Paul Alexander Sands, 58, of Fort Myers, FL, passed away on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 from cancer.
A proud native Virginian, Paul relocated to Fort Myers after spending four years pitching in the Chicago White Sox organization where Paul had been a first round draft choice. Since 1974, Paul had an award winning career in commercial real estate in Southwest Florida. He spent 20 of those years at VIP Realty. Paul was an active member in several professional organizations including; the Real Estate Investment Society (REIS) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). He was a Commercial Investment Professional (CIP).
Paul loved his work; he was a great captain of his team and he took care of them like family.
Paul served his community as well, believing it was important to give back. He was on the boards of several prestigious local businesses and non-profits. These include: Commerce Bank of Southwest Florida, Cypress Lake Country Club, Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce and the YMCA of Lee County. He was also heavily involved in the American Cancer Society's Cattle Baron's Ball, but was most famous for the Slaw Dog Invitational Golf Tournament which he co-hosted with Scott Fischer the last 13 years to benefit various local charities.
Nothing was dearer to Paul than his family. He was the cornerstone of their lives. He is survived by the light of his life, son: Charles Nicholas Sands of Orlando, FL; his dear friend Lisa Joy Sands of Fort Myers; his brother: Charles Duane Sands of Naples, FL; his sister: Kay Campbell Sands of Charlottesville, VA; his longtime companion Lana Vantine of Fort Myers; Nick's mom Marty Sands of Fort Myers and his brother from another mother Scott Fischer of Fort Myers along with his 4 favorites nieces, 3 favorite nephews, Aunt Opal, Uncle Dave and Aunt Betty Jo, Cousins Alex, Kelly and Annalie.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Paul Sands Scholarship Fund through the Real Estate Investment Society to benefit a young commercial realtor.
www.REIS-swfl.org or to fulfill the recent financial commitment Paul made to First Assembly of God to benefit the Fort Myers Master's Commission student housing fund. www.firstassemblyministries.com
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 17th at First Assembly of God on 4701 Summerlin Rd in Fort Myers, FL. A public reception will follow, 1:00pm-3:00pm, at Cypress Lake Country Club.