Sanford Gorodetsky, 94


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sanford Gorodetsky, of Warren, passed away on Feb. 25, 2023, at HopeHealth Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence. He was the beloved husband of Barbara Blossom for 42 years; devoted father of Evan Gorodetsky and Brian Gorodetsky; stepfather of Robin Blossom and Perry (Pam) Blossom; brother of Lenore Gorodetsky; son of the late Louis and Sally (Rice) Gorodetsky. He was previously married to (deceased) Harriet (Lieberman) Gorodetsky.

Born in Providence, Sanford was a graduate of Classical High School, Providence College and earned a J.D. from Boston University Law School. Prior to joining the legal profession, he enlisted in the military and served active duty in the Pacific Region. 

Dedicated to Providence, he served most notably as the Providence Director of Public Safety, Chief Judge for the Providence Municipal Court, and a member of the Providence City Council. He practiced law for 62 years, and was professionally recognized by the Rhode Island Bar Association.

Active in the veteran’s community, Sanford served as Commander of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA, Rhode Island Chapter. He was a former secretary for the Permanent Advisory Council of the House Veteran Affairs Committee and a member for the United Veterans Council, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 15 in Bristol and the World War II Monument Committee.

His professional confidence and affable personality contributed to success in artistic pursuits.   He was a talented local singer, band musician and actor. He enjoyed performing on both stage and screen, and earned numerous acting credits in both television and film. 

Contributions in his memory may be made to Disabled American Veterans Chapter 15, Bristol Town Hall, Bristol, R.I.