Warner Carmichael Sanford
Warner "Sandy" Carmichael Sanford, born on April 26, 1938 in Tallahassee, Florida passed away on August 6, 2014 at his home in Tallahassee following a lengthy illness. After receiving his diploma from Quincy High School in 1956, he attended and graduated from Florida State University in 1960 with a Bachelor's degree in Business/Marketing.He worked for Thom Mcan Shoes in Huntsville and Montgomery, Alabama, after several months of training in NYC. He went on active duty in the U.S. Army in 1961, finishing his service in the Reserves.He later moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he eventually joined Liberty Mutual Insurance as an underwriter. While in Atlanta he said he met "the love of his life," his future bride Patricia "Pat" Day. They married in September, 1963, and returned to Tallahassee where he worked for Pioneer Underwriters. In June, 1965 he accepted a position with the Florida Department of Labor and Employment Security, where he retired after 32 years.
Sandy and Pat joined Piedmont Park Alliance Church in 1976 and were devoted members where Sandy held almost every elected office in the church and volunteered for numerous ministries. He proclaimed that "serving my Lord Jesus Christ is the most satisfying of all life's activities." Sandy and Pat were leaders of the Saints Alive Fellowship and they conducted many activities for seniors in the church.He was also a member of the Easter Walk-about Spring pageant for many years.
Sandy and Pat traveled throughout the United States, visiting Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and other western states they loved with their boys while they were at home. Afterwards as empty nesters, they continued their love of travel to visit nearly all fifty States, including Alaska, and Canada.They enjoyed an 18 day tour through England, Ireland, and Scotland and visited the ancestral Carmichael Castle in Scotland. Sandy was an avid outdoorsman, excellent saltwater and fly-fisherman, traveling with his wife to fish in his favorite rivers and beaches using flies he made by hand.
He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Patricia "Pat" Day Sanford; sons Matthew and Jonathan, and daughter-in-law Heike. Also his four grandchildren: Sarah Meike, Giselle, Julian, and Katja Sanford.
The family would like to express heartfelt thanks for the loving care provided by Big Bend Hospice during his final days, and would appreciate any donations made in his memory.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at Piedmont Park Alliance Church.
Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Aug. 9, 2014