FORWARD Mourns Loss of Sandy Corbett, Board Vice President

It is with great sadness that we share with our FORWARD friends the passing of Sandy Corbett who passed away at her home in Mashpee on September 10, 2019, surrounded by her family and close friends.

Sandy was Vice President of the FORWARD board and was instrumental in creating FORWARD at the Rock, our 8 bedroom housing community for adults with Autism, now under construction in Dennis. She took the lead in solidifying our relationship with Cape Abilities, which will manage the home when finished, and she spearheaded many of our capital campaign fundraising efforts. Sandy’s family has asked that In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to FORWARD, P.O. Box 1174, South Dennis, MA 02660, or on our website,

To honor Sandy and her many wonderful contributions to FORWARD success, the Board of Directors has established the Sandy Corbett Memorial Fund.

Kathy Ohman, FORWARD’s Board President, expressed the feelings of the entire organization when she said “our brave & beautiful Vice- President, Sandy Corbett, passed away after a four year battle with cancer. Sandy was one of the first people I turned to when we started to talk about the possibility of using town land to build housing for people with Autism. As all of you know, she has been dedicated to FORWARD ever since. I am sure we will feel Sandy’s loss for a long time to come.

Below is the full obituary:

Born in Cataumet, MA, raised in Bourne, MA, daughter of the late Herbert and Dorothy (Perry) Kelley, Sandy was a graduate of Bourne High School. She attended Salem State University with a concentration in Business Management. She was a 1992 graduate of the Federal Executive Masters Level Leadership Program and attended a Leadership for Executives Program, Wharton School of Business. Sandy worked for the Federal Government for many years. She retired as the Associate Regional Director for Administrative Services, Northeast Region Headquarters located in Philadelphia, PA. Sandy was FORWARD’s first Vice-President, helping to found this non-profit housing initiative for adults with Autism. She was instrumental in forging a relationship and service agreement with Cape Abilities, to provide Group Home services for two “forever” homes for the developmentally disabled. For five years Sandy worked endlessly on fundraising efforts for FORWARD, significantly contributing to the success of “FORWARD @ the Rock”, which is scheduled to be occupied in Spring, 2020. Sandy traveled extensively for her work as well as for pleasure.

Survivors include her daughter, Olivia Kay Corbett of Sandwich, MA, stepson Doug Corbett, daughter-in-law Cheryl Corbett, grandchildren Julia and Ben Corbett of Marston Mills, MA, sister Nancy Swift of Pocasset, MA, and four half-sisters Michelle Palumbo, Ann Corcoran, Christine Pittsky, Sheila Boutillier, and her significant other, Kevin Ridley of Fremont, NH. Other survivors include numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins. She was predeceased by her sister Olive Alden Mainey and four step-brothers.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to FORWARD, P.O. Box 1174, South Dennis, MA 02660.

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