20 years

Sydney Tremayne Obituary.

David Dell

By David Dell

Sydney Tremayne

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my friend SYDNEY TREMAYNE, the originator of Born on the 4th of February 1934 in Selby, Yorkshire, England.

Sydney passed away on Sunday the 18th of July in Boquete, Panama. He had been suffering from various long-term illnesses including COPD and Parkinson’s.

Survived by his wife Helen of 49 years, a son, daughter, 6 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Estranged from his wife, Sydney spent his declining years with the Panamanian artist Dalia Itzel.

Book cover by Sydney Tremayne

Sydney had a fairly illustrious career in the writing and stock market field. He was a journalist with the Canadian newspapers: The Winnipeg Free Press, The Winnipeg Tribune and the Ottawa Citizen.

He wrote several books and his first book, published in 1987, by Prentice Hall, Take the Guessing out of Investing, became a best seller in Canada. His last book published in 2007, Lunch with Gaffer, also made it on to the Amazon best seller list.

In Canada, Sydney developed his own form of stock forecasting which he termed, Momentum Analysis. Eventually, at the pinnacle of his career, he became one of the top stockbrokers in the entire country and had his own brokerage firm employing 23 people.

Sydney Tremayne

Although Sydney dreamed of one day becoming a millionaire, he never realized that dream. He told me of one time when he received a hot tip to buy a $3 stock- a stock that finally went to $69. If he had invested a planned $10,000 in that stock, he would have achieved his dream of wealth.

Sadly, over the 17 years that I knew Sydney, he relentlessly pursued that dream. He constantly regaled me with stories of how his “new and improved” software was the best in the world. Software he claimed that would predict rising stocks 80% of the time.

His Biggest Regret.

In the last few months of his life Sydney was full of regret. His biggest regret was leaving his wife Helen. A decision that he said was, “The most foolish thing I have ever done.” I believe that Helen Tremayne was Sydney’s true soul mate and the love of his life.

Sydney died a broken and impoverished man. Like an old prospector he constantly believed that just over that next hill was the great gold mine he had been searching for. Too late he realized that his greatest treasure had been by his side, and he simply walked away from it.

Sydney always had a smile on his face and a sort of roguish optimism. This prodigal journalist will return to Canada and his ashes will be laid to rest in Truro, Nova Scotia. A place which he once described as “The most beautiful part of Canada.”

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