on October 9, 2013 - 5:44 PM
, updated October 10, 2013 at 6:48 AM
Aug. 5, 1922 – Oct. 6, 2013
Sydney Montague, a native of London who fought with the British Navy in the Normandy invasion and later became a well-known artist in Buffalo, died Sunday in Salt Lake City after suffering a fall. He was 91.
Mr. Montague also served in Sicily, Malta and North Africa during World War II, but his service at Normandy was among his proudest achievements, prompting a return visit to the French coastline on the 60th anniversary of the invasion – where he met Queen Elizabeth II.
Mr. Montague emigrated to Canada in 1953 and then Buffalo in 1954. Working as an electrician by day, he was an artist and teacher at night.
A painter, sculptor and jewelry maker, Mr. Montague founded the Anatomy of Art School in Buffalo in 1961 and later taught art classes at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo State College and North Tonawanda High School.
He frequently sold his work at the Allentown Art Festival. His paintings – which ranged from the impressionistic to the abstract – were on display in years past at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, HSBC Center and numerous local galleries.
Originally trained at the Chelsea School of Fine Arts in London, he later received a master of fine arts from the College of the San Francisco Art Institute.
Mr. Montague married the former Judy Mero in Buffalo in 1991 and then in 1993 moved with her to Bradenton, Fla.
They later moved to Santa Fe, N.M., and Salt Lake City. He is survived by his wife.
A private memorial service will be held Oct. 20 in Salt Lake City.
A well-known figure in Allentown for 40 years, he voluntarily cleared the snow from sidewalks on the northern block of Mariner Street well into his 60s.