James L. Sanders, beloved salesman

June 8, 2013

James L. Sanders, 68 passed away Thursday, May 30, 2013, after suffering with ESRD for five years and other related health complications.  He died peacefully at Christiana Care where he was

medivac’ed from Beebe Medical Center.  His daughters and wife were by his side at the end.

He was born March 18, 1945, in Baltimore, Md., to the late Louis B. and Elizabeth H. Sanders.  He grew up in Baltimore where he attended McDonough School and graduated from Parkville High School  in 1963.  He recently attended his 50th high school reunion and was reunited with fellow classmates.

Jim was most recently employed by Alutech United/East Coast Shutters as a salesman and was well liked by his customers due to his winning personality.  He created new accounts, and provided such great service that many became repeat customers.

He was a larger than life character with a generous heart of gold.  He was the life of the party and the one who always picked up the check.

He was a master story teller and could bring people to their knees with laughter.  He was an avid sports fan and especially loved the Orioles and the Ravens.  He rarely missed a game on TV and planned his day around the baseball schedule.

Even though the last few years had been debilitating for him as his life grew smaller he still managed to make new friends of the techs and patients at the dialysis center where he underwent treatment three times weekly.  The home health nurses who came to the house were very fond of him as well.

He is survived by his wife, Leslie Wardell (nee Hugel); his daughters, Joell Bacchieri and Prudence Sanders Downes and her husband Mickey; his stepfamily, Gabriel Wardell and wife Trin Intra, Zachary Wardell and wife Tessa Foris; and four grandchildren, Leo Bacchieri, Max Bacchieri, Gustav Wardell and Greta Intra.

At last he is at peace and out of pain.  He will be missed by many who loved him dearly.

A  celebration of Jim’s  life will be held  from 4 to 6p.m.,  Sunday, June 23,at 35102 Waters Edge Way, Frankford.  This is a pot luck, BYOB, Bring your own dish to share and a lawn chair.   A roast-- so bring your favorite story about Jim. Please RSVP Leslie Wardell at

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Jim’s memory to the National Kidney Foundation, Finance Department, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY  10016.