John Sykes, Sr., 89, of North Branford, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at the Connecticut Hospice, Branford.    He was the husband of the late Theresa Grace Bradanini Sykes.  John was born in New Haven on November 15, 1924; son of the late Robert and Ethel Fern Sykes; had worked as a truck driver for Leonard Concrete Pipe for 30 years until his retirement; was a member of the Teamsters’ Local #443 Retirees’; was an avid golfer; a fan of the Boston Red Sox’s and the New York Giants; enjoyed meeting his friends in the morning at McDonald’s, North Branford, but most of all he adored his grandchildren Erica and Michael Garguilo whom he loved unconditionally and brought him so much happiness.  Father of Susan (Louis) Garguilo, John Sykes, Jr. and his fiancé Kathy Albee.  Predeceased by his siblings, Irene Timoteo, Vivian Swanson, Robert, James and Harry Sykes.

Funeral services will be conducted in the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue, Thursday morning at 11:00. Family and friends may call from 9:00 until time of service.  Interment will follow in Montowese Cemetery.