Robert E. Sanford, Sr.


Robert E. Sanford, Sr., of Warwick, NY, passed away on July 3, 2017 in the state of Florida.  He was 85 years old.

Born on June 5, 1932, he was the son of the late Erza Burt Sanford and Ada Ely Sanford.

He was married to Sandra (Goodman) Sanford.

He served with the US Army from 1952-54 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 visitation will be on Friday, July 14, 2017 from 3:00-8:00 pm at Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 17 Oakland Ave., Warwick, NY.  Memorial service will be held at 9:00 am on Saturday at the funeral home, followed by interment of cremains in Warwick Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, 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.

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Our deepest sympathy to the family! You are all in ours prayers! Darrell& Barbara Houghtaling
Darrell Houghtaling
Thoughts and prayers to the family. Sorry for your loss.
Debi Carr Perry
With fond memories of shared CPR training long ago with a dedicated and most wonderful man. Bob shall be sorely missed. With deepest sympathy for the family.
Gerry Freisinger
Cindy, Rob and Sandy. So Sorry for your loss. Your dad and husband was a very special man. He will be remembered by all for some time to come. Please be safe.
Ken Sanford
I have known Bob for more years than I can recall and he was one of the few people I actually can say was a friend. I don't believe that through all of the years I knew him that one cross word passed between us. I am going to miss my dear friend and my condolences go out to his family. Remember the good times and let them guide you through the trying times ahead. Close your eyes and you will see the twinkle in his eyes when he laughed. Let us not spend great time mourning our loss, but let us celebrate the good times that we got to share with him. Rejoice in his memory and he will always be with us. Bill Elwood With Deepest Sympathy, Bill Elwood Jr
Bill Elwood Jr
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