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Sydney Anderson
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Sydney James Anderson, 89, passed away peacefully at his home in Orinda on October 4th, 2017.

In 1950 Syd left his family's Canadian farm to attend the University of Oklahoma. He then began his global journey as a petroleum engineer for Gulf Oil, his life and career crisscrossing Canada, Pennsylvania, Angola, Portugal, South Africa, Kuwait, Texas, Oklahoma and Hawaii until finally settling in the golden state of California in the 1980s as Chevron's Senior Vice President of Exploration.

Syd had many notable achievements over his life including negotiating the release of a hostage from Angolan separatists, building the first golf club in Cabinda Angola, assisting the FBI in the prosecution of aforementioned separatist leader, starting the successful consulting group Waterside and sitting on the board of Oil Changers.

Perhaps his most notable achievement is the enormous amount of friends he made and people he touched around the world through his integrity, kindness and leadership.

Syd is survived by his 3 children and 5 grandchildren.


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