Sanford F. Coren


Coren, Sanford F., 90, died July 20, 2020, peacefully at home surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of Esther (Fischer) Coren and the couple recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in June.

Born in Providence, a son of the late Barney and Sarah (Frank) Coren, his first five years were spent in New York before his family moved back to Providence. He then moved to Dorchester, MA in 1940 where he graduated in from Boston English High School in 1948. After school, he was a Korean War veteran and shortly after leaving the service, met his lifelong partner, Esther in Providence.

Sanford worked in a variety of industries, including as a salesperson for Gold Bond Mattress, selling men’s accessories for Shield and R.A. Hickok. Sanford owned 2 Singer stores, and Vacuum & Phones Plus on Rolfe Street in Cranston. He repaired sewing machines and vacuums at All Brands in Cranston for many years before retiring at 80.

Together with Esther they hosted their extended family for the Jewish holidays for many spirited meals in their home. Everyone looked forward to their brisket and latkes, but the star of those meals were the potato knishes made by Sanford.

A member of Temple Beth-El, Sanford had a lifelong love of reading, history, Providence College basketball, the New England Patriots, trains, cooking and his family.

Sanford is survived by his wife, Esther, son Richard Coren and wife, Carrie, of Cranston; daughter Cheryl Botwick and husband, Steven, of East Greenwich. His grandchildren were his pride and joy; granddaughter Blake Coren, grandson Jeffrey Botwick and his wife Laurel Greenfield, and grandson Zachary Botwick. He is also survived by his sister, Donna Kornblatt of Melville, NY and many nieces and nephews who will miss Sanford.

Due to Covid restrictions, funeral services will be private. Shiva will be observed from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday in the backyard of the home in Cranston that Sanford and Esther shared since 1972.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Temple Beth-El of Rhode Island.


  1. Andrea Neri
    Jul 21, 2020

    My sincere condolences to the Coren and Botwick families.

    You are like family, I love you all …sending prayers of strength as you go through this difficult time and period of adjustment.

    Let me know if there is anything I can do for any of you.

    Love, Andrea

    Jul 21, 2020

    Dear Richard, I am So Sorry about your Father’s Passing, Please accept my Deepest Condolences to you and your family may his Memory be a Blessing to you and your family. Best Wishes, Larry

  3. Gerald Castellucci
    Jul 22, 2020

    Sorry for your loss Richard and Family…a GREAT Friar fan will still be cheering for his beloved team from above

    Jul 22, 2020

    Dear Richard, Cheryl and families

    Condolences on the loss of your beloved father. May all the treasured memories be a source of peace and comfort during this difficult time.

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