Sidney Weiner, known as “Sid” to his firefighter comrades, passed from our lives on December 15, 2015, as a result of injuries sustained in a vehicle crash in October. His absence created a tremendous void in the lives of his firefighter comrades and loved ones and the department he served so well.
Sid was an active member of the No 7 Township Fire Rescue Department. He joined the department in 2001 and faithfully served in many capacities. As secretary, his work ethic was ever present; he was consistently accurate and precise in every facet of the organization and beyond. As a volunteer fireman and accountant, Sid labored to serve his community and offered his services to low-income families in completing their personal taxes.
He also served as a board member, D.A.V. treasurer, a member of the Advisory Council of Local Government Credit Union, and treasurer of the Eastern NC Chapter of Watch & Clock Collectors. Serving his country in the U.S. Army, Sid was a Tech III and a Bronze Star recipient. He continued that service by working with the Department of Defense in the Pentagon.
His passion and love for nature, especially water, displayed his adventurous side; cruising was one of his favorite pastimes. Sid was a “find a need and fill it” kind of guy.
No one could describe the characteristics and traits of Sid as well as his surviving daughters, Janice and Denise. They write, “My father was a very unique individual, and brilliant. For someone who had limited formal education he managed, through hard work, dedication, and an unbelievably sharp mind, to become the absolute best in his field, setting up teletype communications throughout the world, working as a civilian for the Air Force after leaving the military. He was never afraid to tackle any new challenge, and he loved learning how to make anything work better. He told me to jump in front with both feet when faced with something new and just go for it. He constantly took classes to better himself and his knowledge, a trait which I am very grateful he passed on to me. He loved life and wasn’t about to let a number on his birth certificate slow him down. He was always caring, kind, and extremely devoted to the department and all he did.”
Those close to Sid would learn that this man was full of life and energy and was a go-getter. He became friends with everyone quickly. He had a way of getting into your life and your heart and making you feel as though he had always been a part of it. He was definitely that one-of-a-kind friend to all.