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William Sanford
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Private services will be held at a later date for William Sanford, 87, of Ceres. He died Feb. 2, 2010

Born Sept. 5, 1922 in Newark, N.J., Bill served in the military during World War II and settled in the Bay area where he lived from 1945 to 1985. He made Ceres his home since 1985. In 1955 he opened Sanford's Coffee Shop, the first of seven independent coffee shops in the Bay area. Mr. Sanford was president of the San Mateo County Restaurant and Tavern Association from 1958-59. He also was a boxing manager for over 15 years, and managed world class boxers that included Jimmy Lester and Nate Collins. An avid golfer, Bill also enjoyed gardening his entire life. He worked for five years at the Ceres Walmart as a greeter.

He is survived by his children, Gary Sanford of Calgary, Canada, Trudy Brereton of Truckee, Stephanie Mahan of Lafayette, Carole Caracol of Ceres, Billie Jean Cudney of Dallas, Ore., and Sharon Yassin of Castro Valley; two brothers, John Sanford of Westport, Conn., and Peter Sanford of Lonsdale, Ark.; two sisters, Rosemary Ambrose of Santa Barbara, and Theresa Brady of Eureka; and 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Helen Sanford.

Remembrances may be sent to Community Hospice, Inc., 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356-9259.

-Ceres Courier /February 17, 2010