Obituary: Sanford (Sandy) Bull Kaynor Jr., 58, formerly of Darien

Sanford (Sandy) Bull Kaynor Jr.
Sanford (Sandy) Bull Kaynor Jr.

Sanford (Sandy) Bull Kaynor Jr. an attorney and businessman, died on April 19 in New Orleans, the result of gunshot wounds sustained on October 2, 2012. He was 58.

Born in Manhattan on May 19, 1959 and raised in Darien, he was predeceased by his parents Sanford Bull Kaynor Sr. and Laura (Sanford) Kaynor. A descendant of the earliest settlers of the country, his ancestors included Elihu Yale, Thomas Hooker, and soldiers who fought at the Battle of Brandywine in the Revolutionary War and the Battle of Plattsburgh in the War of 1812.

Sandy was a graduate of St. Paul’s School, where he was awarded the Frazier Prize for distinction in scholarship and athletics and lettered in three sports. He graduated from Yale University with a B.S. in Economics and Political Science, the recipient of the Rushmore Prize for high distinction in scholarship and athletics. While at Jonathan Edwards College at Yale, he rowed lightweight crew, sang with the Alley Cats and the Whiffenpoofs, and was a member of Scroll and Key.

He further went on to receive his J.D. from the Pritzker School of Law at Northwestern University and his MBA from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. Over the course of his career, Sandy specialized in private equity and mergers and acquisitions, first as a partner at the international firms Jones Day and Ropes & Gray and later, at a local law firm in New Orleans.

He was a member of Wee Burn Country Club, the Union Club of New York, the Blue Hill Troupe, the Pickwick Club of New Orleans and the New Orleans Country Club.

A true gentleman, Sandy was a loving husband and father, a talented athlete, gifted musician and brilliant legal mind. He was accomplished and highly successful in both his professional career and personal endeavors, yet he remained a man of integrity, humble and unassuming throughout his life. A delightful raconteur, his joie de vivre, unfailing generosity and unique mix of wit, irreverence, depth and compassion touched the lives of many. He will live on in the hearts and minds of his devoted friends and family.

Sandy is survived by his wife, Grace (Williams) Kaynor of New Orleans, his children James Granville Kaynor and Phoebe Anne Cox Kaynor, his sister, Laura (Kaynor) Powers, his brother Frederick Kaynor and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans on April 28. A private tribute will be held in Manhattan as well as an interment service at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Darien at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the music department of Trinity Episcopal School or the Louise S. McGehee School, both of New Orleans; Metairie Park Country Day School of Metairie, LA; or the Warren Fox Kaynor Technical School in Waterbury.