Robert James Sandora 69, of Sun City Center, Florida, died unexpectedly on August 4, 2022. He was born July 3, 1953, in Wichita Kansas, son of Robert J. Sandora and Dolores E. Lowden. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son Nicholas S. Sandora and a sister Sherle Hillwick. Robert is survived by his wife Karen Symonds, sons Benjamin J. Sandora, Sean (Kate) Sandora, Jason E (Christina Riobe) Sandora, daughter Brittany Symonds, brother Richard (Dianna) Findley, a sister Debra Carson, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Robert proudly served his country with the United States Army in Korea as a medic with the First Battalion, Ninth Infantry. Robert spent years working as a chef and a business owner. In retirement Robert enjoyed socializing - he could talk to anyone about anything. He could be seen fishing on his dock in Florida. He was known to “fish on demand” for tilapia when the Rapture Center of Tampa Bay had a need. If he wasn’t cooking or on the lake, he was gardening. His passion for animals and the environment led him to work with Middle Lake’s islands to protect bird rookeries by promoting native trees and plants for the islands.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in his name for protecting Middle Lake’s bird rookeries. (More information to follow.)
A memorial with visitation will be held on Tuesday, Aug 16th 12-2pm at Sun City Center Funeral Home, 1851 Rickenbacker Drive, Sun City Center, Florida.
A celebration of Robert’s life will be held October 7, 2022.