James Sandman

Passed away on February 3, 2014

Mr. James H. Sandman, age 66, of West Newbury, entered into rest on February 3, 2014. Born in White Plains, NY, he was the son of the late Leon J. and Florance (Kaminsky) Sandman. He grew up in Johnstown, PA and was a graduate of Westmont Hilltop High School Class of 1965. He was a graduate of Penn State University and later received his Law Degree from Georgetown University of Law. He operated his own law practice, The Law Offices of James H. Sandman, served as a College Professor at the Mass. School of Law in Andover, and was also a professional photographer. James was a well-travelled man who sought out fine arts, culture and foods of the world. An avid street photographer, James had a keen eye for meaningful and spontaneous moments. He took great pride in his work as an attorney and served his clients with great intellect and compassion. A dedicated family man, James was a hero to his children and grandson. With incredible wit and charm, he loved to make people smile and laugh. He is survived by his three children, Alexander, Jordan and Michaella. He was the brother to Barry Sandman of Indianapolis, IN. Also survived by his grandson, Maddox and two nieces, Lindsay Lefevere and her husband Jeff of Indianapolis, IN and Loran Sandman of Kansas City, MO. Services at Congregation Ahavas Achim, corner of Washington and Olive Sts. Newburyport on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 2:30PM. Interment following at Newburyport Hebrew Cemetery. Memorial Observance at his late residence following the service and on Wednesday and Thursday from 4-8PM. Expressions of sympathy in his memory may be sent to Congregation Ahavas Achim, 53.5 Washington St. Newburyport, MA 01950.



  • Funeral Service Tuesday, February 4, 2014


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Wendy Wicks

March 15, 2014

I am saddened to learn of Jim's passing. As a client, he guided me through some of the darkest days of my life in a bitter and bizarre legal battle. He was always accessible, calming and fascinating to talk to, whether it be his love of the law, his photography or traveling. He was a true gentleman. I will miss his presence and guidance. My sympathies are with his family and friends.

Claudia Camerino

March 6, 2014

Dear Jim, I've been looking for you early this year. I wrote you and texted you, but no answer. I was missing you, and then the feeling that something happened. I recall one of our last conversation, regarding compassion, my dearest friend-

Mary Jane Oakes

February 19, 2014

I am so sorry this message is late being submitted. My family like many others met Jim for legal advice and he represented us, however, Jim was more than a Lawyer, Jim was a friend. Year after year I was able to talk with Jim and get off the record advice, he was always so gracious and understanding. My family and I will miss our friend and we extend our deepest sympathies to his family and many other friends.

Jill Trussell-Haynes

February 4, 2014

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

Georges Gravel

February 4, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Julie Ganong

February 4, 2014

Dear Family & Friends of James Sandman"
I am so sorry for your loss. Jim was an amazing, talented, and quick witted individual. I first met Jim as an artist through The Lobby for the Arts program at The Provident Bank. He showed his Paris work - it was so beautiful in black & white. Jim's work was very inspiring - so when we went to Paris - he gave us pointers on where to go to take some of the images on our own.
He was dedicated to the arts and I served with him on Firehouse's Arts Committee - his eye for detail and balance was amazing and I loved his commitment to giving back to the community.
God bless Jim and all of his friends and family during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Julie Ganong

Stephen Durkin

February 4, 2014

So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Jim and I practiced law together with a host of great people at the same firm in Boston for several years in the 1990s. I remember him fondly as a good and kind person; intelligent and thoughtful, with a quick wit; unfailingly polite; devoted to his children; diligent on behalf of his clients in the law. I'm fortunate to have known him. May he rest in peace.

February 4, 2014

I first met Jim when seeking legal advice, however, it soon turned into a warm friendship. I always felt I could stop by and talk with Jim any time. He was that kind of a giving person. I will miss him. John Longo

February 4, 2014

The first time I met Jim he had just opened his law office on Inn Street. A handsome young man, always smiling, ready to engage you with something interesting. Through the years he has been one of the silk threads in the fabric of Newburyport. He will be missed. Darrah Ostrander

Marcia Dick

February 4, 2014

Deepest sympathies to Michaella and the rest of the family.