Sanford Macomber Kellogg, 75

The skies over Wilton are now bedimmed with the sudden and unexpected extinguishing of one of its brightest lights, Sanford Macomber Kellogg.

A Connecticut Yankee through-and-through, Sandy Kellogg was born in Norwalk on April 9, 1939 and spent his formative years in the Kellogg family home on 19 Bluff Avenue in Rowayton, fishing and boating on Long Island Sound. This home, whose doors were open to all who passed by, set the standard for all that would follow.

Sandy met the love of his life, Susan, while still a young teenager. A 50th wedding anniversary was soon to be celebrated. For the next six decades, Sandy embraced Wilton as both his home and his extended family. He was a fixture of the Wilton community, Principal of Kellogg Brothers, which recently celebrated its 80th anniversary. An architect of the old school, Sandy did not simply draw homes for his clients as much as he breathed life into the idea of them. This personal touch ensured that his authentic colonial designs fit with harmony into the historic and rural settings of Wilton.  The hundreds of homes built by Sandy, along with his father, brother, and son, can be seen today throughout Wilton and Fairfield County.

Sandy was resolute and passionate in all things regarding his country, his home, and his family.  He was fiercely proud of his service as a combat engineer in Korea. He was involved with all facets of the town of Wilton. The Wilton YMCA is in large part a reality today as a result of Sandy’s dedication and love for the Wilton Community. He served on and chaired many town boards and councils; coached teams of the Wilton Olympiad and mentored not only his own four children but also a broad extended family of their friends and acquaintances. He was a half-century ahead of the issue of immigration reform, having long ago assisted a number of Korean families to come to the United States to realize the American Dream.

Sandy loved the outdoors, spending winter weekends on the slopes of Okemo Mountain and summers on his beloved Temperance Island. He never missed a sunset or the chance to salute it with a mighty blast of his evening canon. If not on snow or water, Sandy could often be found hiking in the Wilton Town Forest. “Pops” loved his Susu, their four children, and adored his eleven grandchildren. He always began each day saying, “How lucky am I.” Sandy whole-heartedly embraced life and has left a lasting legacy of loyalty, integrity, and character. Look into the face of Wilton and you will see him there.

The Kellogg family invites all friends to remember and celebrate Sandy’s life at the Wilton Congregational Church on 70 Ridgefield Road, Saturday, December 6th at 12:30 pm. A reception will follow at the Saugatuck Rowing Club on 521 Riverside Avenue in Westport.