AMHERST- Farrell "Rick" Sanborn, 85, of Florence, died Thursday, June 28, 2012, in the Fisher House in Amherst. He was born Dec 31, 1926, in Keene, N.H. the son of Frederick and Leda Howard Sanborn. He was educated in Keene Public Schools.
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He enlisted in the US Marine Corp when he was 17 years old, serving in WWII in the Asiatic Pacific Area from November 1944 until May 1946. He served in the 4th Marine Division and took part in action against the enemy at Iwo Jima.
He was a member of the Oak Ridge Marine Detachment based in New Hampshire, The St. Philips Episcopal Church in Easthampton, and a former member of the Masonic and Elks in Orange.
Rick was employed as a salesman for different products, retiring in 1996 from United Window and Siding Co. in New Hampshire.
He enjoyed vacations in Maine and boating and he was devoted to his family and many grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Christine Fondakowski Sanborn; two sons, Wayne Sanborn and his wife Jean of Westminster and Kyle Sanborn and his wife Judy of Brookfield, Conn.; three daughters, Debra Mazzio and her husband Andrew of East Quogue, L.I., N.Y., Sherry Sanborn of Haydenville and Leanne Royal and her husband David of Orange; a son-in-law, Brian Driscoll and Tina of Florence; one sister, Geneva Carter of Westminster; ten grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a grandson, John Walter Hanff III, and one daughter, Sandy Driscoll.
A military funeral will be held July 3 at 1 p.m. in the St. Philips Episcopal Church followed by burial in Brookside Cemetery, all of Easthampton. Friends may call at the Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 Park Street, Easthampton, on Monday July 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be given to the Hospice of the Fisher Home, 1165 N. Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002 or to the Dakin Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 6307, Springfield, MA 01101.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on June 30, 2012