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This Article Last Updated: Sep 14th, 2016 - 21:16:17
Richard Sands, 86, passed away peacefully Wednesday (Aug. 31, 2016) with family by his side following a long illness.
Richard was born Nov. 18, 1929 in Auburn, NY. Growing up in Skaneateles, he developed a passion for all things sailing and racing Comet and Star Class boats in particular. Dick graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, earned his Bachelor of Science from Oberlin College and Master of Science and PhD's from Syracuse University.
He moved to Alfred, N.Y. in 1956 to begin a 41-year career teaching Organic Chemistry at Alfred University, retiring in 1997. They say that when Dick first arrived in Alfred his wife Marge was pushing the car!
Dick was very active in the community; serving on or chairing many University committees over the years. He was a life time member of the Alfred Fire Department and Ambulance Service (serving 10 years as assistant chief and five years as chief) and the Allegany County Fire Chiefs Association. For many years you could see Dick manning the "High Striker" for the fire department at the Hot Dog Day Festival. He also was the captain of the 12th District Keuka Lake Star fleet founded in 1933.
Dick was predeceased by his beloved wife, Margery; and his parents, John Dayton and Angie Whitman Sands.
He is survived by his three daughters, Marguerite Sands of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Virginia M. Sands of Eugene, Oregon and Elizabeth Dayton (Tom) Stewart of West Chester, Pa.; his grandson Joshua Dayton Stewart of Downingtown, Pa.; his brother and sister-in-law, John and Eileen Sands of Corning, N.Y.; a niece, Christine (Matt) Vizzari and nephew Paul (Jennifer) Sands; and a very special family friend, Jumah Darley without whose loving and compassionate care we would not have had the past six years.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Union University Church, North Main Street, Alfred, with Rev. Christian R. Mattison officiating. Burial will be at the Alfred Rural Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
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