Cornelius Sands

Cornelius Sands

Friday, July 1st, 1960 - Wednesday, July 8th, 2020
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WATERBURY – Cornelius Dean Sands, age 60, of Waterbury passed away July 8th, 2020 surrounded by his loving daughter and family. He was the husband of Sharon Sands.

Cornelius was born July 1, 1960 in Waterbury to the late Curtis Dean and Claudine Sands. He was educated in the Waterbury Public School System. He worked various jobs including machine tool operator, landscaping and painting houses which he was passionate about. Cornelius loved getting together with family to teach about African American culture and creating his own games and riddles to engage the family. His family will never forget his saying “Know What You Know and Know What You Don’t Know”. His last words for the family was “tell everyone I Love them”!

Left to honor his memory and cherish love and legacy his daughters Keshia (Delton) Rogers and Rashael Sands. His grandchildren; Tyshon Rogers, Zah’Nyah Scott, Emonisty Waterman and Amyia Rogers. A great grandson Sakani Waterman. Step children Chris, Kelly, Cory and Quincy. He was also a mentor to Patrick and AJ. He is survived by sisters Tajuana Sands, Claudette Sands, Bernadette (Dennis) Jordan and Selicia Sands. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He is predeceased by brother Irving Sands and granddaughter Tyasia Rogers.

The family of Cornelius Sands would like to acknowledge with heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the Season’s Hospice Care. A great Thank You for everyone’s many acts of kindness, love, support and expression of sympathy extended to the family during the passing of our loved one and time of sorrow.

Funeral services for Mr. Sands, due to covid-19 regulations, will be held privately. A live stream of the funeral service will be available on the funeral home’s Facebook page:\eastsidememorial starting at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday. Burial will follow in New Pine Grove Cemetery. Family and friends may visit with Cornelius’s family, complying with all applicable social distancing guidelines on Thursday July 16, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. till 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home 1987 East Main St. Waterbury CT 06705. Please wait outside until instructed to enter the funeral home by staff members. Memories endure only if you share then so you are encouraged to leave a condolence, words of comfort or a personal memory with the Sands family on Cornelius’s tribute page at

Pall Bearers:

Chris Brown
Jai’Quan McKnight
Cory Fulton
Jai’Vaun McKnight
Tauren McLellan
Richard Reid

Honorary Pall Bearer:

Andre Sands
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 16th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Thursday, July 16th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Casey's Eastside Memorial Funeral Home & Tribute Center
    1987 East Main St @ Southmayd Rd
    For Gps Use 40 Soutmayd Rd.
    WATERBURY, CT 06705
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Casey's Eastside Memorial Funeral Home
    1987 East Main St @ Southmayd Rd
    WATERBURY, CT 06705
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Due to Covid-19 guidelines the service will be help privately.


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Larry & Dolores Sturdivant

Posted at 08:12am
Sending our deepest condolences to the family. Neal was a friendly man who had a contagious smile that made you feel special. We knew him also to be a caring person. One who would go out of his way to encourage you when he knew you were sick and in need.. We were glad to call him a friend. May your hearts be comforted at this time, that he is no longer suffering.

Nute Brown

Posted at 10:31pm
Sending my deepest condolences to the family. God give this family comfort and strength at this time.

Edna Jenkins Posted at 10:20am

Praying for you and your family Keshia🙏❤️

Sybrella Moss

Posted at 03:34pm
So sorry for your loss, he will be remembered for his funny jokes and his smile. Praying for strength for your family

Sharon.Sands Posted at 10:59am

We remember all the good that this man shared has a husband, father and friend, brother. I send my condolences to family

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