Sanford E. Rich (Sandy) died peacefully at home on March 11 at the age of 87 with his family at his side.
Sandy is survived by his wife Anna of Farmington; children Sanford R. Rich and wife Debbie of Darien, Lisa Wick of Tolland, Russell Rich and wife Donna of Farmington, Laura Rich of Collinsville and Lynnelle Hulse and husband Kevin of Farmington; 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents William and Lois Rich of Ansonia and sister, Laverne and her husband Jerry Martinez of New Jersey.
Sandy was born in March 1933 in New Haven, grew up in Ansonia and attended Ansonia High School, was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Ansonia Volunteer Fire Department. He married Anna, his high school sweetheart in 1956. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Teacher’s College of Conn. (now CCSU), a Master of Science & 6th year from Ball State University and Doctoral studies from NYU. While in Graduate school, he worked as a firefighter for the Indianapolis 500. He was a Professor in the School of Technology at CCSU for 48 years, a past president of the CCSU Alumni Association, a member of the Book Binder’s Guild of America and a member of the American Industrial Arts Association. He enjoyed photography throughout his life, taught photography at Tunxis Community College as well as forensic photography to various State of Conn. law enforcement agencies. He and Anna enjoyed spending time with family, traveling, time spent at their Cape Cod home and winters in Florida. He was also a much beloved Santa for more than 60 years. In retirement, he enjoyed wandering through estate sales and flea markets, Book Collecting and Book Binding.
A memorial service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 11 at First Church of Christ, Congregational, 1652 on Main Street in Farmington. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to either Season’s Hospice & Palliative Care, 1579 Straits Turnpike, Unit 1E, Middlebury, CT 06762 or First Church of Christ, Congregational, 1652, 75 Main St., Farmington, CT 06032. The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers at Anthology of Farmington and Season’s Hospice for their care and support. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc., www.ahernfuneralhome.com .