Sidney Roland Hedley
Sidney Roland Hedley passed away on Tuesday, May 5, 2008 after a short battle with cancer.
Rollie was born in Grimsby, England in 1919 and migrated with his family to the United States while in his teens.
In Chicago, he met Florence Orphan and they married prior to Rollie going into the Navy and becoming “sparks” aboard the Destroyer, USS DeHaven, DD727. Following the war, he continued his electronics background working in a gas station, a grocery market and going to drafting school. In school, he was offered a chance to move west with a representative of Howard Hughes.
Rollie packed up his wife and son Dennis and moved to southern California where he joined Hughes Aircraft Company. One of Rollie’s favorite stories was how as a young draftsman, he ran out of an office door, and knocked Howard Hughes down in the process. He would say, “I knew I would be unemployed soon,” but would go on to say that Mr. Hughes instead asked, “Who was that young hustler?” In Los Angeles, Rollie and Flo had their second son, Donald. Rollie retired from Hughes after more than 30 years of service, to his favorite patio at their home in Westchester.
After a nine year struggle with Alzheimer’s, Florence passed away in May of 2007.
Sidney later moved to Estes Park and his son, Dennis and daughter in law, Joanne cared for him.
Since retirement, Rollie had one favorite word when asked how he felt, or what he thought of any situation. He would answer, “Wonderful.”
Both Rollie and Flo had requested services through the Neptune Society. Rollie will have his ashes scattered in his favorite place, the Pacific Ocean off Palos Verdes, California, where he will once again join his wife.
Rollie and Flo are survived by their two sons, Dennis and wife, Joanne, of Estes Park and son, Donald, of Los Angeles, California, three grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
The family asks anyone who cares to, please donate to the charity or church of their choice.