SARATOGA SPRINGS - Edward S. Saxton, 90, passed away Monday, July 1, 2013, at home with his loving wife, Sandra Shoemaker Saxton, at his side.
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Edward was born April 26, 1923, in Jersey City, N.J. He was the son of the late Lester and Henrietta Barth Saxton.
He lived in various places in New Jersey and attended Jersey City High School, leaving at 16 to join the U.S. Marines. He served his country from 1939 to 1948 in China, Cuba, Guadalcanal and finally on islands in the South Pacific during World War II. He was wounded and received two Purple Hearts.
After the war, he attended Cornell University, where he received a master's degree in labor management. Returning to New York City, he worked in the printing industry, finally becoming the owner/operator of Program Printing, which did all the programs and other printed material for New York Racing Association. He worked in this field for 32 years.
He was an excellent handicapper and after retirement continued to pursue his interest in horses.
He married Sandra on April 21, 1981, and they lived in Staten Island and Queens before retiring to Saratoga Springs. They were married 32 years and shared many happy, loving times together.
He became a gourmet cook, coin collector and wood carver and grew roses. He became known for his unique jams and as the muffin man. He loved the opera and ballet and, above all, the New York Yankees.
Edward is survived by his wife, Sandra, and two daughters, Valerie Rothschild (Stephen) and Maria Saxton. He also leaves behind three grandchildren, Kim DeFrances (Michael), Stephen Rothschild (Meredith) and Matthew Rothschild (Jackie); and four great-grandchildren, Michael DeFrances, Matthew DeFrances, Abbey Rothschild and Jack Rothschild.
His extended family includes his sister-in-law and good friend, Mary Shoemaker; his niece, Christina; his great-nieces, Katlynn and Alexis Lefebvre; and a host of wonderful friends.
A memorial service will be held for Edward at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2013, at Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church UCC Church, 24 Circular St., Saratoga Springs.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saratoga Springs Hospice, to Eddy Visiting Nurse Association or to a
To express online condolences or to view the obituary online, go to www.compassionatefuneralcare.com.
Published in The Saratogian on July 11, 2013