Sid F. Gitterman, 83, founder of Crown Boiler Co. in Kensington, died Sunday of heart failure and complications from Alzheimer's disease at his home in Aventura, Fla. He also had homes in Philadelphia and Atlantic City.
Mr. Gitterman's company built boilers for hot-water and steam-heating systems. He retired from the daily operation of the company about 1972, but he continued to own the plant until his death.
Though a successful businessman, Mr. Gitterman's heart was in show business. When he was 18, he ran away to Hollywood to become an actor, said his wife, Ethel Janoff Gitterman. After his father became sick a year or two later, he returned home to help out in his contracting business.