WESTPORT, Conn. - John Sachs of Westport died June 23. He was 93.
Sachs was born Hans Sachs May 8, 1920, in Decin, Czechoslovakia, to Elsa and Otto Sachs, he was raised and educated in Vienna, Austria. He took the name John when he arrived at Ellis Island in 1940. As a member of the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division Ski Troops, he served as an intelligence staff sergeant in the Aleutian Islands and in Italy. He received multiple distinguished service awards, including the Bronze Star. He became a U.S. citizen in Leadville, Colo. After marriage he settled in Queens, New York and then in Westport.
Sachs started his professional life in the textile field and then moved to the securities industry. After moving to Westport in 1961 he founded The John Sachs Agency, an insurance agency that served clients throughout Fairfield County. After his retirement in 1985, he counseled seniors in the complexities of Medicare; chaired the AARP State Legislative Committee; became a Big Brother mentoring an academically challenged middle school child in 2007; educated young students about the Holocaust whenever he had the opportunity; and translated German documents into English for others tracing their families' fate in the Holocaust and for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.
He was active in the Rotary (president from 1989 to 1990), served on the Board of Temple Israel, and was elected to four terms on the RTM, where he chaired the Employee Compensation Committee. He also worked on the fundraising effort for the Jerusalem International YMCA.
Sachs is survived by his sons, Tom (Sharin) of Alexandria, Va., and Gary (Jessica) of Maplewood, N.J.; and three grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Eva..
Sachs was buried in a private ceremony next to his wife Eva on June 25. A memorial ceremony will be held at a later date.
Contributions in Sachs’s memory may be made to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
The Harding Funeral Home in Westport is in charge with the arrangements.
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