John W. Sykas Sr. MONTPELIER — John William Sykas Sr., 93, formerly of Freedom Drive and most recently of Westview Meadows, died on Saturday, July 6, 2019, with his family by his side. He was born in Barre, the son of William and Anna (Gerber) Sykas. He was a graduate of Montpelier High School’s class of 1943. Upon graduation, John enlisted into the United States Army, where he served as an artillery instructor until his honorable discharge in 1946. On May 3, 1947, he married Marilyn Clerici, his high school sweetheart, at Bethany Church in Montpelier. Together, they enjoyed a 72-year union. John began working for the State of Vermont in 1949. He held many jobs and concluded as the director of Administrative Services for the Environmental Conservation Commission. John retired in 1987 after 38 years of service. He was proud of his service as the president and chair of the volunteer board at the Vermont State Employees Credit Union. He was a member of the Bethany Church and enjoyed woodworking, gardening, golf, long scenic drives, and was an avid Boston Red Sox fan. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Sykas; his children John W. "Jack" Sykas Jr. and wife Mary Beth, of South Burlington, Lynn Sykas Montgomery and companion Jerry Senteney, of Port Orchard, Washington, and Laurel Sykas Chouinard and husband Michael, of Jericho; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his four brothers. The Sykas family would like to thank O.M. Fisher Home and Central Vermont Home, Health and Hospice for their loving care and support. Memorial contributions may be made to either one in John’s name. Services will be held privately. Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at www.guareandsons.com.