Sydney Finkelstein believed public education was the cornerstone of democracy and spent more than half a century giving back through public service in the field.
Finkelstein, a trustee with Western Suffolk BOCES whose career as a board of education member spanned more than 50 years, died March 18 at the age of 95 at home in East Northport.
Born in Manhattan, he lived in Brooklyn as a child. He later moved to East Northport with his wife Gloria. The couple married in 1947 and raised three children.
A World War II veteran with the Army Air Force, Finkelstein earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Polytech Institute of Brooklyn. He worked as an engineer with Sperry Gyroscope and Grumman Aircraft for 25 years and as a telecommunications officer with Chemical Bank and