Prudence Regan

Prudence Regan (Sanford)

Friday, September 11th, 2020
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Prudence (Prue) Sanford Regan, beloved wife of the late John M. (Jack) Regan, Jr., and matriarch of the Regan family that grew to include six children, nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren, died peacefully at her home in Westerly R.I. on Friday, September 11, 2020. She was 97.

Raised in Cranford, NJ, Prue was the daughter of Harold Crooker and Prudence Rindell Sanford and sister to the late Jane S. Ziegler. The two sisters grew up as best friends; their parents placed them in the same class at the Kent Place School in Summit, NJ so that they could experience high school together. Prue graduated from Bradford Junior College. She met Jack Regan on a blind date in the fall of 1948. They soon married and began a 62-year magic carpet ride together that took them to places at home and abroad and exposed them to experiences they could scarcely have imagined when first they met. Jack died in 2011.

As the family expanded and moved to Morristown, NJ, Wellesley, MA, Bedford, NY and Manhattan in support of Jack’s flourishing career, Prue provided the unifying force at home. She juggled with ease and grace what it means to be an exceptional spouse and mother. She thrived in her role as the guiding light for the family. With an occasional nudge, Prue shepherded her children gently through life while providing a wonderful example in how to select the right life partner and build a strong marriage.

An avid painter and indefatigable gardener, Prue delighted in painting and working in her gardens at her homes in Bedford, Ocean Ridge, FL and Watch Hill, RI. She was an award-winning member of the Bedford Garden Club and the Garden Club of America. In 1984 and 1985, she served as Gala Chair of the Friends of the Inner-City Scholarship Fund, a foundation that supports students in the schools of the Archdiocese of New York City. She was particularly proud that art, education and philanthropy have played a central role in all of her children’s lives. The Misquamicut Club, the Watch Hill Yacht Club, the River Club, the Bedford Golf and Tennis Club and the Ocean Club provided her with years of enjoyment.

Prue is survived by six children including John M. “Mac” Regan, III (Tracy) of Watch Hill, Deborah R. Edwards (Douglas) of Hartsdale, NY, Peter M. Regan (Aviva) of Cooperstown, NY, R. Christopher Regan (Leslie) of Katonah, NY, Prudence R. “Rindy” Hallarman (Peter) of Lincolnshire, IL and William M. Regan of New York, NY; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. The family extends its heartfelt thanks to the nursing teams from St. Elizabeth at Home and Hope Health and to Grace Brown, Prue’s home manager, all of whom cared for her in a devoted, loving manner for several years.

A private funeral service will be held by the family. A Celebration of Prue’s Life is planned for next July in Watch Hill. For online condolences please visit The family requests any donations be made to the Inner-City Scholarship Fund, 1011 First Avenue #1400, New York, NY 10022-4112, in memory of Prue and Jack.
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Theresa Antonio

Posted at 07:31pm
Our Deepest sympathy to Billy and the entire family. Your Mom was indeed an angel among us. Keeping you in our prayers during this difficult time.
David and Theresa Antonio

Danielle King

Posted at 10:25am
My Condolences, to the Regan family, it was my pleasure to have met Pru, her children, and their significant others, Pru and I grew a special friendship, with laughter and I will miss her greatly, Pru introduced me to watching skating as I never watched before, and I fell in love with it, because of me bragging about it, my daughter wants to enroll in classes in October, I can carry on for hours, days, months, years of the time I spent with Pru, she knows how much she will be missed by all I Love and Miss you Pru Always in my Heart and Thoughts, Danielle King


Posted at 06:16pm
I met Mrs Regan on a MMC Board of Directors trip to San Francisco in 1986 and was struck by her poise and grace. I know Rhode Island held a special spot in their lives. I am sorry for your loss.
Anne, Providence

Peter Wilson

Posted at 03:52pm
Peter & I are glad that we were able to experience the warmth & hospitality of Prue and her family on many occasions over the years. We know she will be missed.
Peter & Cindy Wilson, aka "The Married Couple"

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