William 'Bill' Henry Sanford Jr.
Sept. 27, 1932 - March 15, 2014
Bill Sanford passed away peacefully at his home Saturday, March 15, 2014. He will reunite with the love of his life June Sanford, who went home to the lord March 5, 2013. Friends of Bill will remember him for his friendly smile and gregarious personality. He was also known in Woodland as "The Ice Cream Man" for his 40 years operating a successful ice cream truck business. He leaves many happy memories of his orange and white trucks traveling the streets of Woodland, calling to loyal customers with Brahms Lullaby.
Bill was born Sept. 27, 1932 in Bath, Maine, to William Henry Sanford Sr. and Hazel Sanford (Martin). He was a twin brother to Donald Sanford who continues to live in their home town (Bath). His family operated many businesses at their farm including dairy cows, snow plow and firewood hauling. Bill entered the Air Force in January 1951. He was first stationed at Juneau, Alaska, and then Beale Air Force Base, where he met his wife June.
After living in Marysville for a few years, Bill began a career with Spreckels Sugar in 1958. The family with two children, Randy and Robin, settled in Woodland. It speaks highly of Bill's hard working nature that he was awarded a position promotion on his first day employed with Spreckels. He went on to retire from Spreckels as a shift superintendent in 1988. In retirement Bill and June enjoyed traveling, camping and boating with family and friends. They also continued to operate the ice cream truck business that they started in 1968. They even ran the business during a 12-year relocation to Bangor, where they built a home in the hills and were very happy in their secluded oasis.
The couple returned to Woodland in 2003 to be closer to family and Bill resumed driving the ice cream truck until 2013. Selling ice cream became a passion for him, meeting and interacting with his friends and customers was not easy for him to give up. All who knew this unforgettable man were drawn to his friendly smile and humor. He was a friend to everyone and will be missed.
Bill is survived by son Randall Sanford, daughter Robin Shumaker (Jamie Braton), granddaughter Jamie Graciano (Alex) and great-grandson Nicolas Graciano. He is also survived by his twin brother Donald Sanford (Rowena), and extended family in Maine, and many of June's extended family. Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, June Geraldine Sanford (Kanada); sisters Dorothy Sanford and Marian Calvert; and brother Norman Sanford.
We will be honoring "Grandpa Bill" with a graveside service at 2 p.m., Tuesday March 25, at Monument Hill Memorial Park, 35036 CR-22, Woodland. A celebration of life will be held for family members after the funeral. Donations in Bill's name can be made to the Yolo SPCA.
Published in Daily Democrat from Mar. 22 to Apr. 12, 2014