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Sidney James Aubrey

06/11/1924 - 04/22/2023


Obituary For Sidney James Aubrey

Sidney James Aubrey, age 98, passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2023, at Brookdale Sakonnet Bay in Tiverton. He was the husband of the late Audrey Joy (Essam) Aubrey.

Born in Llandudno, North Wales, UK, he was the son of the late Sydney and the late Clara (unknown maiden name) Aubrey.

Sidney joined the RAF during WWII in 1942. He was stationed in Lagos, S Africa in 1944.

Sidney met and married Audrey Joy (Essam) in 1951. They emigrated to the USA in 1955 where they lived and worked in Minneapolis at U of M Hospital for 7 1/2 years. They had two daughters, Susan and Glynis before returning to the U.K. in 1962 where they lived for four years and had a son Simon before returning to the United States. He worked as Chief X-Ray Technician for Miriam Hospital for many years before retiring in 1986 with his wife. They then spent many happy years camping throughout the USA and Canada and touring Europe, Australia, New Zealand with friends. They lived nearly 40 years in Barrington before settling in Tiverton.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, cooking, photography and bird watching.

Sidney will be remembered for his joy of classical music and his beautiful rose gardens.

He is survived by his two daughters, Susan (Aubrey) and her husband Christopher Trombella of Bristol, Glynis (Aubrey) and her husband Marc Lemelin of Uxbridge, MA; a son, Simon Aubrey and his wife Patricia of Bristol; his grandchildren Nicholas Trombetta of NYC, Elizabeth Trombetta-Cornbrooks (and her huband Charles) of Norwell, MA, Alex Trombetta of Boston MA, and many friends.

Arrangements are with Smith Funeral & Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Rd. Warren, RI. For tributes, please visit

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  • 04/30/2023

    Mr. Aubrey was a good man and great neighbor. We were thrilled when the Aubreys moved next door to us in Barrington. The roses tended in terraced gardens were absolutely beautiful. I will always carry the good memories of those years. He will be missed.

  • 04/29/2023

    Sue, Glynis, and Simon. Sincere condolences on the passing of your father. Although I had not seen him in the last few years, I have several fond memories of all our get togethers with him and your mom at their homes in Barrington and Little Compton. They were gracious hosts and wonderful storytellers. Rest in peace, dear friend. Alice Farrelly

  • 04/27/2023

    Hi daughters and spouses and children of your Dad. Sid was the person who hired me in 1970. We had a love of photography and we both had Rolleiflex cameras! I was thrilled to be working at Miriam with such a wonderful group of people. Your Mom and Dad herded a Wiley group of young and old thru many adventures as well as guiding all of us to be the best imaging professionals in the state of Rhode Island. The sense of patient care was paramount and we took pride in the team your Mom and Dad created. Miriam Diagnostic Imaging Department was by far the best in the state! What was so special was our esprit de Corps. The sense that we all helped one another. Your Mom and Dad were quite a team and I am grateful for their leadership and kindness. Barbara Bourgette. Ps...I was unable to attend any services. I am awaiting hip replacement surgery. Your Mom and Dad are fondly remembered in my heart.

  • 04/27/2023

    Sue, Glynnis and Simon, I am sorry to hear of Sid's passing but what a life he had. With Audrey at his side, they traveled the world which included stops along the way with friends like me. Every visit we would indulge one of his favorite hobbies and go bird watching at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Often we would see some serious alligators, too! He was a good boss, great friend and a lovely gentleman. He will be missed. Kathy Kugelmann Williams

  • 04/25/2023

    Sue, Glynis and Simon sorry to see the passing of your Dad. It was a great pleasure to have worked at The Miriam Hospital with both your Mom and Dad. They had a wonderful relationship with all their employees. They were so missed when they retired, and so we're the beautiful roses he used to bring us. Sorry for your loss, Susan Jordan Messier

  • 04/25/2023

    Sue,Glynis,Simon, So sorry to hear of your father's passing. He was a gentleman, fair and caring. A fatherly image, I always enjoyed being in his company. He guided me and the gang of Miriam gals as we all grew up working under his supervision. Fond memories. Deepest sympathy , Annmarie Morley

  • 04/25/2023

    Wow! Forgot to mention 2 grandchildren, Alexis and Cassandra Aubrey!

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