Fallen Warriors

Sidney Englander - Class Of 1968

Sidney C. Englander




Sidney C. Englander 67, now knows the mysteries of life and death and the wonders of the infinite universe created by God. He died on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at home surrounded by his loved ones. His earthly body transformed into his glorified body as he entered Heaven. He is now reunited with all of his loved ones that predeceased him. They have prepared his Heavenly home and he is now in the eternal peace and bliss that God had promised him. And he is now in the presence of Jesus Christ who welcomed and embraced him as he entered Heaven. Sidney is survived by his mother Ruby Englander, sister Devra Padron, nephews Charles and Roger Coleman, brother-in-law Nelson Padron, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Roger and Liz Schuster, cousins Emmett, Susan, Keith and Scott Mercier in New Orleans, cousin Cheryl Schaefer in Jacksonville, FL, cousins Ruth, Kenny and Hoppie in Iowa, his fiancé Cindy Rittler, and her family and his devoted and unconditional loving puppies Ginger and Cocoa. Sidney is predeceased by his father, Charles Englander, brothers Chuck and Gary, sister Diane, puppies Knight, Buff, Ace, Freckles, Trinket, Missy and Sally and his beautiful one true love and soulmate, wife, Barbara. Sidney was born and raised in Lakeview subdivision of New Orleans, LA. He attended Lakeview Elementary School then attended Airline Park Elementary School and T. H. Harris Middle School in Metairie, LA. His father was a Lt. Colonel in the Army and was transferred to Fort Monroe Continental Army Command in Hampton, VA. That is where Sidney attended Kecoughtan High School and graduated as an honor student. He then attended Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA and graduated with a B.S. in Biology. He was a member of Tau Sigma Chi fraternity while at Virginia Tech. After graduating from Virginia Tech, Sidney began his 42 year career as a Federal Agent and Supervisory Investigator with the Food and Drug Administration in Baltimore, MD, the Environmental Protection Agency in Montgomery, AL and the Consumer Product Safety Commission in New Orleans, LA. Sidney enjoyed athletics where he played Little League Football and Baseball and was on the wrestling team in high school. He enjoyed weightlifting in his prime but downgraded to lower weights as he gracefully aged. He became an avid golfer and always strived to lower his scores. When asked by other golfers what his handicap was he would jokingly say it was his swing. He loved the outdoors, and in particular, duck hunting with his dad in the mosquito infested marshes at the mouth of the Mississippi River. Sidney was a daredevil. He was always looking for the next thrill of excitement. He scuba dived under the oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico and over the tropical reefs of Rotan, Honduras. He parasailed over the crystal clear turquoise water of Cancun and zip lined through the jungles of Cancun. He raced his car at the Indy type track in Avondale, LA. He was always fascinated with airplanes and jets and earned his private pilot's license after only 16 hours of instructor training and three solo cross country flights. He then figured the next logical step would be to jump out of a perfectly airworthy plane and skydived from 10,000 feet and lived to check it off his bucket list. Sidney also had a much softer and spiritual side. After surviving three cancers, including leukemia, and the sudden death of his wife, Barbara, he realized that God had a plan for him. As part of God's plan, Sidney became a volunteer at Ochsner Health System, New Orleans, LA and began visiting other leukemia patients and their caregivers to tell them his story of surviving leukemia and giving them hope that they too would beat it. He also told these leukemia patients about how Ochsner Health System established the Barbara Englander Caregiver Assistance Fund in recognition of his wife, Barbara's, caregiving and loving ways as she took care of him during his battle with leukemia. This fund is now helping many of these caregivers to relieve some of the stress they go through as they take care of their loved ones. Sidney is also proud of his wife and her legacy and so thankful to Ochsner Health System, and especially, the oncology staff that took such good care of him and recognized Barbara's devotion to him. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 from 10am until 12pm at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. in New Orleans, LA. Words of remembrance will be said at 12pm in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Phil Jeansonne of The Vinyard Church presiding. Interment will be private. Sidney has requested that any donations be made to The Barbara Englander Caregiver Assistant Fund. Donations can be made online by going to Ochsner Philanthropy and scrolling to The Englander Fund. To view and sign the family guestbook please visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com.

Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from June 23 to June 26, 2018

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05/07/19 09:31 PM #1    

Bonnie Bridger (Mittelmaier) (1969)

Another notification of the passing of one of our Classmates from 1968, Sidney Charles Englander.  This Classmate left us in 2018, it is always so sad to hear this news but it is a good thing to know and memorialize our Classmates here.  I did not personally know Sidney but I couldn't help but be impressed with all of the accomplishments he was able to achieve during his time on earth.  Rest In Peace Sidney.

Bonnie Bridger Mittelmaier '69 

05/08/19 10:32 AM #2    

Robert Mears (1968)

I remember Sid on the wrestling team and around school. He was pleasant to be around and didn't seem to have a bad word about anybody.
So sad to see him go so early with so much going on....RIP

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