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John E. Sands

Beloved husband, father, grandfather and Deacon, John, age 78, passed away peacefully on September 10, 2021 surrounded by his five children and loving wife of 57 years, Gail. A wake will be held at Hess Miller Funeral Home 6419 Metropolitan Ave Middle Village, NY 11379 Monday September 13, 2-9pm. A funeral mass will take place at St. Matthias RC Church 58-15 Catalpa Avenue Ridgewood NY 11385. September 14, 10:30am
John was ordained in the first class to the Permanent Diaconate By Bishop Mugavero on December 3, 1977. John proudly served as Deacon for 44 years, serving the needs of the poor and underserved in our community as a true follower. He encouraged all he met to be loving, kind and generous people. His smile was infectious and an example of his deep understanding of his mission to follow Jesus.
Married to his loving wife Gail for 57 years, true companions on the journey, they spent their married life serving others.
Proud of his five children, Julie (Ralph), Mary (Ronnie), Ellen, David (Lisa) and John.
Delighted by grandchildren Kristen, Chelsea, Jimmy, Samantha, Elizabeth, Olivia, Cole, Joshua and Kassidy.
Much loved uncle to many nieces and nephews and treasured brother in law to Gail’s sisters.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hope House Ministries 1 High Street Port Jefferson NY 11777.
Please take every opportunity offered you to serve the needs of our homeless brothers and sisters following the example of John’s life and a tribute to him.

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