Sarasota, Fla. — Curtis L. Sanders, husband of Sigrid Olsen, passed away suddenly on Sunday, March 10, 2013 in Sarasota, Fla. at the age of 64, engaged in an activity he loved, cycling outdoors on a beautiful sunny day.
Born in Grand Prairie, Texas, Curtis lived all over the United States during his lifetime, eventually settling in Novato, Calif. before he moved east, first to New York City and then to Massachusetts and Florida. After graduating from Grand Prairie High School in1966, Curtis served in the U.S. Army special forces during the Vietnam War. He went on to pursue a long career in apparel and textile sales, most notably as the US representative for the Spanish textile company, Tejidos Royo from 1993 until 2001. From then, until the time of his passing, he was a partner with his wife, Sigrid in her two galleries and ISLA boutiques in Gloucester and Sarasota, Fla. Customers will always remember him as the charming guy in the pink linen shirt who greeted them and served drinks during parties in both stores.
Curtis was an avid traveler and adventurer, with a transatlantic crossing by sailboat and cross-country motorcycle ride as two of his major accomplishments over the age of 55. He was a proud single father of four and delighted grandfather to four more. He was a passionate Harley owner, sailor, bicycle enthusiast, music lover and yoga student, as well as, a loving and supportive husband. His zest for life was an inspiration to all who knew him.
Curtis is survived by his wife, Sigrid Olsen of Sarasota Fla. and Gloucester; sons, Christopher Sanders and Dustin Sanders of Petaluma, Calif.; daughters, Jessica Sanders and Katie Sanders Falaschi of Racine, Wisc.; sister, Karel Wheat of Grand Prairie, Texas; grand-children, Tyler, Jake and Brooke Sanders of Petaluma, Calif. and Lucy Falaschi of Racine, Wisc.; and step-children, Erik Olsen of Hyde Park, Vt. and Brita Olsen of Brooklyn, N.Y.
ARRANGEMENTS: Celebration service, May 18, 2013 at 5 p.m. at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center, Gloucester.
Donations in Curtis’ name may be made to the RNAC Building Fund, c/o the Rocky Neck Art Colony, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester, MA 01930 or through PayPal on their website. Under “special instructions for the seller” you may note that it’s in memory of Curtis. Thank you.