Brian Edward Sickles, 70, of Wolcott entered the gates of heaven while surrounded by his loving family on Saturday October 1, 2022, at the Vitas IPU of St. Mary’s Hospital. Brian was the loving husband and soulmate of Bethann (Fehrs) Sickles for over 47 years. He was born January 8, 1952 in Waterbury, Connecticut, and was the son of the late George and Rosemary (Colwell) Sickles.
Brian was the best dad to his cherished daughters Kristin (Sickles) Aitchison of Wolcott and Meghan (Sickles) Markey and her husband Richard of Wolcott. Brian’s favorite times were with his family. He was the best Papa to his grandchildren, Sydney and Mackenzie Aitchison and Addison and RJ Markey. He leaves behind his brother and best friend, Keith Sickles, and his wife Marlene of SC, as well as several nieces and nephews. Brian also leaves his sisters-in-law, Laurie Ferraro and her husband Michael of Wolcott, and Susan Melnick of Prospect. Also important to mention is Scout, Brian’s four-legged buddy, who will miss him terribly. Brian was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Craig Sickles.
Brian was always joking; his primary goal was the comfort and enjoyment of his family and everyone he met. He was joking with the nursing staff right up to his last days. Brian’s theme “I just want everyone to be happy” was exemplified in the respect and easygoing manner with which he treated everyone. He also was a “Let It Go” kind of guy and let others take responsibility to “drive their own bus”. Ironic that Brian bought his own “bus” recently, a Winnebago, that he sadly did not get a chance to enjoy.
He was a Master’s Degree prepared teacher who went on to become a systems analyst, learning new programs and skills almost daily. Brian challenged himself every day to master new projects and interests. He was a self-taught musician, starting with the keyboard, then the violin, followed by the fiddle, and ultimately his favorite instrument, the guitar. He could sight read music, but was talented enough to also play by ear. Brian dabbled in oil painting, and enjoyed recreating his favorite scenes from Eastham, Mass. Brian leaves a legacy of caring, motivation to accomplish new and different talents, and most of all, devotion to family. Brian had a strong personal relationship with God. His life and love will be cherished by all who knew him.
A funeral mass for Brian will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2022, at 11:30 am at Mary Mother of the Church, SS. Peter and Paul Church, 67 Southmayd Rd. Waterbury. An hour of visitation will be on Thursday morning from 10 to 11 am at Prospect Memorial/The Palmerie Family Funeral Home, 72 Waterbury Rd., Prospect, with procession to church immediately following. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
Prospect Memorial/The Palmerie Family Funeral Home is honored to be assisting Brian’s family. To share a favorite memory, photo or words of comfort for the Sickles family, please visit Brian's Tribute Wall on this website.
Brian’s family is thankful for the compassionate care of the staff at Vitas, especially his caring nurses Doreen, Stephanie and Manya.
In lieu of flowers, if you so desire, memorial donations may be made to Closer to Free - Smilow Cancer Center at https://secure.givetoynhh.org/site/Donation2?df_id=1561&mfc_pref=T&1561.donation=form1
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