Alfred "A.J." Sikma, 48, of Princeton, NJ, died February 24 after a long battle with brain cancer. A.J. passed away at home peacefully, surrounded by loving family.
A.J. was raised in Western Springs, IL. He graduated Lyons Township High School in 1986, received his B.S. from Bradley University in 1990, and his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago in 1998. A.J. was an investment banker and spent the majority of his career with Merrill Lynch.
While A.J. loved baseball, history, and travel, his great loves were his wife and children. A.J. was a loyal and trusted friend. The courage with which A.J. lived his live and faced his illness will continue to be an example to all those who knew and loved him.
AJ was predeceased by his father, Harry Sikma, his mother Jane Sikma, and his mother-in-law, Susan Shanley. He is survived by his wife of 15 years Tara Jennifer, his two daughters Molly and Katherine, his father-in-law Vincent Shanley, his brothers-in-law Christopher and James Shanley, and his brother Harry Sikma.
A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 11am at Trinity Episcopal Church, 33 Mercer St. Princeton, NJ 08540. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery.
Visitation will held on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave. Princeton, NJ 08542.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Alfred Sikma can be made to 'The Trustees of Columbia University'; please indicate 'Dr. Lassman's Brain Tumor Research' on the memo line and send to: Columbia University Medical Center, Office of Development, Attention Matt Reals, 516 W. 168th St., 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10032. Alternatively, memorial donations can be made on-line at: https://giving.columbia.edu/giveonline/?schoolstyle=534&alloc=16367.
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