Sanford "Sandy" Schwartz

October 14, 1922March 18, 2014

Sanford “Sandy” Schwartz, 91, of Athens, GA (formerly of Winder) died Tuesday, March 18, peacefully at home.

Sandy is survived by his wife of 72 years, Florence Casper Schwartz, and two sons, Dale (Susan) and Ron (Andree Kosak); daughter-in-law, Helene Schwartz; grandchildren, Lori (Allan) Peljovich, Leslye (Robert) Goldberg, Laine (Greg) Posel, Ryan Schwartz and Daryn Schwartz; and nine great-grandchildren.

Sandy was born on October 14, 1922 in The Bronx, NY to the late Rose and Louis Schwartz. He is predeceased by his sister, Nora Schwartz Reiner.

After graduating from DeWitt Clinton High School, Sandy went on to a successful business and civic career. He was owner of Peskin’s Department Store in Winder and Sanford and Son in Athens where he clothed generations of area families, including outfitting Herschel Walker in a custom-tailored tuxedo for his Heisman ceremony. He was also well known as the Maitre D’ at his son Ron’s restaurant, Trumps.

Sandy was a true civic leader, holding positions with the Elks Club, Winder Rotary Club, Barrow County Democratic Party, Barrow County Chamber of Commerce, and Winder Library Board. He was also President of Congregation Children of Israel in Athens, where he was a member for almost 60 years. However, he was most proud of his work with the Barrow Regional Medical Center Auxiliary and the American Red Cross, where he volunteered countless hours helping many patients and families.

Poppie Sandy was an incredible grandfather to his 5 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He taught them lessons of love for family and friends, staying in touch with those you care about, loyalty and standing up for your fellow man. His grandchildren fondly remember brightly colored blazers, typewritten letters, m&m’s, Lifesavers, big Cadillacs, the New York Yankees (and the Braves), pigtails, Dumbo stories, “gruzzies” and kisses on both cheeks.

He will be missed by all who knew him.

Contributions in memory of Sandy may be made to the Schwartz Symposium Fund at Congregation Children of Israel.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 20, at 1:30 pm at Congregation Children of Israel.

Online condolences may be offered at

Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, March 20, 2014

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Barbara Redman

March 8, 2015

Ron, we only now learned of his death. We remember him well from our early years in Athens. Our sincere condolences for your family's loss.

March 29, 2014

We offer our condolences to you and your family and am sorry for your loss.
Richard Russell III and Pat Randolph Russell, Winder, Georgia

Helen London

March 25, 2014

I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I wish I had known your Father. His generation made a huge contribution to our lives. Helen London

Cynthia Lay

March 25, 2014

I offer my deepest sympathy, prayers and love to the extended Schwartz Family. I have wonderful memories buying clothes in Peskins Department Store. Mr and Mrs Schwartz dress four generations of my family members. Our Great Grandparents, Grandparents and Parents purchase all of our clothing from Peskins. Mr and Mrs Schwartz pick out my first college ( Homcoming ) suit and had it mail to Tuskeege University so it would arrive on time. As a African American they were the most wonderful people I ever none. As a young girl I did realize all stores were not intergrated until my grandmother explained that's why we always shop at Peskins. I had some of the best designer clothes in the United States. I still only were Hanes hosiery that was the only kind Peskins sold. My Mom in her retirement years ran into Mr. Schwartz and he convince her into volunteering at ( Winder hospital). I just wanted to express my love to a family that never saw ( color of anyone's race ) but just genuine love. Thanks for clothing Mrs. Mary P. Moon, Grace M. Lay, Johnnie Lay Burks, Grace Lay Ragland, Mary Alice Lay, Cynthia J. Lay, Candle Lay Ragland, Petula Lay Burks, Dave Lay Ragland.

Sara and Carl Glickman

March 25, 2014

Our condolences to you, Ron, your mother and your family, on the loss of your fine father--a very special man who will be greatly missed by so many in our community. I first met Sandy in 1979 as proprietor of Sandford and Son, two doors down from my (short lived) Serendipity ice cream parlor. No day was complete without his checking in, guiding me in my first (and only) business venture, and catching us up on the latest news on College Ave. Only later would we learn, and even more from a recent article, of Sandy's deep involvement with both communities--Winder and Athens--and in causes of social justice. I knew him as Sandy, a suave and savvy friend of small business owners on our block, and who's store attracted the coolest customers in town.
Our love and sympathy to you all,
Sara and Carl Glickman


March 23, 2014

Please accept my sympathy,seldom can we find the words to console the pain,so I encourage you to read Isaiah25:8

Shirlee (Grizzle) Kinsey-Evans

March 22, 2014

Florence, Ronnie, and family,

I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I know he will be greatly missed by you all and by many friends.

Michael Powell

March 22, 2014

I was very sad to learn of Mr. Schwartz's passing after reading the wonderful article in the Banner-Herald today. What a tremendous legacy of courage, compassion, and service he leaves behind. Having first met him when he was in his 70's, I was always inspired by his positive energy and his love for people—something I will never forget. My deepest sympathies to his wife and family.

Renarda Winder

March 22, 2014

I had the honor of meeting and chatting with Mr. Schwartz when I transported him at Armc. I really enjoyed his stories in the short time I was in his presence. My prayers go out to the family God Bless you all.

Scott Patrick

March 22, 2014

I offer my sympathy, prayers, and love to the extended Schwartz family. I have so many memories of coming in to Peskins in Winder in my youth. I always knew that my family and I would be treated with the greatest respect and offered the highest degree of service as we sought needed and/or desired items. I purchased my one and only leisure suit there! It was mint green and absolutely "groovy"! I wanted platform shoes to go with it but the Peskins staff members who were helping me and my mother, saw my mother's reaction to my request and very skillfully and diplomatically suggested that a more conservative pair of shoes would look so much nicer for a handsome young man of my age. I left quite happy! (These years later, I feel quite blessed that there are no platform shoes in my past because certainly there would also be pictures of me wearing them. Still, there was that leisure suit!) Each member of the Schwartz family also extended their blessings and gifts for their benefit of our community. Winder and other surrounding communities (Athens) have been quite blessed to have the Schwartz with us. Mr. Schwartz was the patriarch of and to a wonderful family and he modeled what it is to have lived well. In so doing, he made our corner of the world a better place in which to live. We should all pay attention to such and emulate this in our own lives.
Above all, I remember the respect and love that the Schwartz extended to all. In our rather homogeneous community of Winder so many may not have realized how loving it was when they, these dear people, wished us a "Merry Christmas" and so often were wished the same. In true character the Schwartz smiled and responded, "Thank you so much! Merry Christmas to you too!"
To the Schwartz family I say now, upon learning of your beloved Mr. Sandy Schwartz' death:
Hamakom yenacham etchem b'toch she'ar avelai Tziyon Viyerushalayim. (May God comfort you among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.)

Again, my love and prayers,

Scott Patrick and the extended Patrick Family
Sara Patrick, Nancy P. Flanagan, Sherry P. Crowder, Kathy P. Bridgefarmer, and Gaye P. Farmer