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Paul W. Sanborn

September 3, 1923 ~ July 14, 2017 (age 93)

Paul Warren Sanborn, 93, of Cape Coral, Fl passed away on July 14, 2017. He was born September 3, 1923 in Nantucket, Mass to Edgar Sr. and Lillie Sanborn. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 70 years, Mildred. He is survived by his three daughters, Carol Weniger, Donna Sanborn and Mary (David) Rieser, five grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren, nephew Charles (Patty) Sanborn, niece Pauline Serro of Syracuse, NY, Elaine (Bill) Holton of Jacksonville, Fl and Kay (Michael) Murray of Orlando, Fl and James (Susan) Beaumont, John (Nancy) Hansen, Peter (Laurel) Hansen, and Paul Hansen.
Paul graduated from McKinley High School in Washington, DC and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. attending Aviation Cadet training eventually flying as a radio operator-gunner on a B-24 aircraft during WW II. Upon Discharge from service he attended the National Academy of Broadcasting in Washington, DC starting a career in Radio Broadcasting. His career brought him to Florida in 1958. After a brief time in that field he entered Chamber of Commerce Management in Kissimmee, Fl. On May 1, 1962 he joined Gulf American Land Corporation as an assistant to the Managing Director in Cape Coral, Fl. He managed the Cape Coral Yacht Club from November 1962 until he was appointed General Manager of the Cape Coral Country Club in 1966. He was appointed Director of Industrial and Commercial Development for Gulf American Land Corporation in 1967. He was liaison between Gulf American Corporation and the City of Cape Coral from 1970 to 1975.
After leaving GAC Corporation, he transitioned to the field of Banking as a Marketing Officer of Cape Coral Bank and Trust, the first bank in Cape Coral, in 1975. When the bank was sold to Sun Bank, he joined David Gomer, CEO of the newly opened Community National Bank. Selling the bank to SouthTrust Bank he again joined Gomer in opening Cape Coral National Bank which later joined First National Bank of SW Florida, that bank selling to 5th/3rd Bank. During his banking career he graduated from the School of Bank Marketing, University of Colorado and the Management School of Bank Marketing, University of Georgia. He was Vice Chairman of the Florida Bankers Assoc. Bank Service Committee from 1985 to 1992.
Paul was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Cape Coral in 1964, serving as Club President in 1968-1969 and District Governor Rotary International 1974 -1975. He was President of the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce in 1983 and Citizen of the Year in 1968 and again in 1992.
Paul served on the Cape Coral Hospital Board and Medical Center Board 29 years from 1976 to 2005. He was elected to the Lee County Mosquito Control Board of Commissioners in 1984 and was re-elected for four additional terms, retiring after 20 years of service. He was appointed Cape Coral City Historian on May 6, 1996. He served as President of the Cape Coral Historical Society/Museum ten years from 2003 to 2013. Paul was Chairman of the Cape Coral High School Task Force that brought the first High School to Cape Coral. He was a charter member of the American Legion Post 90 in Cape Coral and was a charter member of Cape Coral Methodist Church. At the time of his death he was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church.
Over the years of community service he has received numerous awards of recognition including the Elmer Tabor Philanthropic Award in 2008.
Funeral Services will be held 10:00 AM Friday July 21, 2017 at Faith Presbyterian Church, 4544 Coronado Parkway, Cape Coral with Rev. H. Timothy Halverson Officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Ft. Myers Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends for visitation Thursday July 20, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Fuller Metz Funeral Home, 3740 Del Prado Blvd. S. Cape Coral. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Faith Presbyterian Church, Rotary International Foundation or the Cape Coral Historical Museum. Expressions of sympathy may be made online at

 Service Information

July 20, 2017

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Fuller Metz Cremation & Funeral Services
3740 Del Prado Blvd.
Cape Coral, FL 33904

July 21, 2017

10:00 AM
Faith Presbyterian Church
4544 Coronado Parkway
Cape Coral, FL 33904

Family reception to immediately follow graveside service
July 21, 2017

Faith Presbyterian Church
4544 Coronado Pkwy.
Cape Coral, FL 33904


Fort Myers Memorial Gardens
1589 Colonial Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33907

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