Stanetsky Memorial Chapel

1668 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA


Sidney J. Sklar

September 29, 1936January 10, 2020

Sidney J. Sklar of Wayland entered into rest on January 10, 2020. Beloved husband of Razel (Cohen) Sklar, son of the late Frank Sklar and Clara Ginsberg. Devoted father of Jeff and Robin Sklar of Wayland, Frank and Amy Sklar of Peabody and Kim and Mark Reichelt of Wayland. Beloved grandfather of Stephanie and Samantha Sklar; Randal and Jessica Sklar; Benjamin and Anika Reichelt. Loving brother of Estelle Goldner of New York.

Sid was born in the Bronx, attended City College of New York and earned his master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was employed during college by the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, which later became Draper Labs in Cambridge, where he spent his entire professional career, retiring in 2002. He made significant contributions to our nation's space & deep submergence rescue programs.

Sid was the first Wayland Little League baseball commissioner to insist that girls be allowed to play. He had many hobbies & interests including woodworking, electrical, computers, kenkens, tennis & traveling. He was a good and loyal friend.

Services at Congregation Or Atid, 97 Concord Rd, Wayland on Monday, January 13 at noon, followed by interment at Beit Olam East Cemetery, 42 Concord Rd, Wayland. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be donated to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) or Miriam Boyd Parlin Hospice Residence (https://www.mountauburnhospital.org/care-treatment/hospice/parlin-hospice-residence/). Shiva will be held at his late residence on Monday, following the service until 4pm & 6-8pm, continuing on Tuesday, from 1-4pm and 6-8pm.

Arrangements under the direction of Stanetsky Memorial Chapel, www.stanetskybrookline.com.


  • Funeral Service Monday, January 13, 2020


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Brian Cuevas

January 13, 2020

It was a pleasure to work with Sid (fellow CCNY Alumni) all those years.

Rita Connolly

January 12, 2020

Sid was my boss at Draper Lab for several years. I am going to miss his stories and jokes and, of course, his presence. My heart goes out to his family. He was one of kind.