Sydney Gamlen, Jr.


Rochester:  December 12, 2014 at age 89.  Sydney is survived by his wife of 31 years, Kathleen G. Gamlen; children, Linda Gamlen of Rochester, NY; David Gamlen of Tampa, FL; Carol Gamlen of Bradenton, FL; sister, Audrey Hemmelder of New Orleans, LA ; sister-in-law, Joan Gudas of Rochester, NY;  nieces & nephews; Fred Jr., Wayne, and Christopher Hemmelder, Sheryl H. Rogers, Maury H. Parker of Louisianna; many friends.

He is predeceased by his first wife of 28 years, Lois Weiland Gamlen of Rochester, NY; father, Sydney Gamlen of Clarksdale, MS; mother, Maud Flechsig Gamlen of New Orleans, LA.

Sydney was an engineer for Eastman Kodak Co. for over 42 years and is an alum of Tulane University and University of Rochester. He was a member of the Association of Metallurgical and Chemical Engineering, Bethany Presbyterian Church, Bethany Presbyterian Shipmates and Rochester Friendship Council Host Family and YMCA Couples Club for many years. Sydney is a proud Veteran of the US. Naval Reserves. In his spare time, Sydney enjoyed Kodak sports leagues and later became an avid tennis player. He also enjoyed volunteering for the George Eastman House and the Seneca Park Zoo.

His Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 20th, 2014 at Bethany Presbyterian Church, 3000 Dewey Avenue, Rochester, NY 14616 with a reception to follow. Interment will be held privately in Falls Cemetery, Ridge Road West, Rochester, NY.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Parkinsons Association (, or the George Eastman House ( in his memory.

Rochester Cremation, 4044 W. Henrietta Road, Rochester NY 14623, 359-2300,

23 Condolences

  1. scott coursen on December 17, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    To David Gamlen of Tampa
    My deepest condolences at this sorrowful time.
    Big Hugs
    Kingsville Ohio

  2. Eugene & Jeanne Vidmantas on December 17, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Our condolences to you and your family. If we can help in anyway, please call. Jeanne & Eugene

  3. Carol and Dave Keeler on December 17, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Kathy – Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  4. Blake Williamson on December 18, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    We all offer our condolences to you and your family. If you need to talk or need anything, please let me know.
    St. Petersburg, FL.

  5. Robert White on December 18, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Hi Kathy,

    Was sorry to hear of Syd’s passing. When I started work at Kodak Park in the Met. Lab, Syd was my Boss and got me into the corrosion game. Some time later, probably around 1964 I went into the photoetch game which was about making metal parts by selectively corroding the metal.

    Anyways, I am not sure I will be able to attend the service, which I want to do, as I have some appliances being delivered that day, but I do not know at what time.

    I did meet Syd’s wife Lois and his kids when they were small. The Lab used to have a summer picnic.

    I did call Ken Budinski to let him know of Syd’s passing.

    If I can be of any help, please let me now.


  6. ICPC & IPDCPAAA on December 18, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    Dearest Kathy and family,
    May we extend our deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband, Sydney.
    Our thoughts are with you and all your family at this very difficult time. He will be remembered in our prayers.

    Friends and fellow members: ICPC
    Irondequoit Crime Prevention Coalition
    and IPDCPAAA:
    Irondequoit Police Department Citizens Police Academy
    Alumni Association.

  7. Janet Mains on December 19, 2014 at 2:12 am

    To the Gamlen Family,
    My prayers are with you in this truly difficult time, that you would be surrounded and comforted by the peace and grace of God.

  8. nurmira greenberg on December 19, 2014 at 3:24 am

    To the Gamlen Family and our dearest Linda,
    Our deepest sympathy and condolences at this time of loss.
    Our prayers that you would be surrounded and comforted by the grace and love of God.
    With much love,
    Greenberg family

  9. Josue on December 19, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Dear Linda Gamlen and family:
    So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless.

  10. Pam&John Wilbur on December 19, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Dear Linda, We are so sorry you are grieving the loss of your dad. Please accept out deepest condolences. Hugs.

  11. Cathy & Eugene Henn on December 19, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Dear Linda and Family,
    Although we didn’t personally know your father, we see what a beautiful daughter he raised and salute him for his part in sending his family forth into the world. Our sympathy to all of you at this special time. Eugene & Cathy Henn

  12. shirley and Johnny Lynn on December 19, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Our deepest condolence to you and your family. May you find comfort in our Lord Jesus. Because of Him, we are rejoicing and celebrating Christmas.

  13. Tim and Linda Hall; Rony Hall on December 19, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    So sorry to hear of Syd’s passing. I’m glad I got to see him a few times over the last few years when he was visiting my father, and of course Lynette Drive has a lot of good memories for me!
    You all are in my mother’s and my family’s prayers.

    Tim Hall

  14. Ed and Gina on December 19, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Dear Linda,

    Although we never met your Dad, we do know you loved him deeply and were a daughter of prayer. He has left behind a beautiful daughter on the inside and out!

    Praying for God’s strength and comfort.

    Love, Ed and Gina

  15. John & Nina Palermo on December 19, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Dearest Linda and the Gamlem family,

    Our deepest condolences for your loss. Just know that we are praying for you all. Also know that we are here to help in any way you may need. May God’s peace and comfort be upon you all.

  16. Andre Davcev on December 19, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    So sorry to hear about your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you all during this hard time.

  17. Norm and Loretta Biller on December 20, 2014 at 2:24 am

    Dear Linda and family,
    We are very sorry for your loss. We pray that the comfort and peace of the Holy Spirit will surround you, and that your memories will be of the good times. You are such a special person, Linda, and giving to so many. May much blessing be coming your way at this time.
    With our love,
    Loretta and Norm Biller

  18. Sunny Lee on December 20, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Dear Linda,

    Our condolences to you & your family in this time of loss.

    May the peace & presence of Christ bring you comfort & hope in this Christmas season.

    Sunny, Judy & BCCC

  19. Carley M. Touchstone on December 20, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Your dad make a lasting impression on me. I appreciate his warmth and kindness that I felt each time I met him. I remember all of you so young. Thanks Linda for keeping in touch over the years. May God bring blessing to each of you.

  20. Jim and Julie on December 21, 2014 at 2:45 am

    Dear Linda,

    So sorry to hear about your father’s passing. Our prayers are with you at this time of loss, but we know that the Lord will uphold you and give you comfort.

    Jim and Julie

  21. Carl and Pam Wager on December 21, 2014 at 5:30 am

    Our condolences to you three. I trust your positive memories of your Dad and Mom will sustain you along with the grace of God through this time.

  22. Koinonia Fellowship on December 23, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Dear Linda,
    We are so very sorry to hear of the death of your father. You and your family are in our prayers. May the Lord Jesus cover you in his tender loving care and shelter you in the “shadow of his wings.”
    In Christ, Koinonia

  23. Vince villegas on January 11, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Sorry for your loss

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