Bruce Martin Sandin, 89, of Stanardsville, passed away on Monday January 7, 2019, at his home. He was born on March 10, 1929, in Washington, D.C., to the late Gustave Bertil Sandin and Maude Bufkin Whitehurst Sandin. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert B. Sandin and Miles W. Sandin; and one sister, Carolyn Irene Sandin. He is survived by his wife, Fain Lewallen Sandin of Stanardsville; daughter, Carol Sandin Talamini and her husband, Dr. Mark Talamini; son, Karl A. Sandin and his wife, Linda; stepdaughter, Kelly Wilson-Liner; stepsons, Charles C. Wilson and Gary P. Wilson; grandchildren, Matthew Talamini, Jonathan Talamini, Philip Talamini, Alexandra Sandin, and Derek Sandin; step-grandchildren, Chelsea Killam, Ashleigh Herring, Anna Carlini, and Andrew Wilson; two great-grandchildren, two step-great-grandchildren; nephews, Randall Sandin and Craig Sandin; niece, Sheila Sandin Zakielarz; three great-nieces, one great-nephew; a brother-in-law, William E. Lewallen; two sisters-in-law, Donna H. Sandin and Evelyn M. Sandin, and many cousins in the United States and Australia. Bruce grew up in Arlington, Virginia, where he graduated in 1947 from Washington-Lee High School. Later he graduated from American University with a degree in business administration. Jobs held during his student years had sparked his interest in floral design and the retail floral business. Bruce held managerial positions with Blackstone's Florists and Conklyn's Florists in Virginia. In 1963, he became a field representative with Florists Transworld Delivery (FTD), which assigned him a key role in the arrangements associated with President Kennedy's funeral and burial. As a representative for FTD Bruce had opportunities to travel extensively to promote FTD at international events. At Christmastime he was frequently called on to help supervise the arrangement of decorations at the White House. In 1980, he was in charge of floral-related logistics for the Lake Placid Olympics. He retired from FTD in 1988 and established the Greene House Shops in Ruckersville, Va. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at Stanardsville Baptist Church, where Bruce was a member and former deacon. The church is located at 103 Madison Road in Stanardsville, Va. Interment will be private. Pastor Cary Lane will officiate.

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