John R. Sides ’45

John R. Sides ’45 died March 5, 2012, in Boynton Beach, Fla. He was born on January 29, 1922, in Boston, and prepared for college at Wellesley (Mass.) High School and Nobles and Greenough. He attended Bowdoin from 1941 to 1943, a member of Psi Upsilon fraternity. The majority of his career was spent promoting the fishing tackle division of the Shakespeare Company (founded by his wife’s grandfather in 1897) in Kalamazoo, Mich., working his way up to vice president of marketing. He retired in 1973. One of his favorite memories was rooming with the baseball great Ted Williams during a Shakespeare sponsored fishing trip to the Isle of Pines south of Cuba. He won his first golf tournament in the Boston area at age 15 and was a scratch golfer for most of his playing years. After moving to Michigan, he spent nearly every weekend playing golf at the Gull Lake Country Club, where he had several holes in one. He had a beautiful voice and as a young man loved to sing at parties. He was generous with charitable donations, especially to educational institutions, including the Emma Willard School, which his wife, sister-in-law, and three daughters attended. He valued education above all else, perhaps because he didn’t return to college after the war. He is survived by three daughters, Cynthia Sides, Deborah Pontifex, and Stephanie Sides; and one grandson. He was predeceased by his wife of nearly 42 years, Mary Alice “Pom” Pomeroy, in 1991; a sister, Janet; a brother, William Randolph Sides; and his long-time companion, Mary Russell, who died in 2006.

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