We have heard that Sandy Rotival passed away on the weekend. In December, Sandy moved back to Woodstock from France, two doors up the street on Route 197 near the intersection of 197 and 169. Becki and I were fortunate to see Sandy at the Vanilla Bean a week ago and meet his daughters, Valerie and Constance, who were with him this last weekend.
Sandy worked as a diplomat for the United Nations in exotic places like Belgian Congo, Switzerland and Communist Romania. Sandy retired in 1996, and he and his charming wife, Edith, moved to their home on the Hill next to Roseland Cottage. Edith passed away almost exactly a year ago while she and Sandy were living in France. In Woodstock, Sandy and Edith helped raise funding for the Audubon Society, the Performing Arts of Northeast Connecticut, Celebrating Agriculture, the Connecticut Farmland Trust and Working Lands Alliance.