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WILLIAM R. SANFORD Bill passed away suddenly July 11, 2014 at home. Born in Moline, IL, October 2, 1938, raised in southern CA., he was 75 years young. His dad, Newell Henry Sanford, served in the Army during WWII and mom, Dora Lee worked along with other military wives. Bill and brother Bob (now deceased) lived on Guam during military life. He always shared stories of his time there and remembered vividly the voyage back to home base in Riverside. Bill attended University and Central Middle and graduated with class of 1956 from Riverside Poly High School. While attending RCC, he was called for military service where he was assigned to the Administrative Group for the 1st armoured division at Ft. Worth, Texas. His duties included custodian of highly-classified material at the height of the Cuban Crisis. After high school, Bill began his working career with Moist O'Matic, Inc., which later became the irrigation division of the Toro Company. Over his many years there he became the Materials Manager. When he left in 1981 he became an entrepreneur. He purchased and expanded Riverside Rubber Stamp. In 1984, Bill and an associate started a joint venture plastics and electronics mfg. company, naming it Hi-Rel Corp (Highly reliable). For nearly 25 years they provided employment for 50-100 people which Bill felt was his greatest accomplishment. The business and building was sold in 2008 and continues to flourish. So, now retirement? No! In 2009, he and his associate began another adventure; the manufacturing of low energy commercial lighting for which they had a patented design. On the day of Bill's passing, he was on the computer and the phone, finalizing a big order. Bill was not one to sit still. An avid tennis player, former golfer, bike rider, lover of sailing and skiing in earlier days, and most recent years, RVing and off-road jeep'n with great family and friends who nicknamed him "Red Chest Willy". Bill and loving wife Diane of nearly 50 years, married and skied in the Mammoth area. He leaves behind Diane; sons Timothy Wayne and Maston Gregory; two granddaughters, Daniele Lauren and Rylie Jennine Sanford (his pride and joy) who say "grandpa can fix anything" as he went off to repair bikes, broken sandals, sunglasses, etc. He also leaves nephew Doug; nieces Denise, Trina and Laurie, and their families. A Celebration of Life and Reception immediately following, will be held at the Elks Riverside Lodge #643, 6166 Brockton Ave., on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 3:00pm. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to in William's name.


Published in Press-Enterprise on July 30, 2014
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