October 22, 2013
Sydney Fluck, 70, died on October 22, 2013 at his home in Shohola, PA after a long and valiant fight against Alzheimer’s Disease. Selma Fluck, his loving wife and partner of 29 years, was by his side. He was born in Quakertown, PA on February 12, 1943 to the late Sydney Fluck, Sr. and Mary Fluck Clark. Syd remembered his parents as his “first and most special teachers.”
Syd began his formal education in a rural one-room schoolhouse, and would go on to be a trailblazer throughout his distinguished career. He graduated from Pennridge High School in 1961 and attended the Technical Institute of Temple University. He continued is education at Drexel University receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He entered into the field of nuclear physics, working at Princeton University’s prestigious James Forrestal Research Center on their Proton Accelerator.
Syd worked as a researcher and innovator in the cable industry for almost four decades, including positions at Jerrold Electronics, Channel Master, Engineering Division Manager for Wavetek, and an electronic test equipment manufacturer.
Possessed of a lively intellect and an unbridled curiosity, Syd inevitably ventured out on his own as an industry entrepreneur. In 1985, he founded his own network test company, CaLan, Inc. based in Dingmans Ferry, PA. In 1994, he sold the business to information technology giant Hewlett Packard, moved to California with his wife Selma, and joined the company as Senior Engineer until 1999.
Syd was respected and admired by colleagues and industry leaders as a forward-thinking expert and strategist who brought credibility to both the work process and the end product. He was a senior member of the Society of Cable Telecommunication Engineers and contributed to the development of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) Recommended Practices. He published numerous articles and received many honors and awards, including the 1981 NCTA Vanguard Award for Science and Technology.
Syd’s personal life was as rich and fulfilling as his professional life. He traveled extensively for work and for pleasure. He loved the mountains of Pike County and, in his words, “would always find a way back.” He was an avid outdoorsman, enamored with fishing and hunting, as well as family hikes to The Knob in Milford.
And then, of course, there was baseball. “Being out on the field, in the game, is an experience you never forget,” Syd said. With a batting average of .484, he played his heart out as a member of the local Wheezers Dream Team for guys 50 to 70 years young. And in 2004, Syd found his field of dreams- and a second chance at childhood, he would later say-at the Philadelphia Phillies Phantasy Baseball Camp in Clearwater, FL. Syd wore No.45 in honor of Major League Baseball pitcher Tug McGraw, and during his third year of camp, was honored with the “Maje McDonnell Award” for being the one player at camp who “has personality and is a class act both on and off the field.”
It is not surprising that Syd’s favorite film was “Field of Dreams,” that wonderful fantasy about baseball and life, resonant with themes of loyalty and perseverance, magic and memory, love and family, personal integrity, and the power of positive thinking. Syd lived by these values and impressed them upon every life he touched.
Syd is survived by his wife, Selma Fluck, and five children: Michael Fluck of Brick, NJ, Carol Pranga and son in law Ray of Shohola, PA, Brian Fluck and daughter in law Michelle of Phillipsburg, NJ, Penney Luhrs and son in law Doug of Milford, PA, and Ronni Faircloth of Milford, PA. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, as well as several other cousins, nieces, and nephews. In addition to his devoted family, many friends and his caregivers shared their love and support with Syd.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at the Church of the Good Shepherd and St. John the Evangelist, 321 5th Street, Milford, PA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association Greater Pennsylvania Chapter, 57 North Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701 or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.
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