An all-around good guy with a dry sense of humor

WAKEFIELD — Alan H. Sachs, 76, a longtime resident of Wakefield, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at Winchester Hospital.

Born in Boston on September 22, 1945, Alan was a son of the late Samuel and Anna (Weisberg) Sachs. Intelligent and hard working, Alan received a Master’s Degree in Education and became a Boston Public School teacher. He worked in numerous schools over his career, primarily teaching high school English. Alan also served as a tutor, and took a special interest in ensuring students success in the college application process.

Alan was married to his wife Marlene in 1977 and they settled in Wakefield to raise a family of two sons. Although he worked hard, Alan made every effort to be present for his son’s activities and sporting events. He enjoyed taking them bowling, going on family vacations, and always had them on his mind.

Alan had numerous interests that made him happy. He was an animal lover, especially cats, and nursed many rescue cats back to health. With a love of knowledge, he was an avid reader, and movie buff. He enjoyed historical books and movies, and especially enjoyed documentaries. He loved growing tomatoes, sharing freely with his friends and neighbors.

During summers off from working, Alan traveled the world for three weeks for many years. He frequently rented a home in Europe and took excursions to new and old places. Alan was a member of the Wakefield Retired Men’s Club, former member of the Methuen Gun Club, and often used the Wakefield Public Library as a resource to learn new things. He found strength and joy in walking Lake Quannapowitt nearly everyday for many years.

An all-around good guy, Alan will be remembered for his love of a good meal, his dry sense of humor, and his thoughtful, generous nature. He will be deeply missed, but always lovingly remembered.

Alan was the beloved husband of Marlene J. (Gormady) Sachs with whom he shared 44 years of marriage. Devoted father of Daniel Sachs and Bob Sachs, both of Reading. Special cousin of Steve Sachs of Framingham. Alan is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

Services for Alan will be private. If you wish, donations in his memory may be made to PAWS Wakefield, 411 Lowell St., Wakefield MA 01880. For online tribute visit