Obit: Sydney Montague, artist, World War II veteran

Published October 10, 2013 6:02 pm
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Sydney Montague, a native of London who fought with the British Navy in the Normandy invasion and who later became a well-known artist in Buffalo, N.Y., died Oct. 6 from complications of a fall he suffered at his Salt Lake City home. He was 91.

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.

Montague and his wife, Judy, retired to Salt Lake City in 2007 after living in Bradenton, Fla., and Santa Fe, N.M. His son-in-law and daughter-in-law, Michael Rubin and Sarah L. Woolsey, are physicians in Salt Lake City.

Earlier, Montague lived for 40 years in Buffalo, where he worked as an electrician by day and an artist and teacher at night.

A painter, sculptor and jewelry maker, Montague founded the Anatomy of Art School in Buffalo in 1961 and later taught art classes at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Buffalo State College.

His paintings — which range from the impressionistic to the abstract — were on display for years in many Buffalo office buildings and at galleries in Western New York.

Originally trained at the Chelsea School of Fine Arts in London, he later received a master's degree from the College of the San Francisco Art Institute.

Montague married Judy Mero in Buffalo in 1991 and moved with her to Bradenton in 1993.

They later moved to Santa Fe and Salt Lake City. He is survived by his wife.

A private memorial service will be held Oct. 20 in Salt Lake City.



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