Claude Kosmas Sandeaux of Woodinville born April 17, 1937 in Meknes, Morocco passed away from a heart attack December 3rd 2017 in Nimes, France while visiting family.
He was preceded in death by his father Antoine and mother Lola. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years Nicole (Fages), six children Christine, Elizabeth, Claudine, Sylvie (Bill Abrigo) Catherine (Ludo Lehuard), Claude (Shannon) and 10 grandchildren.
Claude graduated in 1956 from École des Beaux-Arts (School of Fine Arts) in Paris. In 1965 he was repatriated to France from Morocco and over the years involved in the association USDIFRA to defend the French repatriates of North Africa.
He also helped his parents Antoine and Lola, whom he adored, open the Majestic Cinema in Nîmes and became Director thereafter. He was passionate and innovative in the world of cinema creating and managing many festivals and clubs dedicated to cinema and later opened the Camera Cinema in tribute to his father Antoine.
In 2001 he and Nicole immigrated to and retired in the United States full of hope and in search of the American dream. He was passionate in everything he did. He became an artist and participated in many Seattle area art exhibitions and won first prize last year in Kirkland.
He had several strings to his bow, the cinema, the art and also writing in which he gave us several books including Doux souvenir de jeunesse, Ma vie semée d’étoiles, and Un gramophone et des disques.
A memorial service was held in Nimes, France where he was laid to rest on December 8th. A Mass for his memory was held on December 21st at the Saint Teresa Of Calcutta Parish in Woodinville.