Ralph Owen Sands, of Homosassa, Fla., passed away May 5, 2012, joining his daughter Trina for eternity.
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He retired from the FAA after serving 31 years as an air traffic control specialist at the Miami FAA Center. He was an avid enthusiast of aviation, nature and sports, especially fishing and baseball.
He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years Ann; son Troy (wife Shana); brother Larry (wife Rene); grandchildren Evette, Crystal, Tommie, Annelise and Samantha; brothers-in-law Peter Montana (wife Denise), Martin Montana (wife Terri); and countless family and friends who will always remember him as a gentle soul who welcomed everyone with a loving smile. Family and close friends will have a celebration of Ralph's life on June 16 in Tampa. Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made in his memory to the The Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park Inc., 4150 S. Suncoast Blvd, Homosassa, FL 34446-1168.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on May 9, 2012