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LEWISTON - John E. Sands, 84, passed away on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. He was born in Lewiston on July 23, 1932, the son of the late Arthur and Emma (Carrigan) Sands. John lived in Maine his entire life, graduating from Edward Little High School and later joining the Air Force. On Jul 11, 1959 he married the love of his life, Rosemarie Cyr and they shared a loving marriage of over 57 years. John was a devout Catholic, and was a parishioner at Sacred Heart Church. In his younger years, he enjoyed playing baseball and throughout his life, he would often be seen watching various sports. John was an avid bowler and played baseball for the Sportsman Tavern. In his later years he would spend most of his time outdoors and checking out yard sales. John is survived by his wife, Rosemarie (Cyr); his three children, Gregory and his wife Kim of Minot, Brenda and her husband Mark Whiting of Livermore Falls, and Patrick and his wife Pennie Sands of Mechanic Falls; his four grandchildren, Jessica, Samantha, Shawn, Sara; his "grand-dog", Joe, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; his sister, Patricia Brown and his brother, James Sands.

Friends and family are invited to share their memories and offer their condolences by visiting John's online guestbook at;

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 5-7pm at Fortin/AUBURN. A Liturgy of the Word will immediately follow the visitation at 7pm at Fortin/AUBURN.

A service of The Fortin Group/Plummer & Merrill Funeral, Cremation and Monument Services, 217 Turner St. Auburn, Maine 04210. 783-8545.