Ilion Alumni Pharmacist
Sidney Partington - IHS 1945
November 2020By Aileen Carney Sweeney
Sidney Partington - IHS 1945 - Pharmacist
Sidney Partington was raised in Ilion the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Partington, 250 E. Clark Street. Sidney was a talented musician and played the Cornet-trumpet. During World War II, he played taps at military burials. "The committal services were concluded by taps, played by a Rome soldier and followed by an echo from the hill in the newer part of the cemetery, played by Sidney Partington." He attended Boys State with Alfred Morris and Robert Francisco. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1945. He served with the US Navy in World War II.
Sidney graduated from the Albany College of Pharmacy in 1951 along with other Ilionites: Robert McLean and Walter Williams. He married Dorothy Joanna Canfield on, June 13, 1953, at Arlington, Vermont. At the time of his marriage, he was employed as pharmacist at the Parkell Drug Store, Oneida. Vermont. In 1958, hew was appointed chief pharmacist, at Syracuse Memorial Hospital. Sydney was active in youth activities in Syracuse and served as vice president of the Valley Junior Athletic Association. Sidney and Dorothy were the parents of four children and they resided at 468 E. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. He was promoted to director of pharmacy and central service at Crouse Irving-Memorial Hospital, Syracuse in 1968. Sidney was appointed narcotics investigator at the State Health Departmen's Rochester-Regional Office in 1970.
When Sidney was home from college and only 19 years old, he fatally injured 10-year old Diane Monteau. The automobile he was operating struck her. The accident occurred September 28, 1946 near the Ilion Free Public Library. She suffered a compound fractured skull and died in Ilion Hospital September 29, 1946. "Partington told police he was driving his mother's automobile west on Second St. when Diane ran from behind a car parked opposite the Library on Second St. He said she ran directly in front of his car, and that he was unable to avoid striking her." She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Monteau, 17 N. Fifth Avenue. The Class of 1953 dedicated the yearbook in her memory.
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - Yearbook 1951 - page 36 - Sidney Partington
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