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Sigmund C. ‘Sig’ Giambruno

July 11, 2012
Lake Placid News

Sigmund C. "Sig" Giambruno died Saturday, July 7 at 11:48 a.m. He was born on Aug. 20, 1930, in Granville, New York. He was always proud of being raised in a small town in upstate New York.

He attended Union College in Schenectady, New York. After college he enlisted in the Air Force for four years. Soon after the Air Force he entered Cornell University School of Labor Relations where he earned his Master's degree.

He spent his life in labor relations. He worked for companies such as Xerox, Union Carbide, Hollister, Brach's, Marion Power Shovel, and JT Baker. At the age of 54 he left corporate life and bought the Country Store in Lake Placid, New York. He enjoyed living on Mirror Lake in the village of Lake Placid. During his years in Lake Placid he also worked as a Fact Finder for the National board of Labor Relations and for Country Business Service. He belonged to the Curling Club, Rotary, and rang the bell for the Salvation Army during many blustery days.

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He later moved to Saratoga after selling the business. He enjoyed attending the horse races and sporting events at Union. He was a season ticket holder for hockey and football. He was able to see his beloved Dutchman make the Frozen Four. During his time in Saratoga he continued to work as a Fact Finder.

He spent nearly 60 years married to Elizabeth "Betty" Gehringer. They had five children together. Mary (Patrick) Giambruno-Fuge of Gomer, OH; Sue (Jim) Drumgould of Poughkeepsie, NY; Steve Giambruno (Adirondacks), Andy (Melody) Giambruno of Austin, TX; Peter (Carol) Giambruno of Plattsburgh, NY. He had six Grandchildren here in Gomer, OH: Samantha, Brendan, Maria, Sophia, Rose and James. He and Betty moved out to Ohio and spent the last eight years enjoying them. He attended their soccer, ice hockey, roller hockey, baseball, plays, piano recitals, and dance recitals. He so enjoyed his grandchildren that he often said they gave him the last ten years of his life. He spent many early years with Sam walking around Lake Placid and visiting. He became an avid Blue Jay football fan attending both home and away football games.

He was a staunch conservative and was well versed in politics. He was never afraid to express his views whether fighting Walmart coming to Lake Placid or vigorously defending personal freedoms. He never missed a vote.

He is survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mildred and Sigmund, along with a brother, Pete. His family wishes to thank the many friends he has had along the way including those from Union, the Air Force, Cornell and Lake Placid. We also wish to thank Dr. Neidhardt, ST. Rita's Hospice, Father Charles Obinwa and the staff of 5K at St. Rita's. He is donating his body to Toledo Medical School.

There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations in his honor to St. Rita's Hospice, Salvation Army, or Union College Athletics.

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