Wallace F. “Wally” Sandbach, Jr.

January 10, 2018
Sandbach, Wallace F. Jr.

Wallace Francis “Wally” Sandbach Jr., 70, of Nashua, passed away Wednesday morning, January 10th, 2018.

Born in Suffern, Rockland County, NY on December 27th, 1947, he was the son of the late Wallace F. and Kathryn (Kusnir) Sandbach. Quickly having a knack for adventure, he sailed to become an Eagle Scout when he was young. He graduated Haverstraw-Stony Point High School in 1966 and went into the ROTC, continuing school at Manhattan College, graduating in 1970 with a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering.

Wally then balanced being in the US Air Force and working toward his Master of Science in Management, graduating in 1976. After flying C-141’s and F-111’s for years, he received the Meritorious Service Medal and left the service to follow other dreams.

He moved to Merrimack, NH working for a couple of startup electrical engineering companies, but eventually settled at Sanders, later Lockheed Martin Sanders, and finally BAE. On January 6th, 1983 he married the love of his life Donna Wells, going on 36 years of marriage, living in the home he helped build in Nashua, NH.

When he was young, Wally loved to sail and fish, but the older he got the more hobbies he got into. Between reading, playing the stocks, making jigsaw puzzles, cooking, growing vegetables, model trains, playing games, building an addition on his house, and teaching his sons and grandsons, not even his quadruple bypass could stop him from doing anything that he put his mind to.

In addition to his wife Donna; he leaves behind his son, Travis M. Sandbach, Kassidy Deschenes, her son Arlo, as well as his step-son Benjamin D. Feeley, Masako, and grandsons Tristan and Owen.

SERVICES: Calling hours will be held at the First Baptist Church, 121 Manchester Street, Nashua on Wednesday, January 17th from 2 to 4 p.m. followed by his funeral service at 4 o’clock. Friends are invited to attend. Donations on his behalf may be made to the Veterans Administration Hospital, 718 Smyth Road, Manchester, NH 03109.
Arrangements are in the care of the FARWELL FUNERAL SERVICE, 18 Lock Street, Nashua. (603) 882-0591. www.farwellfuneral.com

17 Comments on Wallace F. “Wally” Sandbach, Jr.

Anne Hoyer said : Guest Report Apr 03, 2018 at 1:30 PM

Dear Sandbach Family, Sorry to hear my high school classmate has passed away; another great loss for the HSP Class of '66. Over the years I had forgotten Wally was in the US Air Force, but have never forgotten him and his friendship. My prayers are with you all.

Nancy and Bob Brockway said : Guest Report Feb 27, 2018 at 10:22 PM

Donna, Both Bob and I so so sorry to have just heard of your loss. Wally was a wonderful man that we know you have precious memories of your life together. Treasure your memories, tell the stories to your grandchildren for him. Time will heal, God bless you and the family.

Louise (Dumais) Colby in Atlanta said : Guest Report Feb 05, 2018 at 5:47 PM

Donna, I just read about Wally's early passing, while doing a data search of Nashua. I will write you a letter very soon. Hopefully we can plan to see each other later this year. Stay strong for your children and grandchildren.

Pete G said : Guest Report Jan 18, 2018 at 6:03 PM

Wally was a NUT. The guy would get on his 1968 John Deere riding mower with a cocktail holder on it and drive across the street to our house & campground like it was a golf cart. I was appalled.....that he didn't have a second cocktail holder for me... My wife and I have had the privilege of living across the street from Wally & Donna for only a few short years at their second home "up country". What a guy. We are so saddened by this awful turn of events. We figured there would be so much more time to get together which unfortunately did not happen enough. As previously mentioned Wally was smart & witty, had a lot of hobbies & great stories of life. We are very glad to have called him a friend...and give him a hard time as he would give us. (all in fun of course). Also glad to have met people who have camped up north with Donna & Wally for years, then we could all give each other a hard time. I know this is a crazy condolence but I'm sure wally is laughing now. He did not want to go but I guess it was his time. He is in a better place now and we are the one who are sad. I think he is helping me with my typing now instead of spellcheck...yikes. (He kinda understood my weird sense of humor because I believe Wally has a pretty good and different sense of humor...you will be missed) Donna, our best to you and all Family and we will help where and when we can. You know how we are always pressed for time and we are so upset that we could not make it down. Don't tell Paula I wrote this or I'm in trouble...as usual. I just felt compelled to do it. Hang in there and God Bless. Pete & Paula

Terry and Greg Andriefski said : Guest Report Jan 18, 2018 at 5:38 PM

Donna, we are deeply saddened to learn of "Wally's" passing. So glad that we had the opportunity to be with you and Wally more recently at the high school reunion. Our deepest condolences to you and your family. What a pleasure to have been his friend.

Peter Zubiaurre said : Guest Report Jan 18, 2018 at 1:33 PM

Donna Again, I am deeply saddened by Wally’s sudden passing. As I think back to our 50+ year friendship lots of fond memories ‘pop up’. Sitting with all the guys in the auditorium senior year of high school ’66…it was the National Honor Society induction ceremony. We noticed Wally wasn’t sitting with us. We soon found out why when he was being introduced on stage. Didn’t realize he was so smart…thought he was one of us. His love of the water and his little boat with the outboard engine was one his favorites. One summer he taught at least a half-dozen of his friends (including my Dad) how to water ski down at Grassy Point. If it weren’t for Wally, I might never have met Kathy. We were coming back from a boat ride on the Hudson and I was stopping traffic on Sharp Street and guiding Wally, who was backing his boat down the driveway. One of the cars I stopped was Kathy’s…the rest is history. The summer nights riding in his little black Renault listening to 8-track tapes was always fun. As the years went by and families grew, people have a tendency to move in different directions. It was a ‘given’ that at least once a year I’d get a phone call from Wally just to see how things were going. No matter what his physical condition, he always made it a point to go to the HSPHS Reunions. Not many people would have traveled 4+ hours, in a driving snow storm to help me celebrate my 60th birthday. If I were to look up the meaning of ‘true friend’ in the dictionary; I know Wally’s picture would be there…that’s just who he was. I’ll miss him dearly… Peter ‘Z’ PS…Kathy sends her love

Bill Minerick said : Guest Report Jan 17, 2018 at 8:27 PM

I am not surprised Wally accomplished so much. I often sat behind him in class our senior year, he was smart as a whip. Wally provided Peter Zubiarre and I with one of the best times ever as we learned to water ski using Wally's powered row boat, I still laugh thinking about our many, catastrophic spills. Years later my wife and I often camped at Flagstaff Lake in Maine and every now and then a F-111 Aarvark jet bomber would zoom over the lake at about 500 knots and at only 500' feet simulating bombing runs. Who knows it could of been Wally. It was an awesome aircraft he was an awesome guy.

Barbara O'Neill said : Guest Report Jan 17, 2018 at 12:45 PM

So deeply sorry to learn of cousin Wallace's passing but so grateful that we had chances to connect as adults. Simply a wonderful man. I'll miss our conversations, including the occasional, somewhat, heated debates! My deepest sympathies to all and so sorry I can't be with you today.

Nanette Herbst said : Guest Report Jan 17, 2018 at 11:55 AM

I will miss his smile, laugh and wonderful stories. I could sit and listen to him for hours. I am glad I have been able to see him and Donna more as we got older. A wonderful cousin.

Cedric and Zoe Onsruth said : Guest Report Jan 17, 2018 at 9:15 AM

Donna - Sharing your sorrow and sending our deepest sympathy to you and the family. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Mary (Halgren) Weatherwax said : Guest Report Jan 16, 2018 at 5:39 PM

So very sorry to hear about Wally. Lots of good memories from our school time years.

David Subisak said : Guest Report Jan 16, 2018 at 5:15 PM

Donna, Wally trained a good number of us at BAE Systems. I had the unique opportunity to both work for Wally and for Wally to work for me. He taught me every day about engineering, about leadership and about life. My Condolences

ELLEN Mottola said : Guest Report Jan 16, 2018 at 10:56 AM

So sorry for your loss of Wally. Always a wonderful example of what a man should be. Will have fond memories of growing up in Haverstraw with him.

Lyman Stanton said : Guest Report Jan 14, 2018 at 1:08 PM

Oh Wally, what a truly wonderful and full life you have had! It's not the number of years that make a full life....it's the moments. You love ones and friends are all recollecting their 'I remember when's ' about you. So now it my turn Wally. I remember when I first had shrimp and cocktail sauce it was with you. You said, 'if you don't like it just spit it out.' Chomp...Crunch. ...Garbage please. I remember when I had my first Bloody Mary, it was with you. Slurp...Slurp...this shirt ain't so bad! And you the engineering genius or magician took a pile of old rotted peaches and turned them into lip smacking schnapps. Wally, I remember when you gave me your trade secret on growing perfect peppers. I'll keep that close to the vest. Thank you, Wally for the fond memories of times spent and my God continue to bless your loving and strong family during this sad transition. Good bye, 'til we meet again.

Stan Graveline said : Guest Report Jan 14, 2018 at 12:42 PM

I remember Wally as a bright, motivated and creative contributor in our days at Sanders. He cared about his company and its' contribution to protection of our military. He was a tremendous asset. I am a man of prayer and will keep Wally in my offerings,

Robin Ware said : Guest Report Jan 14, 2018 at 10:05 AM

RIP Wally. Prayers to family.

Travis M Sandbach said : Guest Report Jan 13, 2018 at 11:54 AM


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