Chairman of the Board
December 30, 1934 - November 24, 2022
Robert C. Sidley
R.W. Sidley Says Goodbye to Robert C. Sidley
R.W. Sidley has lost its Chairman of the Board, former President, and good friend Robert C. Sidley. Much-loved and highly respected, Bob passed away on November 24, 2022, surrounded by his family and friends, after medical complications.
Bob, age 87, was a constant fixture and mentor at R.W. Sidley for over 60 years. During his tenure as President from 1961 to 2002, he applied ingenuity, passion, and drive to grow Sidley into the multifaceted company it is today. Even beyond his retirement, Bob continued to work at the company founded by his father in 1933, recognizing the talents and contributions of all Sidley employees and encouraging them and everyone he encountered to “Enjoy every day, and if you don’t, do something about it.”
Bob was a forward-thinking leader in the aggregates, mining, and construction industries who was highly dedicated to supporting customers’ success. As a fierce advocate for strengthening the concrete industry and promoting the adoption of the newest standards, Bob was active in the Ohio Concrete Ready Mix Association, serving on their Board of Directors and as past President in the 1980s. He also served as Director for the National Ready Mix Association. Bob received the Ohio Concrete Association’s William R. Feltz Lifetime Achievement Award in 2022.
His accomplishments were far-reaching, extending across the standard-bred horse business, where he held multiple high-profile leadership positions on the state and national levels. Together with his late wife, Polly, who passed away alongside him on the same day from medical issues, the couple owned and operated Northern Farms in Painesville, Ohio. Bob and Polly were breeders of nearly 600 horses over a 50-year span. They were married for 64 years, consistently demonstrating an unwavering commitment to family, the R.W. Sidley Company, horseracing, and their community.
Bob and Polly made a profound and positive impact on the world. They will both be deeply missed by everyone who knew them.