Sanford Horwitz

Sanford R. Horwitz

Friday, September 27th, 1929 - Friday, September 6th, 2019
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Sanford R. Horwitz, loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend, passed away on September 6, 2019 surrounded by his family. He was 89.

Also known as Dad, Sandy, Poppa, Poppa Sandy and The Maven, he was born in Albany, one of three brothers, to Louis and Betty (Axelrod) Horwitz and went to Schuyler High School. After high school, Sanford worked for the Albany Times Union and met his Myra Bernzweig who later became his beloved wife (who predeceased him in 1989). Sanford is famous, among other things, for his words of wisdom such as, “If you put something in its place, you’ll always know where to find it.”

Sanford and Myra moved to Poughkeepsie where they were married in 1953, where Sanford took over his father-in-law’s Bert’s Floor Covering on Main Street following his service in Europe for the United States Army during the Korean War, and where they raised their three children, Lisa, Scott and Karen. Their fourth child, Stephen, died just before his fifth birthday. He served on the Board of Trustees of Temple Beth-El and the Jewish Community Center in Poughkeepsie, for which he was honored as Man of the Year in 1981.

Sanford’s hobbies were playing and watching golf, telling jokes, doing crossword puzzles, bowling and fixing absolutely everything, but he loved nothing more than his family. He was devoted to his wife, for whom he brought weekly roses, to his children, whom he modeled leading a loving and hard working life, to his seven grandchildren, whom he loved and also admired, and to his three beautiful great-granddaughters who made him smile the biggest smiles and served as the best medicine a man could have.

After Myra passed away, Sanford moved to Bedford Hills to be closer to his family.

Sanford is survived by his daughter, Lisa (and Mark) Schwartz of Bedford Hills, their children, Bari (and Matt) Greenfield and two granddaughters of New York City, Daniel (and Linda) Schwartz and one granddaughter of White Plains, his son, Scott (and Amy) Horwitz of Bedford Hills, their children Melissa (and Mitch) Drucker of New York City, Robbie Horwitz of New York City and Jake Horwitz of New York City, his daughter, Karen (and Bruce Sabath) of Katonah, their children Jeremy (and Kathryn) Sabath of Akron, Ohio and Michael Sabath of Los Angeles; his brothers Erwin (and Sheila) Horwitz of University Park, Florida and their two children and grandchildren, and Howard (and Cindy) Horwitz of The Villages, Florida and Howard’s two children and grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held in a private graveside service at Temple Beth-El Cemetary and shiva will be observed at Lisa’s home on Sunday, from 4-8pm with a service at 7pm, Monday, from 6-8pm with a service at 7pm and Tuesday from 6-8pm.

In his memory, the family is asking that those who wish to make donations be made to The Myra Horwitz Memorial Garden fund at Temple Beth-El, Pouhgkeepsie, NY or to the United State Holocaust Museum, DC. If you wish to send an online condolence please visit our website at
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    Temple Beth-El Cemetery
    Rt. 44
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Andrew Dahl

Posted at 05:30pm
Lisa, Scott and Karen,

My condolences on the loss of Sandy.

We are moving out of our home in Poughkeepsie after 45 years and just today I was going through some memorabilia parked deep within a filing cabinet and found your father's signature in my mother's memorial book from late 1990. In addition, there were a number of articles about Myra and my mother winning bridge tournaments. My mom truly adored your mother and was heartbroken when she passed away.

Your Dad was always engaging, witty and resolute, in addition to being the handsomest man in Poughkeepsie. I remember them both vividly both as friends and as my patients. The concern that they had for you, their children, was very evident when I removed that little brown thing from Scott's eye. Sanford was so proud of all your accomplishments and was delighted to spend the time after leaving Poughkeepsie to live closer to you. On the few occasions in the past decade that I saw him, he was more than eager to let me know what his grandchildren were all doing. He had good reason to take pleasure in being part of their lives.

Ziva joins me in our expression of sorrow. You lived on Hooker Avenue across the street from the house where she grew up. Time marches on and both those houses has changed hands a number of times. The memories live on and I know that your recollections of your father as parent, husband, grandfather, counselor, confidante and friend will always be with you.

Andrew Dahl

Barry and Ina Gutterman

Posted at 07:01pm
Sorry for your loss, may his memory forever be in your heart.
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Walter Behrman

Posted at 10:17pm
Our deepest sympathy to the whole Horwitz family. I worked in Arlington with Myra and knew Sanford because of her. Over the years we bought flooring at Bert's and also bought a car from them. They were both fantastic people and it was an honor to know them both. We hope that your fond memories of them both will be a source of comfort to you all. They are in our thoughts and prayers. Lois and Walter Behrman

Victor and Ellen Stern

Posted at 09:09pm
To the family of Sandy Horwitz we extend our heartfelt condolences on the death of your father, grandfather and great grandfather. We have known Sandy for more than 45 years. Victor served with Sandy on the Board of Temple Beth El and when Victor was a Vice President and then President Sandy always served with great distinction and thoughtful advice. He was always a gentlemen and was a man of his word. We always listened to his advice and thoughtful comments at the Board meetings and in committees as well. We will always remember him sitting in "his" seat in the last row and the first seat in that row at services for so many years during the High Holidays and Shabbat Services. He will truly be missed by all who knew him at TBE. May his memory be for a blessing to his family and to everyone who knew him.
Victor and Ellen Stern

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