March 24, 1928 – September 11, 2019
Amnon “Sandy” Sandler, died peacefully on September 11, 2019, in Houston at the age of 91. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Linda Sandler, and their daughter Melissa Brezner, and her husband Kevin, and their two children, Zoe and Noah Brezner. He is also survived by son Michael Sandler and his wife Rebecca, their daughter Sarah, and additional grandchildren Gregory Mandy and Elizabeth Mandy Greenwald.
“Sandy” was born on March 24, 1928 in what was then known as Herzliya, Palestine to Hyman and Ida Sandler. He is the youngest of 4 brothers and 1 sister. His parents were American, but his family moved there to explore new business opportunities. He traveled with his family back and forth to America until they eventually moved back to Baltimore. Anxious to earn money and continue exploration around the world, Sandy joined the US Merchant Marines as a radio operator. After his service, he spent the next 25 years back in Baltimore working for various retail furniture stores.
“Sandy” became his forever nickname with family, friends, and industry, because no one could remember, or pronounce Amnon.
A special moment in his life was when he met Linda. After years of courtship, which included dining, dancing, and flying her in his Cessna to the Bahamas, Florida, and Atlantic City, he convinced her that he was the one and only, They married in 1967.
In 1969, he was recruited for a job with the family owned Star Furniture as their Merchandise Manager in the bustling little town of Houston, Texas. He moved from Baltimore with Linda and 6 month old Melissa in tow, and started a successful career as a highly respected furniture executive. He truly enjoyed working every single day for the Wolff/ Toomim family who embraced Sandy, Linda, and Melissa as part of their family as well. After aiding in the expansion and development of what became a leading retailer in the industry, he retired as President in 1991. For several years after, he enjoyed consulting for national manufacturing brands and volunteered teaching leadership and entrepreneurial classes at area high schools. But, soon , he was once again ready to explore the world and enjoy life with Linda. His passion was to spend as much time with family, close friends, and enjoy every day to the fullest. He loved playing tennis, swimming, and lunching at The Houstonian and became a permanent fixture around the club.
He looked forward to the weekends because that meant time with his grandchildren who brought him so much joy. The regular Sunday visits were fondly referred to a Sundays with the Sandlers. Sandy was revered personally and professionally for his integrity and humility, and for his exceptional kindness. He was the first to extend a hand to shake and would accompany it with a mega- watt smile.. He had a calming, story- telling, and engaging voice, and when he spoke, it was always from the heart.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the American Heart Association, Memorial Hermann Hospital, or Congregation Beth Israel.
- Funeral Service Friday, September 13, 2019
September 12, 2019
It will always be a great memory of visiting and having dinner with Amnon and the family. He was the patriarch of a great family and truly a great guy. Eileen and I look forward to visiting in the future and remembering the good times with Amnon. He will be missed by many.
Ron and Eileen