NEW BERN, N.C. - Earl J. Sidney, 77 of New Bern passed away on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at Vidant Medical Center, Greenville, surrounded by his family.
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He was born in Hartford, Conn., and attended Bloomfield, Conn., public schools, graduating in 1953.
Earl joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1953, serving on the USS Pocono, USS Mount McKinley and the USS Mount Whitney. His sea duty was mainly conducted in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.
Earl was released from active duty in July 1958 and remained in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve until his discharge in July, 1961.
After leaving the Marines, Earl joined Raytheon Co. at Shawsheen, Andover, Mass.; North Dighton, Mass., and finally in the Lowell, Mass., plant.
This began a career in industrial and manufacturing engineering, which lasted more than 34 years. Using the G.I. Bill he graduated in 1964 from Merrimack College with a degree in business.
Earl worked on a variety of missile systems, including Minuteman, Hawk, Sparrow, Sidewinder, Phoenix, AMRAAM and Stinger.
After retiring from Raytheon in 1992 Earl took advantage of his longtime interest in history and began a second career as an archaeologist. He became certified by the New Hampshire Conservation and Rescue Archaeology Program. Earl taught archeology workshops as part of the anthropology class at Plymouth State and wrote three unpublished manuscripts, one of which was presented at Northeastern Anthropological Symposium at Plymouth State College, Plymouth, N.H.
In the summer of 1997, Earl and his wife Eileen moved from their homes in Pelham and Ashland, N.H., to North Carolina to be in a warmer climate.
Earl was predeceased by his daughter, Barbara Karp in 2001 and his son Robert Sidney in 2008.
Earl is survived by his wife of 39 years Eileen (Fennell) Sidney; daughters, Carole Hoerner and husband Jeffery of Manchester, N.H.: Linda Cardoza and husband Charles of Merrimac, Mass.; stepsons, James M. O'Brien and his wife Mary Ann of Lowell, Mass.., Thomas E. O'Brien and his wife Kathleen of Windham, N.H.; son-in-law Gary Karp and his wife Janet of Holderness, N.H., daughter-in-law Laurie Sidney of Salem, N.H., brother Alan Sidney and his wife Janet, of Weare, N.H.; 11 grandchildren and many dear friends of New Bern.
We also wish to thank the medical staff at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, for their outstanding care for Earl, and for their compassion and support to the family.
SERVICES: A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Online condolences may be made to the Sidney family at www.cottenfuneralhome.com.
Published in Union Leader on Sept. 19, 2013