Alfred Sykes 1935-2017

YOUNGSTOWN — Alfred Sykes, 82, of Youngstown, passed away peacefully Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, at Mercy Health St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, with his two daughters and family friend, Margaret, by his side.

Alfred was born Feb. 19, 1935, to Augustus Lewis and Bertha Boyd Sykes of Oliphant Furnace, Pa., and moved to Youngstown after graduating Georges Township High in 1953.

“There are people in this world with a presence so profound, so memorable, that you without a doubt know they are God sent.”

Alfred was employed at Delphi/Packard Electric for over 30 years were he became a millwright/tinsmith in the skilled trades department. He loved the outdoors and spent fall vacations hunting for elk and deer in the mountains of Basalt, Colo., with his dear late friend, George “Shorty” Penson.

Alfred was fortunate enough to retire at an early age which afforded him the opportunity to spend more time pursuing his other passion, fishing. He traveled to Anchorage, Alaska over 25 times to fish the Russian Kenai Lake for King Salmon. When Alfred’s health began to fail him, he looked forward to watching sports and loved debating the stats. He continued to stay current with the events of the times and could remember specific dates like they were embedded in his memory.

Alfred was a devoted man with strong family values.

He leaves to cherish his beloved memory two daughters, Karen M. Dobbins of Youngstown and Cheryl L. Triggs of Cincinnati; three grandchildren, Jeffrey Dobbins, Raushanah (Philip) Belfon and Dela Triggs, all of Cincinnati; four great-grandchildren, Bryton, August, Dayton and Tyree; and a host of family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Benjaman Sykes, Edna Jones, Elizabeth Johnson, Dr. James L. Sykes, Leon Sykes, Leonard K. Sykes, Gloria Sykes, Clarence Sykes, Doyle Sykes, Johnnie B. Sykes and Gwendolyn Y. Sykes.

Calling hours will be 9 to 10 a.m., with 10 a.m. services following, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at Price Memorial AME Zion Church, Youngstown.

Arrangements are by L.E. Black, Phillips and Holden Funeral Home, Youngstown.

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