Sanford "Sandy" Kaye

Aug 20, 1923 - Feb 06, 2021

Sanford "Sandy" Kaye

August 20, 1923 - February 06, 2021


Sanford "Sandy" Kaye, 97, passed away February 6, 2021 in Phoenix, AZ. Sanford was born in 1923 to Maurice Kaye (Kaminsky) and Jeanne Kaye (Sklar) in New York City, NY. He served in the army during WWII stationed in France, Belgium, and Germany. After the war, Sanford studied music composition at New York City College of Music. He married the love of his life, Ruth Shapiro, in 1948. Sanford was a gifted and inspired composer of songs and musicals, in which his clever sense of humor was evident. Upon moving to Arizona in 1958, he founded the Phoenix Chapter of the American Recorder Society and taught piano and recorder to private students as well as to classes at ASU. Sanford worked for Imperial Lithographers for 31 years, both as head of the Camera Dept. and, for several years, as their Motorola sales representative. Two of Sanford's most memorable musicals were "Look Up", performed at Phoenix's Circle 16 Theatre in 1963, and "Get That Vote", co-written with Lowell Rodgers in 1968. Sanford was an avid tennis player most of his life and also enjoyed a good game of chess. Sanford was preceded in death by his brother Lawrence Kaye. Sanford is survived by his wife Ruth Kaye, son Bill (Josephina) Kaye, son Scott (Renee) Kaye, daughter Janis (Walt) Lundy, and numerous grandchildren. He was a wonderful and devoted husband, father, and grandfather, and he will be dearly missed. Limited attendance graveside services were held at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona on February 11, 2021.


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