Sidney graduated from Commerce High School in 1941 and enlisted in the US Army one week after Pearl Harbor, serving for four years. Two years were spent training in the US and two in India and China with the Signal Corps and Air Force, flying in B-25's as an aerial gunner/photographer. He married the love of his life, Evelyn (Levine) on December 9, 1943, and left her three days later on a "cruise" (as he put it) of 30 days, courtesy of Uncle Sam. She wrote him every single day he was overseas. Some days would go by without him receiving any mail and then dozens of letters would arrive all at once. Upon being discharged from the service in January 1946 he started a photography business in his home, which lasted until his retirement in 1987. Throughout the course of his forty year career he photographed the weddings, bar mitzvahs and family portraits of multiple generations of people throughout New England.