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Alexander Duncan "Sandy" Read

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Alexander Duncan Read 1928-2009 MANCHESTER, VT. Thursday, October 29th, Alexander "Sandy" Read died happily at The Equinox Terrace in Manchester, Vermont. Sandy enjoyed the whole thing, starting with his birth in Boston in 1928. One of nine children of Vice Admiral William A. Read USNR and Edith Fabyan Read, he grew up in Purchase, N.Y., attended The Browning School in New York City, and graduated from St. Pauls's and Yale, majoring in Hockey. After a few weeks of active duty in the United States Marine Corps, he spent 18 years as a member of the New York Stock Exchange, eight with DeCoppet and Doremus and ten as a partner in Spear, Leeds and Kellogg. During this time, he played hockey on the side for the St. Nicks and Beaver Dam teams. He retired in 1971 and moved to Peru, Vt. full time from Mill Neck, N.Y., with his wife Signa Lynch, whom he married in 1950. There he raised sheep, drew cartoons, and was a serious hunter and fisherman. He continued his interest in hockey as a part owner of The Buffalo Sabres and coaching the Brattleboro squirt team for several years. He took an active interest in politics and served Winhall as a Grand Juror, planner and selectman. After his divorce in 1986, he moved to Landgrove and then East Dorset, where he continued cartooning with his second wife, Patricia Wood Read, who predeceased him in 2005. He perpetuated his political career in Dorset by serving as a selectman for a number of years. In 2007, he remarried his first wife, Signa Lynch Read, who survives him. He is also survived by four of his seven brothers, Peter B. Read of Jaffrey, N.H., Donald, B. Read of Old Lyme, Conn., William A. Read Jr. of Palm Beach, Fla., Frederick H. Read of Malibu, Calif.; his sister, Jean R. Knox of Williamsville, N.Y. and his children, Sandra Read of Dorset, Vt., Susan Read Cronin, of Manchester, Vt., and Stewart W. Read of Bellows Falls, Vt.; two step-daughters, Marci MacNeur of Manchester, Vt. and Mindy Schwartz of Silver Springs, Md.;, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren, as well as a large assortment of nieces and nephews, distributed nationally. He was a member of a whole pile of fancy clubs, where he drank copiously, and at his death was still a member of The Brook in New York City, and Mory's and Delta Kappa Epsilon at Yale. He was the author and illustrator of several books, including The Bear with the Orvis Rod and was a scrimshawer of note, with over three hundred pieces of work. His cartoons are found all over the world, and he will be remembered for his humor and his favorite saying, "There's a buck in every disaster!" Following his cremation, his ashes will be hauled to his favorite places. There will be no service at his request. "Bear" says goodbye to all. To send personal e-mail condolences to the family please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com. The family has entrusted arrangements to the care of Brewster Funeral Services, Manchester, VT.
Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 31, 2009
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