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Stanley H. Sydney of Brookline, a builder of both buildings and community, died on Jan. 22, 2012. He was 80. Founder of Sydney Construction, Mr. Sydney lived his life surrounded by loving family and dedicated to supporting his beloved Klal Yisrael. Born in Providence, R.I., he was the second son of the late Ada (Shlager) Sydney and Jacob Theodore Sydney. A member of the class of 1953, he earned his bachelors and masters degrees in civil engineering at MIT. Under the umbrella of Sydney Construction (now Sydney Associates), Mr. Sydney helped reshape the Boston and Brookline landscapes. Among his Boston projects were the Keystone Building on the Southeast Expressway and the Constitution Quarters in the Charlestown Navy Yard; those in Brookline included The Village at Brookline apartments, the 1443 Beacon Street apartments and the Trader Joes building. Mr. Sydney contributed to the many institutions that nurtured him and his family, including MIT, the Maimonides School in Brookline, the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, Young Israel of Brookline and the Boston Kollel. In addition, he provided support for the Lahey Clinic, the MIT McGovern Brain Institute, Simmons College and other educational institutions in Greater Boston. Nothing gave Mr. Sydney greater joy than his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Sheila (Goldner) Sydney, and their children: Michael and Joy (Singer) Sydney of Manchester, N.H.; Roberta Sydney of Boston; David and Daphne (Weisel) Sydney of Dallas, Texas; Judith Sydney and Aviva Sapers of Newton; and Elana Sydney of New York, N.Y. He also leaves his grandchildren: Melissa Sydney and Adam Marshak; Joshua and Beth Sydney; Rachel (Sydney) and Michael Lebovich; Stephanie Elias; Caroline Sydney; William Sydney; Ari Sapers-Sydney; and Jonah Sapers-Sydney. In addition, he is survived by a great granddaughter, Leah Anne Sydney, and a large extended family. Mr. Sydney was predeceased by his brothers Allan, Irwin and Albert. He is mourned by his little sister Joyce (Sydney) Rifkind and her husband, Aaron, of Toronto, Ontario; and his sister-in-law, Sydelle (Posner) Sydney of Costa Rica. All will remember Mr. Sydney fondly for his generosity, keen mind, and tremendous desire to help others. May his memory and legacy continue to live on through his familys commitment to the organizations and institutions that he held dear. Donations may be made to one of the following or to the : McGovern Institute of Brain Research at MIT 77 Mass Ave. MS 43-3160 Cambridge, MA 02139. Maimonides School 34 Philbrick Road Brookline, MA 02445. Congregation Young Israel of Brookline 62 Green St. Brookline, MA 02446.

Published in The Brookline Tab from Jan. 31 to Feb. 7, 2012
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