Sidney Steen, 90, of North Kingstown, passed away peacefully on August 6, 2020. He was the beloved husband of Barbara (Jeffrey) Steen.
Sid was born on January 19, 1930 in West Bromwich, England to the late Samuel Steen and Annie (Coleyshaw) Steen. He was the youngest of eight, predeceased by his siblings Samuel, Dora, Annie, Albert, Olive, Doris and Florrie Steen.
Besides his wife, Sidney is survived by his children Paul Steen and his wife Serena of Leicester, MA, Deborah Brielmaier of West Greenwich, RI, Sheryn Leach and her life partner Tom Amaral of Coventry, RI, William Leach and his fiancé Nancy Day of Fall River, MA, grandchildren Sian and Carrie Steen of Clacton-on-Sea, England, Tony Steen and his wife Kaley, Lewis Steen and his fiancé Katie, Josh Steen, Daniel Leach, Jessica Brielmaier, Tom Brielmaier and Karina Brielmaier and nine great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, Mark Steen and his wife of Clacton-on-Sea, England.
At the age of 16, Sidney graduated from secondary school and entered the Royal Air Force of Great Britain where he spent 8 years traveling to various parts of the world including missionary work in Johannesburg and Rhodesia, South Africa while also pursuing an apprenticeship as a toolmaker which was the beginning of what would become a 74-year long career for which he was passionate about and took tremendous pride in. In 1966, after his tenure in the service, he was recruited from England to join the Rhode Island Tool and Die industry as a plastic injection mold designer.
In 1978 Sidney founded Welmold Tool & Die, Inc. of Warwick, Rhode Island where he continued to contract work for many industry leading corporations including General Electric, Davol, Polytop Corporation, Hasbro, AT Cross, Texas Instruments, Eastern Manufacturing Company and Accurate Molded Products.
Sidney had several hobbies and interests for which he was also passionate about including photography, fishing, fly tying, bike racing, cross country skiing, scuba diving, canoeing, boating, woodworking, military aircraft and world history.
Visitation, Tuesday, 6 – 8 PM, Russell J. Boyle and Son Funeral Home, 142 Centerville Road, Warwick. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial on Wednesday, at 11 AM in St. Francis de Sales Church, 381 School St., North Kingstown. Due to COVID-19 restrictions set forth by the Rhode Island Department of Health, attendance at the visitation will be limited. Burial will be private.
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