KENNEBUNK, MAINE - Edward John Sanson, 88, of Flat Rock, NC, and Kennebunk, ME, died Thursday, June 20, 2013 at Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford, ME. He was born in Springfield, MA on May 31, 1925, a son of Henry E. Sanson and Mae (LaNoce) Sanson. He grew up in Manhasset, N.Y. and graduated from New Hampton School. He attended Slippery Rock College until being drafted into the Army, where he served as a Staff Sergeant in the Army Air Force during World War II
After the war, with his father and two brothers, he helped start the family business, Henry E. Sanson and Sons, which manufactured specialty oils and chemicals for the metalworking industry.
Following his retirement he and his wife moved to Flat Rock, N.C. while continuing to spend summers in Kennebunk Beach, Maine. Ed was a talented athlete, excelling in sports during his school days. He enjoyed playing golf and tennis well into his 80s. His sense of humor and zest for life never wavered. Ed was a devoted husband, father, stepfather and grandfather. He loved travel, the Red Sox, the Eagles and vintage cars.
Ed was predeceased by his first wife, Elizabeth Sanson, his older brother, Henry E. Sanson, III and granddaughter, Whitney Sanson Sherman.
He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Linda Sanson; his son, Edward John Sanson, Jr. and wife, Suzanne, of Solebury, Pa.; two daughters, Robin Sanson of Old Saybrook, Conn., Patricia Sanson of Rocky Hill, N.J.; two stepdaughters, Nicole Lajoie of Raymond, ME, Kristen Dandani and husband, Dan, of Melrose, Mass.; brother, Robert E. Sanson of Naples, Fla. and 11 adoring grandchildren, Matthew, Emily, Christopher, Alexandra, Jonathan, Maegan, Parker, Ryan, Connor, William and Lillian; and his beloved dog Ali.
Services will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Wilton, Conn. Should friends choose, memorial donations may be made in his memory to: Whitney Sherman Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 121, Old Saybrook, CT 06475.