Dancing letters and happy wishes to leap-year birthday boy Samuel “Sandy” Saunders for turning 100 years young. He does not let age get him down — hey, he is really only 25, having celebrated only that number of birthdays since being born on Feb. 29, 1916!
Sandy celebrated with wife Elba at the Senior League of Flatbush Center where our roving shutterbug caught up with the twinkle-toed pair. Sandy was born in Merry Old London, England, before coming here to make a great life for himself and his family.
“After finishing school he joined the family business as a hairdresser,” said niece JoAnna Der.
She added that in 1937 he was hired as a makeup artist and hairstylist for celebrities at Universal Studios on the other side of the pond. Sandy then served in World War II for the Brits, and moved to New York, where he married his first love, Belle. They had two children — son William and daughter Susan, who sadly passed away last year. After 56 years of wedded bliss Belle passed away, leaving Sandy to dance alone.
He found a new lease on life when he married Elba in 2009.
“He taught me how to dance,” Elba said. “He doesn’t look 100, and he certainly does not act like it.”
The pair loves to dance and travel, splitting time between homes here and in Florida. Sandy also loves to paint and puts brush to canvas capturing all the places that he has visited.
Standing O says, “Keep on dancing, Sandy” and wishes him an Italian toast: “Cent’anni” (another 100 years).
Senior League of Flatbush Center [1625 Ocean Ave. in Midwood, (718) 338–1749].