Sidney Greenberg
Weinstein Mortuary
640 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT
GREENBERG, Sidney Sidney Greenberg, 83, of Boca Raton, FL. and Orchard Road, West Hartford, CEO of Birken Manufacturing Company, passed away May 24, 2007. Born in Springfield, MA, he was the son of the late Samuel and Miriam (Litman) Greenberg. Sidney graduated from the University of Alabama where he was a member of ROTC with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Following his graduation, he served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II and was stationed at such bases at Wright-Patterson Field and the Pentagon. After the war, Sidney was employed by Hamilton Standard as an aerodynamicist and attended law school at night. It was at that time he met and married his wife, Beatrice. Sidney graduated the University of Connecticut School of Law and passed the Connecticut Bar exam just after the birth of their first son in 1951. Following his acceptance to the Connecticut Bar, Sidney became Corporate Counsel for his wife's uncle, Louis B. Rogow, President of Birken Manufacturing Company. With Sid's knowledge of law and degree in engineering, he ultimately became a partner with Lou Rogow in developing Birken and moving it from its original Franklin Avenue location in Hartford to its present location in Bloomfield. Louis Rogow ultimately retired, allowing Sidney to buy the company from him. In addition to building up Birken, Sidney and his family created such companies as Lucid Manufacturing, Aircraft Components and Fasteners, and General Plasma Associates. As his children joined him in his efforts, they worked together to create the Rogow-Greenberg Foundation, GFP Realty, Turbine Controls, Inc., and TC Power. Aside from his involvement in the aerospace industry, Sidney also found time to enjoy golf and tennis with his family and friends, as well as serve on boards and committees such as CT Bank & Trust, Cliffside Country Club as President, Israel Bonds as Chairman, the Jewish Federation; Greater Hartford Easter Seals and other charitable causes. He was a member of Congregation Beth Israel, Beth El Temple, Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation, Agudas Achim Synagogue, United Synagogue and Chabad House. He leaves his wife of 59 years, Beatrice (Schneider) Greenberg; two sons, Gary S. Greenberg and his wife, Joan of Bloomfield, and Glen R. Greenberg and his wife Debra of Avon; a daughter, Mimi Greenberg of West Hartford; five grandchildren: Adam, Alex, Elizabeth, Lauren and Jeffrey Greenberg; and a sister, Bernice Buder and her husband Frederick of Bloomfield. He was predeceased by a son, Todd S. Greenberg. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary of Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford, with Rabbi Stephen Fuchs officiating. Interment will follow in the Beth Israel Cemetery, Avon. A memorial period will be observed at his home in West Hartford from Sunday, May 27, 2007 following the service, through Tuesday, May 29, 2007 Memorial contributions may be made to the Todd S. Greenberg Charitable Foundation, 5 Old Windsor Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002. Arrangements entrusted to Weinstein Mortuary, Hartford. For further information, directions, or to share memories of Sid with his family, please visit online at

Published by Hartford Courant from May 25 to May 26, 2007.
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To the Greenberg Family:

I was saddened today to learn of Sid's passing. I am fortunate to have known Sid for many years on both a business and personal basis. The lessons he taught me about business will remain with me.

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Paul Slomski
June 7, 2007
Dear Beatrice, Mimi,Glenn, Gary
I was shocked and saddened today to learn of Sidney's passing. We at O&W were challenged many times by Sidney to perform "outside the norm" to accomplish an important task and I have no doubt that in meeting those challenges we both enhanced our reputations and skills in a very technical business that we both enjoyed so much. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time!
Russell Ohlheiser
June 6, 2007


June 6, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
Dave Helferich
David Helferich
May 29, 2007
To Mimi, Glenn, Gary,
I was saddened to learn of Sidney's passing. I am glad to have worked for, and with Sidney, and all of you in my several years at Birken Mfg.

Please accept my most sincere condolences. My thoughts are with you all.
Carl Bukowiec
May 29, 2007
To Gary and the entire Greenberg family,
With deepest sympathies in your time of sorrow. In my dealings with Sid I always found him to be a very upfront, sincere person, and a very admirable busnessman. He will be greatly missed.
Very truly yours,
Michael Radler
May 28, 2007
Dear Gary, Glenn and Mimi,
We were both saddened to learn of the passing of your Dad. He was truly a wonderful man. Few can aspire to the greatness that he attained.
Kay and Joe Tapper
May 28, 2007
My deepest condolences to the entire Greenberg family. I have many fond memories of Sid. He was a wonderful person and admired by all. He will be remembered as a true gentleman and philanthropist.
Eden Abrams
May 27, 2007
To the Greenberg Family,

I, unfortunately, have never had the pleasure to meet Mr. Greenberg, but after attending today's service I feel like I've known him for years. The employees at Birken have shared stories with me since I started. Mr. Greenberg was obviously loved and respected by all that knew him. The service today was the most wonderful service I have ever attended. It told the story of his life and it showed me how much he was loved. My dearest sympathy and prayers are with all of you. May God bring peace to your hearts and keep your loving memories alive.


Trish Juba
Trish Juba
May 27, 2007
For all his kindness,caring and thoughtfulness and support,Sid, will continue to live in my heart with my loved ones and always be remembered when someone speaks of a "mensh" of the highest order.
Sam Pasco
May 27, 2007
To the Greenberg family,

I was sorry to learn of Sidney's death this week. Please know that my thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

For eleven years I was the receptionist at Birken Manufacturing, sitting right outside Sidney's office. One day as I was returning from my break, I saw Sidney coming out of his office. Noticing that I was not at my desk, he looked at my relief and said in a gruff voice, "Where is THAT GIRL?" I took this as a compliment because at the time I was well into my 60's!

Looking back at those days, I recall really enjoying my job. All the folks at Birken have a special place in my heart.

With sympathy,
Gail Yother
May 26, 2007
To the Greenberg Family
We are saddened to learn of Sidney's passing. Please accept our
most sincere condolences.
Laney and Alvin Quint
Delray Beach,Florida
Alvin Quint
May 25, 2007
We were deeply saddened to hear of Mr. Greenberg's passing. Please accept our condolences.
Comfort Keepers
May 25, 2007
To the Greenberg Family,We are deeply saddened by the passing of our owner,friend,mentorand boss.Just
the number of years the employees of the company have tells the story of Birken.Sid will always be a part of our legacy here at Birken.
Al Keroack And Thanh
Dau Assembly employees
May 25, 2007
To The Whole Greenberg family,

I am very sad to hear of the passing of Mr Greenberg(Sid). My prayers and thoughts are with all of you at this very hard time.
Jill S Schwartz
May 25, 2007
To the Greenberg Family:

I was saddened to hear of Mr. Greenberg's passing. Please accept my condolences for your loss.
Doreen Lemini
May 25, 2007
My daughter, Tammy Zacchera (Barnes), told me of Mr. Greenberg's passing...My condolences to your family. I have good memories of a kind Mr. Greenberg and your wonderful familly.
Cid Vernile (Barnes)
May 25, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Jardo Opocensky
May 25, 2007
From my family to yours our condolences in this time of sorrow. We have lost a great leader, a great role model and mostly a great man. He will be missed but never forgotten.
Jorge Velez
May 25, 2007
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. Our deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
Jorge Velez
May 25, 2007
To the family of Mr. Greenburg,

I never met your father but as a new employee it is very clear that he was very admired by all who knew him. My deepest sympathy to all of you during this difficult time.

Susan Cook
May 25, 2007
To the Greenberg Family,

We are sorry to learn of your loss, and send our sincerest condolences to you all.
Elliott & Elissa Donn
May 25, 2007
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