November 4, 1922 – February 3, 2021
A memorial service for Charles M. Sandwith, age 98 of Utica and formerly of Ogdensburg will be held in the spring at a time to be determined at the First Presbyterian Church in Ogdensburg. Entombment will follow at Foxwood Memorial Park. Mr. Sandwith passed away on Wednesday (February 3, 2021) at the St. Elizabeth Hospital in Utica.
Surviving are two daughters Vicki (Edward) Washburn of Plattsburgh and Mary Beth (John) Demers of Ogdensburg; grandchildren Christopher (Megan) Washburn, Jennifer Washburn & her fiancee’ Benjamin Scofield, Jonathan (Shanna) Demers and Todd (Megan) Demers; great-grandchildren Andrew, Dylan, Natalie & Easton Demers; a brother Jack Sandwith of Slater, MO and a sister Mary Ann Root of South Bend, IN.
Charlie was predeceased by his wife Natalie in 2009 and two brothers Alfred & Carl Sandwith.
He was born on November 4, 1922 in Pittsburg KS, a son of the late Alfred & Mary Sandwith. He graduated from Parsons Kansas High School and continued his education at Parsons Community College where he received an associate’s degree in civil engineering. He entered the United States Marine Corp in 1943 and was married to Natalie L. Willis his high school sweetheart on February 25, 1944. He later received his honorable discharge on February 22, 1947.
He first went to work for Peter Kiewit Company on several projects involving dam construction, that later brought him to the St. Lawrence Seaway. In 1958 he went to work as a road construction engineer for McConville Inc., until 1972, when he then became the Village of Potsdam Administrator. In 1977 he returned to road construction, and went to work for Barrett Construction in Utica until his retirement.
Charlie was also a faithful servant to the First Presbyterian Church throughout his life, and loved spending time with his family. Memorial contributions can be made to First Presbyterian Church, 423 Ford Street, Ogdensburg, NY 13669. Condolences and fond memories can also be shared at www.foxandmurrayfuneralhome.com.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
March 3, 2021
As a fellow elder at First Presbyterian in Utica we shared time in service to the church. I admired and was fond of Charlie for his dedication, intellect , humor and humility.
February 24, 2021
Charlie lived at Acacia Village in Utica his last years. He is remembered and loved by all as a healer and care giver. He always saw those who were suffering either mentally or physically and immediately gave kind words. Our sympathy goes out to all his family. Great is the loss of all who knew him in his lifetime.
February 15, 2021
We love and miss you so much, Dad. You are now reunited with your dear Natalie.
Mary Lynn and Paul Gras
February 14, 2021
Dear Mary Beth and Vicki and families,
We extend our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to all of you in this time. We loved and cherished Charlie. He was an amazing man; a courageous and faithful man. The twinkle in his eyes, the love of his family and his church, his perceptive and wise counsel, beer cheese - these are among the gifts he gave us...and we will always remember.
Love, Mary Lynn and Paul
Linda and John Krol
February 11, 2021
Dear Vicki and Mary Beth and family,
Words cannot express the sadness we feel at the passing of your father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Charlie was a sincere soft spoken man with a sense of humor and a great devotion to his family. May it be of some comfort to know that others care.
With love and sympathy, Linda and John Krol
February 9, 2021
sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers to the family