FR3 William Lawrence Sanford

SANFORD, Wilfred Lawrence - 81, Clementsvale, passed away peacefully Tuesday, October 4, 2005, in Annapolis Royal Nursing Home, with his family by his side. He had battled Lewy Body Dementia for the past four and a half years. Born in Clementsvale, he was a son of the late Genos and Ida Sanford. He joined the army in 1940 and served overseas with the 5th Light Antiaircraft Regiment in various locations throughout Europe. After his discharge in 1945 he went to veteran's school in Pictou. He was employed for 31 years with the Department of National Defence at the Cornwallis Fire Department. He was a past president of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 122 in Clementsport. During his younger years, he played hockey for the Annapolis Tigers and baseball for the the Bear River Blue Sox. He was a member of the 1952 Blue Sox team that won the Maritime Intermediate Championship. The highlight of his hockey career came on April 2, 1952, when he, along with his brothers Clyde and Ted, played on a valley all star team that played the Chicago Black Hawks. He helped coach minor hockey teams at Cornwallis and baseball teams in Clementsvale. After his retirement he enjoyed riding his motorbike, playing his guitar and feeding the Canada Geese at the family pond. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Asaphene Hazelton; daughters, Jacqueline, Brighton; Cathy (Laurie Davison), Texada Island, B.C.; son, Greg (Danna), Saint John, N.B.; grandchildren, Lauren, Britt, and Rachel; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Doris Hayes; brothers, Clyde, Harold, and Gerald "Ted". No visitation by request. Cremation has taken place under the care and direction of Kaulbach Family Funeral Home, Annapolis Royal. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Clementsvale Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. George Allen and Lic. Herb Anderson officiating. Interment will be in Clementsvale Cemetery. A reception will follow in the church hall. Family flowers only. Donations in memory may be made to a charity of one's choice. E-mail condolences may be sent to: KAULBACHFH@ns.aliantzinc.ca

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