We mourn the loss of our friends, neighbors and relatives who have passed. Our memories of life at the Lake are entertwined with our memories of those who shared their lives with us here.
Robert E. Sanford, Sr., of Warwick, NY, passed away on 3 July 2017 in the state of Florida. He was 85 years old. Born on 5 June 1932, he was the son of the late Erza Burt Sanford and Ada Ely Sanford. He was married to Sandra (Goodman) Sanford.
Bob served with the U.S. Army from 1952 - 1954 during the Korean War with the 5th Cavalry Regiment and was a life member of the Korean Veterans.
He worked with Warwick Auto Company from 1948 - 1950. He worked in construction with Feagles & Sanford for three years, for Ford Corporation for three years, operated Sanford I, II, III Gas Station in Pine Island, worked with Sanford & Son Automotive for 20 years, and Chimney Swipe (Ambaster Sweep) for ten years. He was a life member of American Legion Post 214 for over 50 years, Warwick, Warwick VFW Post #4662, VFW Color Guard for 25 years, and he was a 67 years member of the Warwick Fire Department, captain of the Fire Police from 1969-1971, a active member of Warwick Ambulance for 61 years member of Mamakating First Aid Squad for five years, Rock Hill Ambulance for ten years, Chester Ambulance for ten years, and a life member of Pine Island Ambulance, and a member of Masonic Lodge #54 for over 50 years. He was awarded the 2002 EMT of the year for Orange County, the Robert J. Uplinger Distinguished Service Award, Warwick Lions Club 2013 and Warwick Valley Rotary Club, and the Outstanding Community Service Award for 2014-15.
He was a former member of the Warwick Reformed Church, where he served as a Deacon.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra Sanford of Warwick; his daughter, Cynthia L. Sanford and her companion, James Shorten of Pine Bush; his son, Robert Sanford, Jr., and wife, Frances, of Florida, NY; his step-daughter, Irene M. Smith, and husband, Ronald, of Chester, NY; grandchildren: Ronald, Robbie, Christopher, Ashley, Jessica, Chelsea, and Hailey; and great-grandchildren: Kylie and Jackson.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Jean C. Sanford and a granddaughter, Catilin Feldner.
Memorial donations may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Warwick Valley Humane Society, PO Box 61, Warwick, NY 10990.