Sanford Albert Smith, 71, of Reading, PA passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2021 in Reading
Hospital and Medical Center.
A celebration of life service will be held at 11 AM, Tuesday, January 2021 at Trinity Bible
Fellowship Church (220 Main St, Blandon, PA 19510). The viewing will take place beforehand
from 9:30-11 AM and the service will be followed by the burial at Forrest Hills Memorial Park in
Sanford or Sam, as many people knew him, was born July 31, 1949 in Montgomery,
Pennsylvania to Elmer and Clara Smith. He graduated from Muhlenberg H.S. in 1967 and
received both his Bachelor’s degree in secondary education math as well as his Master’s from
Kutztown University. On June 17, 1972 he married his high school sweetheart, Sherry A.
Sam was a middle school mathematics teacher at Muhlenberg Middle school for 35 years. He
enjoyed teaching kids and watching them have those “ah-hah” moments when everything
started to make sense. He also taught Sunday school classes at his church for many years.
Sam enjoyed playing softball, competing in local trivia nights, participating in church events,
and watching the Phillies. But there was nothing he loved more than to spend time with his
family...especially his grandkids. His love for them was unparalleled.
That intense love for his family and others was always on display through his generosity. Sam
found great joy in the giving of his time and resources. Serving God and others was a major
focus of his life.
Sam is survived by his wife Sherry, his daughter and son-in-law Stacey and Randy Coldiron of
Ephrata, PA, his son and daughter-in-law Stephen and Katrina Smith of Ridgecrest CA, and his
five Grandchildren; Summer Coldiron, Abigail, Valencia, Cyrus, and Canaan Smith
Sam also leaves behind 4 brothers and a sister; Dawson Smith, Douglas Smith, Daryl Smith,
Elmer Smith Jr. and Dena Geunes.
He is preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Clara Smith.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Trinity Bible Fellowship Church in Blandon, PA
or Ridgecrest Church of the Nazarene at 571 N Norma St, Ridgecrest, CA 93555
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