AUBURN — Sigmund J. Sysko of Lewiston, died on Monday, Aug. 16. He was the oldest of three children of James and Victoria Sysko, born May 18, 1920, in Bellows Falls, Vt. He graduated from Bellows Falls High School as valedictorian in 1938. He attended the University of Vermont, graduating with a B.S. in electrical engineering in the class of 1942.

Upon graduation, he joined the Philco Corporation in Philadelphia, Pa., and worked in its World War II APS-15 Radar Engineering Laboratory.

After the war, he remained at Philco and participated in various engineering programs including mobile telephone, monochrome and color television and reliability studies of all types of components. A major part of his work involved the study and overview of the safety aspects of all consumer electronic products manufactured by the corporation and their compliance with the safety regulations of the Underwriters’ Laboratories.

On April 28, 1945, he married Eunice Watts in Germantown, Pa. Eunice, whom he met in his undergraduate days at the University, died in 1998.

He is survived by his four children, James Sysko of Newry and his partner, Patrice Thibodeau, Mary Ellen Cramer and her husband, Richard, of Stroudsburg, Pa., John Sysko and his wife, Helen, of Pittsburgh, Pa., and David Sysko and his wife, Holly, of Lewiston; Eunice and he were proud grandparents of nine children.

As of his passing, Sigmund was the happy great-grandfather of four, with one more on the way.

Sigmund is fondly remembered by his special friend, Connie Bernier, with whom he enjoyed many card games, needed errands and fun travel excursions.

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