It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of Sanford Lee Johnson, Esq., who passed away on May 30, 2023, in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Sanford, aged 83, was born on August 10, 1939, in Chicago, Illinois. He was a devoted and loving husband to Ruth Kinast Johnson, and their sixty-year-long marriage was a testament to their steadfast commitment to one another. He was known for his sharp legal mind, his unwavering political convictions, and his love of family.
Sanford served in the Army National Guard for four years during the early 1960s. He had a constant thirst for knowledge and went on to study at Northeastern Illinois University where he earned his undergraduate degree in Education and then his Juris Doctorate. He was a distinguished attorney who devoted his life to serving the State of Illinois. He was a scholar of Civil War history, an avid reader, and a keen observer of politics. Sanford was a loyal member of the Republican party and served as President of the local Chicago Republican Chapter and was once a candidate for Cook County, Illinois Circuit Judge.
Sanford was a man of inquisitive character, and he was always seeking knowledge and adventure. He had a passion for travel and was privileged to explore many countries around the globe with his beloved wife, Ruth. His kindness, wisdom, and humor left a lasting impression on those he met.
Sanford is survived by his wife, Ruth Kinast Johnson, his daughter Michelle Johnson Porcaro and her husband Michael Porcaro, his son, Sean Johnson and his wife Emily Hunt Johnson, and his grandchildren, Sullivan Porcaro, Saylor Porcaro, Rose Johnson, and Pearl Johnson.
Funeral services for Sanford will be held at J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Mt. Pleasant Chapel, 1494 Mathis Ferry Rd in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, on Thursday, June 8, 2023, beginning with a visitation period starting at 2:30pm with funeral services beginning at 3pm. Sanford will then be interred at Mount Pleasant Memorial Gardens Cemetery immediately following the funeral.
Sanford was a man of great integrity who will be deeply missed by all who knew him. We take comfort in the knowledge that he left an indelible mark on our lives and the world around him. RIP, Sandy you will be missed. “Hold the line”.