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Sanford Louis Barcus

1912 - 2013 Obituary
Sanford Louis Barcus Obituary

Age 101, of Chandler, AZ, passed away July 26, 2013. He was born in Elmira, NY on April 28, 1912, the son of Benjamin Barcus and Esther Yudkovsky Barcus. He graduated from Elmira Free Academy (1930), from Bucknell University (1934) and earned a Master's Degree from Elmira College (1962). He achieved the rank of full Colonel in the U.S. Army, training at the General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth and was injured in the Pacific theater during the Second World War. Serving his country proudly, he remained in the Reserves after WWII. He met his beloved wife Nanette after her graduation from Vassar. He was the Director of Guidance and Classification at the Elmira Correctional Facility for 28 years. A born entrepreneur and investor, he also did commercial property management in Elmira. He was a lifelong congregant of Temple B'Nai Israel in Elmira and a member of Temple Emmanuel in Tempe, AZ. He taught Hebrew to a generation of students at the Temple and was a longtime member of the Cooley and Cashmere Grotto lodges. Rarely missing a Friday night, he was always well-dressed at Temple where he was known and loved by the congregation. He will be remembered most for his deep commitment to his parents, wife, children and grandchildren. He was interested in genealogy, family history, military history, baseball, and charitable giving. He supported many in need and did not hesitate to seek them out. A great writer, he enjoyed correspondences with many family and friends throughout the world. He loved the family home at 602 Foster Ave. that he resided in until his move to Arizona in 1999. The grounds maintenance was a passion of his, and he liked to carry vegetables from his garden to all the neighbors. The stock market was another passion, and he followed the daily Wall Street Journal and CNBC for all his investment news. In recent years he learned to use the computer. He outlived most of his contemporaries. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Nanette Chaitt Barcus; predeceased by his sister, Dorothy Barcus Lavine; survived by his three children, Steven (Diana) of Sanford, FL, Carolyn Boles (Donald, MD) of Tempe, AZ and Robert of Marietta, GA; two grandchildren, Donald Boles III of Tempe, AZ and Jennifer Boles of San Diego, CA; two nephews, Allen Lavine of Mequon, WI and Barry Lavine of Portland, OR; and three nieces, Barbara Murphy of Alexandria, VA, Sharon Chaitt of Bellevue, WA and Doreen Chaitt of Bethesda, MD. FUNERAL SERVICES WILL TAKE PLACE AT CONGREGATION KOL AMI IN ELMIRA, 1008 WEST WATER STREET, ELMIRA ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 2013, AT 11:00AM. Spiritual Leader Abraham Golos officiating. Burial to follow at the Temple B'Nai Cemetery on Franklin Street in Elmira with full military honors will be accorded by the U.S. Army. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Congregation Kol Ami. ARRANGEMENTS BY BAKER FAMILY FUNERAL HOME.


Published in Star-Gazette on Aug. 1, 2013
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