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Charles Sedgwick Sanford, Jr.

Obituary for Charles Sedgwick Sanford, Jr.

December 25, 1933 - January 1, 2021
Twinsburg, Ohio | Age 87

Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, and Uncle


Charles Sedgwick Sanford, Jr., 87, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on Friday, January 1, 2021, while residing at Canterbury Senior Living in Twinsburg, Ohio. Charles was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Allison Paulett Sanford. He is survived by daughters Janice Sanford-Russo (Donald) of Independence, OH, Deborah Werbeach (Keith) of Chesterland, OH, Shirley Freshwater (Todd) of Cleveland, OH, and son Paul Sanford (Sarah) of Alexandria, VA. He is also survived by granddaughters Jessica Ann Werbeach (Brian) of Pittsburgh, PA, Shannon Marie Werbeach of Minneapolis, MN, and Alexandra Paulett Mack (Christian) of Seven Hills, OH, as well as his siblings Catherine Sanford, Virginia Tomsits (Robert), John Sanford (Betty), and David Sanford (Janet). Additional family members include treasured niece Kris Dunn, and nephews Scott Tomsits and Jawara and Mani Sanford.

Charles ("Chuck") was born on December 25th, 1933 in Valparaiso, Indiana to Edith and Charles Sedgwick Sanford, Sr. He graduated from Valparaiso High School and Depauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and worked for over 40 years for North American Manufacturing Company in Cuyahoga Heights, OH, selling combustion equipment.

Chuck married his wife Allison on June 23rd, 1956 at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church in Washington D.C. Allison and Chuck spent most of their 64 years of marriage living in their home in Parma, Ohio and traveling to Maryland and Indiana to visit family. Their Christian faith and church involvement were at the heart of their lives, and Chuck sang in school and church choirs from high school until the closing of his most recent church, Brooklyn United Presbyterian Church, where he and his wife were active for more than 42 years. He also took part in the Cleveland Metropolitan Chorus, a city-wide, intercultural choir dedicated to Christian musical service.

Chuck loved maps, exploring off-the-beaten-track areas of the country and knowing roadways in cities throughout the U.S. He also loved diesel trains, spending many vacations following their rail pathways. Chuck treasured the time he spent with his immediate and extended family and enjoyed delivering puns during family gatherings with perfect timing and accompanied by his signature smile/smirk.

Chuck's hugs, along with his wife's, were unmatched in their ability to comfort and express his love. His conversations with others about all the things in the world that interested him were a source of great satisfaction for him. His family missed these conversations dearly as communication became more difficult toward the end of his life.

The level of integrity Charles displayed throughout his entire life cannot be overstated. He was a man of honor, honesty, dignity, grace, and kindness. The world -- certainly our worlds -- will be much the less bright in his absence. Our gratitude for the closeness of our family is our parents' legacy, and though we feel comfort knowing they are again together, we will truly miss their guiding lights.

Services for Charles and Allison have been delayed due to the pandemic. For updates on their status please contact one of their children. Donations in Charles' name can be made to the American Red Cross.


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