GRAY- Sanford D. Farmer passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 6, 2020 from a suspected carfentanil laced heroin overdose. Sam, as he preferred to be called, was born in Portland Maine at Maine Medical Center on August 20, 1971. He was known to struggle with addiction on and off in the past. No one suspected he was using before he died. He had many things he still wanted to accomplish. He was very close with his loving mother Dorothy L Fortier and his loving daughter Alivia A Farmer. Sam attended Gray schools throughout his life and graduated from Gray New Gloucester High School in ‘89. Sanford lived and worked in Gray almost his entire life. At one point when he was younger he had his own painting business called “Sam’s Painting Service.” Mark White, Whitey as everyone called him, was one of Sam's greatest friends growing up. He and Sanford did lots of things together such as work and build the porch to his own house. As he got older he had attended Kaplan University to get a degree in CMA. With this, he worked at a local retirement home called the Gray Manor and passed medications out to the clients. On March 12, 2018, Sam got into a serious car accident. The firefighters had to use the “jaws of life” to get Sanford out of his car. This changed Sam's life dramatically. After spending months recovering in the hospital getting metal rods and screws in both his legs and pelvic area, he was able to come home to his family. He had lots of support during this time from everyone in his life, and it had brought him and his son Christopher to make amends. Sam had to adjust his life being in a wheelchair, walking on crutches, going to work, etc. At the time, he was working at Burger King as a shift supervisor. He had lots of friends at this job and enjoyed working there. Sanford had to put his mother to rest on 9.16.2020. Sanford leaves behind his daughter Alivia A. Farmer, his son Christopher D. Ashley, his grandson Christopher E. Ashley, and his step father Fred L. Fortier Jr.
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