B. Paul Sanford, a longtime resident of Bellville, passed away on Dec. 27, 2005. He was 81. A funeral mass and Rite of Committal were celebrated by the Rev. Tim Bucek of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Bellville on Dec. 30. Paul was born in Matador, Texas, the son of Eugene and Eva (Smith) Sanford. Raised in Houston, he graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School and enlisted in the United States Navy, serving in the Pacific theater throughout WWII. In April of 1945 he married Edith Marie Sanford of Wallis, Texas. Paul and Edie started their family in Dickinson, Texas where Paul owned a jewelry store and worked as a watchmaker. Later he and his young family moved to Houston where Paul worked as a machinist for several companies. While at Texas Instruments Paul met Kent Boyd, an engineer there. Together they formed Cougar Instrument Corp. in a small shop in Paul's garage. The company soon outgrew its humble beginnings. By the late 1970s Cougar was an acre-sized facility that was manufacturing precision injection molded plastic parts for clients in the petro-chemical, electronic and medical markets all over the world. In the mid-1990s Cougar was sold and Paul retired. He and Edie moved permanently to their Big C ranch outside of Bellville, a labor of love they had been developing for a number of years. The ranch took its name from Christopher, their youngest son who died in 1981. They became very active in both local church and civic affairs. As members of Sts. Peter and Paul parish they were involved in the St. Vincent DePaul Society, a charitable organization. They were members of the Bellville Historical Society and Paul was a decent at the jail museum. He also served several terms on the Austin County Appraisal Review Board. After his retirement Paul, never one to remain idle, returned to his watchmaking roots and started a clock repair business. Before long he became known throughout Austin and surrounding counties as "the clock guy," an expert in the repair and restoration of old clocks. With the help of the internet Paul became knowledgeable in clock history as well as repair. He was always eager to share with his customers whatever he had learned about their heirlooms. Paul is survived by Edie, his wife of 60 years and sister, Geneva Chadwick of Littleton, Colo. He leaves four sons and 1 daughter: Mark Sanford of Redondo Beach, Calif., Bill Sanford of Honolulu, Hawaii, Dave Sanford of Galveston, Texas, Steve Sanford of Houston, and Paula Bible of Fayetteville, Texas. He also leaves 12 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Interment was at Forest Park West Cemetery in Houston. The family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society, c/o Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, P.O. Box 808, Bellville, Texas 77418. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Knesek Bros. Funeral Chapels in Bellville.
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