very well settled in Montreal and successful in business and Montreal society.</p> <p>They moved from their original place on St. Antoine Street to bigger, fancier houses up</p> <p> </p> <p>on Sherbrooke Street and into Westmount. The Uptowners were already assimilated in-</p> <p>between Montreal’s English and Frenchpopulations and participated fully in the social,</p> <p> </p> <p>political, and sporting world of the city.</p> <p> The Downtowners was the nickname given to the newly arriving, very poor Russian</p> <p>Jewish immigrants who settled along St. Lawrence Boulevard. Many of these</p> <p>immigrants were fleeing prosecution and brought with them a different language</p> <p>(Yiddish) aswell as new political ideas. They would contribute to the changing face of</p> <p>Quebec politics and establish a Yiddish cultural world in Montreal.</p>

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23 JUN 2016 14:51:08 GMT -0500 U.S. Public Records Index MyHeritage Birth information may be included for those residents born primarily between 1900 and 1990. The original sources are not available. Collection 10220

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https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10220/us-public-reco... 4 <p>Stephen S Rykus
Birth: Sep 26 1946
  Possible relatives: NameBirthAlbert RykusAug 7 1919Mary RykusJuly 12 1921Susan A RykusJune 26 1949Jan C RykusJune 26 1949Lee Mark RykusJan 11 1973
  Residences: ResidenceDate105 Pierpont Pl, Staten IslandNew York 10314-7835, USASep 1 1984Show neighbors309 Century Way, ManalapanNew Jersey 07726-8773, USAJuly 1 1999Show neighbors640 The Vlg, Unit 215, Redondo BeachCalifornia 90277-2727, USAShow neighbors8 Dayton Ln, ManalapanNew Jersey 07726-2805, USAShow neighbors
  Phone numbers:
Number Date
(908) 462-5535 Jan 1 1998
(732) 462-5535 Between July 1 1999 and Jan 10 2009
(732) 462-9060 Between July 1 1999 and Jan 10 2009
462-5535 Nov 13 2000
(718) 996-7267 Nov 13 2000
996-7267 Jan 1 2001
(310) 462-5535 July 13 2001
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Title Business Place
Process Agent Century Graphics Llc Manalapan, New Jersey, USA</p> Record 10220:41192182: