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February 14, 2014

Homer J. Sands

Homer J. Sands

SMYRNA — Homer J. Sands, 88, most recently of Smyrna, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at the Villages in Summerfield, Fla., where he had wintered for numerous years.

Born on May 24, 1925, in Nineveh, Homer was the son of Orin A. and Mildred Hawkins Sands. 

He graduated from Afton High School with the Class of 1943. While at Afton, Homer played sports, including football and basketball. 

Following graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy to serve his country in World War II from November of 1943 until his honorable discharge in May of 1946. 

Homer returned home and enrolled at Cornell University to earn his bachelor’s degree. 

An avid drummer, Homer played drums in a dance band while in high school and also played for the Cornell marching band while attending college. He graduated from Cornell with the Class of 1951 and took a job with Farm Credit in Springfield, Mass. 

In 1953, Homer transferred to the Norwich office where he worked until Feb. 1, 1957. He then began his lengthy career with the National Bank and Trust Company, from which he retired on July 1, 1987, as a vice president. After retiring from NBT, he worked for 10 years at I.L. Richer as credit manager. 

Homer was also an instructor at SUNY Morrisville and was chairman of the Morrisville College Foundation from 1994 to 1998. 

He was a member of the United Church of Christ First Congregational Church for 60 years and served on the Norwich school board, Delaware Otsego Railroad board of directors and with the Salvation Army. He also served as Town of Plymouth assessor for a time and as a member of the Plymouth Volunteer Fire Department.

In December of 1947, Homer married Marjorie Wayman of Afton. They had two children, Linda and Larry. 

Following his graduation from Cornell, they moved to Springfield, Mass., where they lived until returning to Norwich in 1953. 

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