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J. Edward Sydow, age 66, lost his battle with lung and brain cancer on June 20, 2015 in Tienen, Belgium near his home in Brussels, Belgium. The youngest of the four children of Garland Baker Sydow and Elita Fae Strange Sydow, J. was born October 24, 1948 in Gatesville, Texas and was raised in Huntsville, Texas where he attended elementary, junior and senior high school. While attending Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, he regularly performed in annual dance concerts produced in Old Main Auditorium. In addition to his collegiate studies, he studied dance with Hanya Holm for two summers at the Perry Mansfield Dance Camp in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and with Alan Miles in Columbus, Ohio before moving to New York City where he studied dance with the renowned Erick Hawkins. While getting established as a dancer in New York, he worked at Herbet Dancewear and then New York Health and Racquet Club as a personal trainer. He performed throughout New York City and on Long Island with the Phyllis Rose Dance Company and co founded Back Roads Dance Company with colleagues Karen Potter and Jennifer Mitchell touring to Connecticut and Texas. Following a successful dance career, he became a highly sought after display designer and window dresserhaving a long tenure with all of the Pusser’s stores in the British Virgin Islands, and the notable New York stores of Tiffany’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Este Lauder, Erwin Pearl, Macy’s, and Bed Bath and Beyond to name a few. He also avidly pursued his other artistic interests exploring first collage work and eventually sketching and painting out of his Jaybird Studio in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood. His artistic works were exhibited annually in the Tribeca Open Arts Studio Tour (TOAST) for many years. Upon his retirement from Tiffany’s, Mr. Sydow spent most of his time in Brussels, Belgium with his long time partner and husband Willem (Wim) Vanoeveren who he met in 1990. They exchanged wedding vows on May 12, 2006 at the Chateau St. Gerlach in Valkenburg, The Netherlands. During their 25 years together, theyenjoyed their mutual hobby, traveling extensively in parts of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East making return visits to some of their favorite countries, Egypt, Germany, Mexico, Spain, and Tunisia. He deeply enjoyed listening to music and maintained an extensive LP, cassette and DVD collection. He also loved going to museums and enjoyed diverse cuisine and cooking. Throughout his adult life, he practiced meditation regularly and also maintained his passion for the physical through his daily self devised work out routine.
He is survived by his husband, Wim Vanoeveren (Brussels, Belgium); sisters Claudia Nell Higginbotham (Houston, Texas) and Sarah Francine Kelley (Burbank, California); nephews Larry Sydow (Katy, Texas), Doug Sydow and Mark Sydow (Lake Jackson, Texas), Brian Higginbotham (Carrollton, Texas), and Matt Kelley (Burbank, California); nieces Pamela Steel (Huntington, Texas) and Cindy Doolan (Brazoria, Texas); many great and great great nephews and nieces; in laws Jonny Vanoeveren and Jacqueline Vanoeveren Bollen (Brussels, Belgium), Evon Etheridge Sydow (Clute, Texas) and Nathan Higginbotham (Houston, Texas). He is predeceased by his parents Garland Baker Sydow and Elita Fae Strange Sydow, brother Reginald Garland Sydow and niece Catherine Higginbotham Salazar. In lieu of sending flowers, encouraged are contributions to the Gay Men’s Health Crisis of New York and the Kom Op Tegen Kanker Organization of Belgium. Mr. Vanoeveren and the family extend deepest appreciation to Dr. Frank Martens and all of the medical team and staff at theRegional Hospital in Tienen, Belgium for their superb care of Mr. Sydow and the support shown to his family.
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