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November 8, 1923 – April 15, 2019

We are saddened to share the news of the passing of longtime HCC member Doug Sandeman on April 15, 2019. He was born in Tacoma, WA on November 8, 1923. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was on board the USS Ralph Talbot (DD-390) on December 7, 1941, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. He served throughout WWII, through the worst battles, losing shipmates, and helping to save his ship. His ship was the second most decorated ship in World War II. After he was discharged from the Navy, he joined the Long Beach Fire Department and served more than thirty years before retiring. He was very active in other businesses and throughout his entire life.

His son Steve writes: “I know that there is MUCH more that I could add, but I remember him most as my father – always – and as my best friend and confidant. Most importantly, he was a strong Christian man who was most interested in helping benefit others. He was a father, grandfather, and great-grandfather with a full heart.”

Doug was a member of HCC and HCA for more than twenty years and actively collected for much of that time. He was particularly interested in Heisey’s colored glassware and assembled an outstanding collection, including some rare items like the Pineapple and Fan vase in dark blue and in Canary with opalescent rim. He hosted several meetings at his home, and it was always a pleasure to see his collection.

Doug will be missed. HCC extends our condolences to Doug’s family and many friends.

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