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25 Broad Street
Hamilton, NY 13346
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Edward Sitts

Edward C. Sitts

August 7, 1936 - February 14, 2021
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Edward C. Sitts, 84, died on February 14, 2021, at Sitrin Health Care Center in New Hartford, New York.
Ed was born in Utica on August 7, 1936, son of Camillo W. Sitts and Katherine Virginia Connolly Sitts. His mother and his dad, Pearl Floyd Davis, lovingly raised him from his early years. He had a brother, George Davis (wife Anita), of Portland, Oregon. He was a life-long Christian.
He graduated from Camden Central School and subsequently earned his B.A. in Political Science from Middlebury College, Vermont. His entire business career at Oneida Ltd. included several years as a salesman, followed by being assistant sales manager, product development manager and culminating in Vice President, Purchase Products - from which he retired in 1999. The latter position required frequent, worldwide travel throughout most of 25 years. For him it was a dream job repaid by diligent application.
Ed was still able to devote almost 30 years to a parallel career with the United States Army Reserve (USAR) as a member of upstate New York’s 98th Division (Training). He served the division in three different upstate cities: Utica, Syracuse and Schenectady. He commanded three different companies and three different battalions over the years, including the 1157th USAR School and finally the 1st Brigade of the Division. He retired from each of the last two as a full colonel.
Mr. Sitts is pre-deceased by his beloved wife of 59 years, Marcia. Their family grew to include daughter Anne and son-in-law Mark Ehrenreich, of Dallas, Texas, and their children Joshua of San Francisco, California; Samuel and wife Jessica and of Reno, Nevada and great-grandsons Bennet and Eliot; Meg and son-in-law Justin Renninger and great-granddaughters Adelaide and Remy, of Fort Worth, Texas; Jacob and wife Samantha of Texas, Mia Ehrenreich of Dallas, Texas; Tian Ehrenreich of Dallas, Texas; son David of Spartanburg, South Carolina; son Michael of Earlville; daughter Laurie and son-in-law Robert Roser and children Marty and Katie with great-grandchildren Ryan and Luke, all of Verona; daughter Karen Dawson of Lancaster, Pennyslvania, and her children Anthony of Lancaster, Crysta and great-grandson Mounir Howard II, both of Syracuse, Julian and Rose, both of Lancaster; Nadine and son-in-law Joseph (Matt) of Bouckville and their children, Kody, Tyler and Tessa; daughter Elizabeth and son-in-law Alan Johnson and their children Alana, Brandon and wife Crystal, Audbrey, and Elisa all of Utica; and Joel of Albany.
Services will be held at a later date at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Hamilton, NY.
Interment will be in St. Thomas’ Memorial Garden.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 25 Broad St., Hamilton, NY.
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    12-1/2 Madison St.
    HAMILTON, NY 13346
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Mary Faith Messenger

Posted at 08:20am
I was fortunate to work at Oneida Ltd. with Ed. He was a professional and true gentleman. My sincere sympathy to his family.

Jill Tyksinski

Posted at 07:50am
To Ed's sorry..he will not be forgotten..he was such a "gentleman"..the world needs more men like him..sincerely, Jill Tyksinski/Stacy T.Davignon (his physical therapists in Clinton)

Cyndi DeDominick

Posted at 09:55pm
I will always consider myself lucky to have served as Superintendent, with Ed as President of the Board of Education, at Madison Central School. Ed was ahead of his time in collecting and analyzing performance data from similar types of schools. He worked tirelessly to determine ways to improve the school district, he never wanted to settle for anything less than the very best.

As I moved on from Madison Ed and I kept in touch and I would get an occasional note letting me know he was checking on my district’s data. I am very thankful that I was able to communicate with him my sincere appreciation as I retired for the significant impact he had on my career. He made me a better district leader and I had the chance to tell him so.

Ed was a fine man who sought out many ways to give back to his church, country and community. My deepest condolences to all of the members of the Sitts family as you mourn his loss.

Cyndi DeDominick


Edward O. Page

Posted at 03:02pm
I am proud to have served along with Ed at our Church St. Thomas' in Hamilton, NY. I regret not having thanked him for his 'Services to our Country & St. Thomas'. Another opportunity to share a special poem.

Author: Unknown
God's Garden: God looked around his garden, And He found an empty place. And then He looked down upon the earth, And saw your tired face. He put His arms around you, And lifted you to rest. God's garden must be beautiful, He always takes the best. He knew that you were suffering, He knew you were in pain. He knew that you would never get well upon this earth again. He saw the road was getting rough, And the hills were hard to climb, So He closed your weary eyelids, And whispered "Peace be thine". It broke our hearts to lose you. But you didn't go alone, for part of us went with you, The day God called you home.

May you rest in peace Brother!

Joshua Ehrenreich

Posted at 02:55pm
One small memory I treasure with Grandpa was when I went to visit him and Grandma in January. I was arriving by Amtrak and there was a crazy snowstorm. It was a joy to see Grandpa (and Michael and Joel) pick me up at the station and confidently navigate the lightless roads, up and down the hills, snow falling all around us. Upon getting to Johnny Cake road and into the house, warmed by the stove fire, Grandpa declares that he was in need of a Manhattan and, would I like one as well. I could not imagine a more perfect arrival to visit the family. You were, and are, loved Grandpa and you will be missed.

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