DOVER-FOXCROFT - Albert G. Sands, husband of Flora M. (Bolduc) Sands, passed away peacefully Feb. 3, 2013 surrounded by family at Hibbard Nursing Home. Albert and Flora have been married for 67 years. Albert was born Sept. 20, 1924, in Dover-Foxcroft to Albert G and Elizabeth (Graves) Sands.
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Albert was well known in Dover-Foxcroft as a hard working and honest man. He worked at Guilford Woolen Mill for 13 years and Dexter Shoe Co. as a hand sewer. He also worked for the Town of Dover-Foxcroft for 16 plus years, where he was in charge of cemeteries, parks, skating rinks and was very involved in the new Waste Water Treatment Plant layout and in later years worked at the facility. Albert loved the outdoors, whether he was making ice or locating manholes around town. He always had the people he worked for on the top of his list. He had a great passion for metal detecting and panning gold. He was always in search for the lost treasure, whether it be inches below his feet or at the bottom of the babbling stream. Albert was a very talented artist and loved camping. He enjoyed being with his family, spending many memorable times at Sebec Lake and many other areas around Maine.
Albert is survived by his loving wife, Flora of 67 years, who cared for him in their home as his health declined in his later years. He is also survived by two daughters, Donna who resides at Hibbard Nursing Home and Diane and husband, Tim, of Dover-Foxcroft; four sons, Roger and wife, Lois, of Florida, Thomas and his wife, Catherine, of Dover-Foxcroft, Joseph and wife, Connie, of Dover-Foxcroft and James and his wife, Lori, of Dover-Foxcroft. He has 13 grandchildren, Kim, Michael, Jim, Amber, Seth, Josh, Wesley, Harmony, Jason, Jaime, Jillian, Garrett and Kylie. He also has 11 great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank the staff at Mayo Regional Hospital and Hibbard Nursing Home for their loving and compassionate care for Albert during his stay.
A celebration of Albert's life will be held 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at his home, 10 Grange St., Dover-Foxcroft, for family and close friends. Anyone who would like to make donations in Albert's name may do so to the Kawanis Club, P.O. Box 615, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426, Attention: Bob Moore. One of Albert's favorite poems that has been passed down through the generations and often recited by Albert himself is as follows:
"Out of the country covered with dust
Came an old ford covered with rust
The fenders were bent the tires were worn
The windshield broken and the top was torn
With plenty of rattles and lots of speed
She moves along at the drivers heed
Then coughs, sputters, hacks and hams
Then stops dead still while the driver damns
Out of the seat the driver jumps out of
The seat with a thousand bumps
Catches the crank turns it around
The fliver starts with a mighty bound
Over the hills and out of sight on she
Goes day and night
Back to the country covered with dust
Go she may but rattle she must!"
Published in BDN Maine on Feb. 6, 2013