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Obituary: Lee Sanderson

Lee Sanderson of Westminster, Vermont passed away suddenly on July 3, 2013. He was born in New York City on April 3, 1949, the son of Louise Breyer and Leo Sanderson. He attended school in Port Washington, and college at The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.

Lee followed in his father’s footsteps as an artist, creating Shaker style furniture for most of his career. Later in life he published editorial cartoons with the Brattleboro Reformer and many regional papers. Lee was a musician and singer for the band Django, which recorded and performed in the Netherlands for several years in the 1970’s. In his recent retirement, he took great pleasure landscaping his property in Westminster.

In 1976, he and his partner and later, wife, Connie Santoli Sanderson, moved to Vermont. There they raised their son, Todd.

Lee lived a rich and full life, and will be missed by everyone who came to know and love him.

He leaves his wife, Connie, beloved son Todd and daughter in law Bethany, and his cherished granddaughter, Audrey of Marlborough, Connecticut, as well as a sister, Kate, of California; and several aunts cousins, nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions in Lee’s name may be made to Kurn Hattin Homes for Children, PO Box 127, Westminster, VT 05158.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, July 13 at 2 p.m. at Fenton and Hennessy Funeral Home in Bellows Falls, Vermont.

News

Gould A. ‘Stretch’ Ryder III, accomplished sailor, pilot, businessman, civic leader, and steward of the beautiful waterfront of Port Washington, passed away Oct. 24 at The Amsterdam at Harborside Hospice Center in Port Washington.

Stretch, as he was known to all, was well known as part of the crew on Ted Turner’s “Courageous” when it won the America’s Cup in 1977. Turner stayed in touch and visited Stretch last week.

Stretch’s life was marked by numerous personal contributions and accomplishments.

Parents concerned about classroom sizes spoke up at the Port Washington Board of Education meeting, as the board passed an approval of the larger sizes.

Parents spoke of class sizes at the district’s elementary being in the mid 20s, an amount they felt compromised the quality of their children’s education.

“The board of education changed our children’s education for the worse,” said one mother of larger average class sizes the board had approved last year. The comment drew clapping from the audience.


Sports

The Port Washington Soccer Club has presented Schreiber High School graduate and captain of the Port Washington Blue Knights, Cameron Boroumand, with the annual $1,000 Joe Cohen Scholarship.

The award, which has been presented annually for over 10 years, was established by the Port Washington Soccer Club to honor Joseph Cohen, a gifted athlete who attended college on a soccer scholarship. He went on to achieve outstanding success, first academically, and then in his professional life.  He gave his time fully and with great heart to innumerable charitable endeavors.

The tough and talented Port Washington volleyball team defeated Hicksville at an away game this past Friday in all three sets.

With strong returning players who also play on club teams year round, the Port Washington team plays with a certain level of chemistry. Megan Murphy and Kelly Nardone led the way with 12 assists and Mia Walker had six kills.


Calendar

Schreiber Symphony Orchestra - November 6

Port Summer Show - November 6

Residents For A More Beautiful Port Washington Meeting - November 7


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