February 11, 1914 ~ April 1, 2008
Nicholas 'John' Sandora, 94, a lifelong resident of Woodbridge, died April 1, 2008 in the Veteran's Hospital in West Haven, husband of Jayne Waronka Sandora, father of Shelley Sandora of East Haven, grandfather of Kyle Jones of Orange and brother of Margaret 'Marge' Krewsky formerly of Branford. He was predeceased by brothers, Edward, Charles, Harry, Francis, George and Theodore Sandora, sisters, Elvira 'Vee' Reczka, infant twin sisters, Lucia and Giulia, his first wife, Constance Lohnes Sandora and his step-daughter Janet Lynn Brown. John was born Feb. 11, 1914 in Woodbridge a son of the late Dominic and Sophia Doras Sandora. He served in the US Army as a Medical Technician during WW II in the Campaigns of Southern France and the Rhineland. He was the recipient of the Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart and Bronze Star for gallantry in action. He was wounded in action in France while picking up wounded soldiers from the battlefield. He was employed as a moulder and foreman by Sargent & Company in New Haven for 39 years. He raised, trained and raced horses. He grew up working on farms and always had a vegetable garden and was a hard working man who could fix anything. He recited poetry and loved to tell jokes and had many versions of The Night Before Christmas. He was well known for wearing his trademark cowboy hat. We would like to thank all the staff of the West Haven Veteran's Hospital for their help and support. We would also like to thank his personal nurse's aide Kathy for her patience and hard work. He was a member and past Commander of the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 4 of Derby. Also he was a fund raiser for the Leukemia Society and the veterans and was a volunteer fireman in Woodbridge for many years. Funeral service Saturday, April 5, 2008 at 11 a.m. at the First Church of Christ, 5 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge. Military Funeral at Milford Side Cemetery in Woodbridge. Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 4, c/o BEECHER & BENNETT-TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, 410 Campbell Ave., West Haven 06516.