Westminster-Robert C. Sands, 83, died Sunday, November 19, 2017, at Sterling Village after and illness.
He leaves his wife of 44 years, Dorothy F. (Rivers) Sands; four sons, Mark Sands and his significant other Lori of FL, David Sands of Rindge, NH, Thomas Francis and his wife Terri of FL and Shaun Francis and his wife Sarah of Sterling; nine grandchildren, Clinton Sands, Conor Sands, Kelsey Sands, Natasha Sands, Trevor Sands, Tyler Sands, Amanda Francis, Ella Francis and Evan Francis; one great-granddaughter, Ashlynd Carey; and two sisters, June Koval of CA and Barbara Bourque and her husband George of FL; several brothers and sisters-in-law; nieces, nephews and his longtime friend Clayton Whitney.
Robert was born in Fitchburg, on March 12, 1934, a son of the late Clinton and Ella (Thiel) Sands. He worked as a paper maker for 44 years, primarily for James River which eventually was purchased by Custom Paper Group from where he retired. He served in the National Guard from 1950 -1956 and was an undefeated amateur Boxer while he served. In addition to loving his family, he was an avid outdoorsman, who loved hunting, fishing and gardening.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Westminster Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Home, 123 Main Street, Westminster, MA 01473.
Burial will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Robert’s name to the American Diabetes Association, 10 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.
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