Carlton E. Sanford

Date of Passing:

March 25, 2019

Sanford, Carlton E., 91, of Estrelle Drive, Riverside, died on March 25, 2019. He was the beloved husband of the late Cecile (Lessard) Sanford.

Born in Westport, MA, a son of the late Carlton L. and Alice E. (Lawton) Sanford, he lived in Riverside for 66 years.

Mr. Sanford was a Design Engineer Supervisor for Texas Instruments for 32 years before retiring in 1990.

Carlton was a graduate of Roger Williams College Class of 1975.

Mr. Sanford was a United States Coast Guard Veteran serving during WII. He was a member of the Narragansett Bay Power Squadron.

He is survived by a daughter, Patricia A. Blethen of Bangor, Maine; a son, Marc. T. Sanford of Portsmouth; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Eunice Chase.

His Funeral will be held on Monday April 1, 2019 from the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 8:45 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Brendan Church, Turner Avenue, Riverside at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Calling hours are Sunday from 3-6 p.m. Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Carlton’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association of Rhode Island, 245 Waterman Avenue, Suite 306, Providence, RI, 02906 would be deeply appreciated.

Online Condolences


  1. Marc and family,

    On behalf of myself and the entire Class of EPHS 1979, our condolences and sympathies go out to you all. May dad rest in peace.

  2. Such a wonderful man with a sweet soul. I got to know him when Pat talked he and her mom into volunteering for the Riverside SHARE program. My thoughts and prayers go out to Pat, Dan, Ben and Sarah and the rest of the family. He will be missed.

  3. So sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. I knew him only from work at Texas Instruments and he was a great mentor to have as a young engineer. He developed many of us to become professionals as he was and we will never forget his passion.

  4. My deepest condolences! My heart aches for the family! ❤️

  5. I love uncle Carl! Sorry about the times when Marc and I snuck down into the cellar and played with your power tools when we weren’t supposed to. But it was fun, thanks! I love you cousins Marc and Patty. Sorry for your loss, also remembering my auntie Cecile.
    Sincerely your cousin,
    Paul Jean

  6. Prayers for the family!

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