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Joseph Sydney "Syd" Roberts


1924 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Joseph Sydney "Syd" Roberts Obituary
Roberts, Joseph Sydney "Syd", 89, passed away on February 24, 2014 at Fullerton Gardens Alzheimer's Residential Care Center in Fullerton, CA. He was born on October 3, 1924 in Seattle, WA to Joseph Sydney Sr. and Mary Roberts. Syd grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. He graduated from King Edward High School in Vancouver in 1942. After a brief stint assembling aircraft at Boeing in Seattle, Syd joined the Canadian Army where he served 3 years, assigned to No. 1 Special Wireless Group, and during World War II, served in the western pacific. Following his Army service, Syd returned to Vancouver and attended the University of British Columbia where he received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. After graduation from UBC, Syd moved to the Los Angeles area. Syd's career in the aerospace industry started at Aerojet-General Corporation in Azusa, California. After seven years, Syd joined General Dynamics in Pomona, California in 1960 through August 1989 when he retired. His field was the design of rocket motors where his work is patented. Syd married his wife Carol in 1952 in Los Angeles, CA. They were happily married for 61 years. Syd loved camping - leaving the family a mountain of memories of the many trips tenting throughout the western US and Mexico. In his retirement Syd enjoyed golf, traveling in his RV, and puttering away on home projects started long before. Syd is survived by his wife, Carol of Fullerton, CA; his sons, Mike (Jeannie) Roberts of Bossier City, LA; Mark (Jennifer) Roberts of Newburyport, MA; his daughter, Maryann (Gary) Schneider of Colorado Springs, CA; 8 grandchildren and his nieces and nephews and other relatives. Syd was a loving father, husband, grandfather, and friend to all. A memorial service was held at McAulay & Wallace Mortuary, Fullerton, CA on March 1, 2014. Memorial donations may be made in Syd's name to the of Orange County, 17771 Cowan, Suite 200, Irvine, CA 92614. McAulay & Wallace Mortuary


Published in Orange County Register on Mar. 9, 2014
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