The eldest of nine children, Walt worked many jobs to support his family and joined the Plainville Police Department in 1968. He later served as the Chief of Police from 1976 until his retirement in 1993. As chief he led with “a kind heart and a firm hand,” steering the town through the Blizzard of ’78 and making significant improvements to Plainville’s law enforcement system – including the introduction of computer technology. Walt was also a charter member of New Hope (center to support victims of domestic violence) and PERF, Inc. (Plainville Emergency Relief Fund).
At home, Walt’s was a devoted father and grandfather. He was son of the late Royal E. and Edna Sandland. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Ferland) Sandland; his three children, Cindy Ennes and her husband Eric of Wrentham; Mark Sandland and his wife Anna of Plainville; and Tricia Cohen and her husband Michael of Pittsburgh, PA; his siblings; Sandra Bryda and her husband John of Falmouth; Earle Sandland and his wife Diane of Narragansett, RI; Arthur Sandland and his wife Judy of Wareham; R. Edward Sandland and his wife Cheryl of North Attleboro; Deborah Bencivenga and her husband Rocco of Plainville; Carl Sandland of Boston; Ernest Sandland and his wife Anne of North Attleboro; and Donna Soullier and her husband Philip of Guilford, NH; his seven grandchildren, Meghan, April, Zachary, Arianna, Alexandra, Norah, and Blake; and, of course, numerous grand-dogs.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday, April 17th from 4 - 8 PM pm in the RJ Ross Funeral Home, 135 South Street, Wrentham. Walter’s funeral will take place on Saturday, April 18th at 11 AM in St. Martha’s Church, South Street, Plainville. Burial will follow in Wrentham Center Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to: New Hope, 140 Park Street, Attleboro, MA 02703 (new-hope.org) or the National Lymphedema Network, 225 Bush St., Suite 3578, San Francisco, CA 94104 (lymphnet.org).
Walt meant the world to his family and the community, and he will always be in our hearts.