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April 13, 1957 - May 10, 2021

Services are private.

Steven (Steve) Updike Sandford, 64, of Fort Lauderdale, passed away peacefully into the loving arms of his Creator, on May 10, 2021, at his home, after a long and valiant fight with cancer and multiple chronic conditions.

Steve was born in Trenton, NJ, on April 13, 1957, son of the late Edwin Sandford, of Trenton, NJ. He is survived by his daughter Summer Sandford, of Davie, FL, his mother, Shirley Sandford, of Trenton, NJ, his brother, Stan Sandford of Millstone Township, NJ, his sister, Edwina (Shirwin) Sandford-Spalding, of Riva, Maryland, 1 niece and 6 nephews. During his illness, he was also cared for and supported by his former wives, Patricia Molnar and Trace Butner.

Steve attended Rider University, NJ, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, and moved to South Florida in 1982, where he served over 20 years with a successful, multi-President’s Award-winning career at the Sun Sentinel, then Around Town Magazine. In addition to a career in advertising sales, he loved ballroom dancing, was an outstanding dance instructor and performer for many years. He was often moved by the music and would unashamedly break into dance in public view, for the sheer joy of it.

He was known as an avid fan of both the Green Bay Packers and LA Dodgers, and would never overlook the opportunity to discuss his childhood idol Sandy Koufax and how often he was mistaken for the Dodger’s former catcher, Mike Piazza through the 80’s and 90’s. He was overjoyed at the Dodger’s recent World Series win, and passed in his sleep, not surprisingly, with the football channel on TV in the background!

Steve was known for his jokes and quick smile, that lit up the room. His optimism and passion for life never faded, and despite his long health battle, he remained positive and cheerful until the very end.

A celebration of life will be held for the immediate family and friends, with a future date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to send donations to help your local Humane Society or Pet Rescue (he loved animals, even those darn iguanas and would appreciated that most).