John F. Sands, 91 of North Royalton, entered eternal rest March 26, 2021. However you knew him- John, Jack, Husband, Father, Brother, Uncle Jack, Grandpa, Great Granddad, Magistrate, Attorney, Sponsor, Friend, or Neighbor, he left an impression on everyone who was in his sphere of kindness and influence.
Jack was born to Harry J. and Katherine (nee McHugh) Sands on January 28, 1930. He spent his early years on the east side of Cleveland attending St. Aloysius, then following in his father’s footsteps by graduating St. Ignatius High School, attending John Carroll and graduating from John Marshall School of Law.
As a 67-year founding member of the Parma Bar Association, he was well known in both the Parma and Cuyahoga County Courts. He was a Councilman in Parma and active in Democratic politics in Parma and Ohio. Toward the end of his career, he was a magistrate in the Parma Municipal Court.
Together with his wife, Karen they enjoyed many adventures in France, Italy and beyond. Jack was an avid golfer and improved his game consistently while playing many different courses in excellent company.
John was the beloved husband of 36 years to Karen R. (nee Stroempl); loving father of Peggy Sands, Joanie Carnes and Daniel S. Sands; cherished grandfather of David (Tracy) Sands, Nathan (Alison) Carnes, Sydney Shaker, Ava Shaker, Joshua Carnes (Jessica) and Melanie Carnes; great-grandfather of Kayla Rybicki (Brandon), Sarah Sands, and Michael Carnes; dear brother of Kathleen C. Spacht; brother-in-law of Joseph Meier; and uncle to many nieces and nephews.
Jack was preceded in death by his first wife, M. Joan (nee Faber); son-in-law, Tim Carnes; sisters, Margaret M. Burtzlaff and Mary Ellen Meier; and brothers-in-law, Raymond Burtzlaff and Ron Spacht.
A memorial Mass will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, May 15 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Parma. All Covid-19 protocols will be followed. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Contributions in his name are suggested to St. Augustine Hunger Center, 2486 W. 14th St., Cleveland, OH 44113.
Arrangements are entrusted to McMahon-Coyne-Vitantonio Funeral Homes in Willoughby and Mentor.
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