Sandy was born in Trail in 1920 and has lived his entire life in Trail except for three years in the Army. He joined the Maple Leaf Band at ten years old and was still playing with the Band until 2016. After completing High School, Business College and Army service, he started his own business in Trail called Sandy’s Music and Record Store as well as opening the first mail order outlet of the Robert Simpson Company in 1946. After many upward transitions and name changes, it was a very proud day when the brand new, much enlarged Sears stored opened its doors in 1960. Sandy retired from Sears in 1978 but continued in business in Trail, co-owning Totem Travel for some years. He enjoyed traveling, along with organizing and going along, being the tour host on his bus trips to Reno. He was actively involved in the community through the years as a member of the Trail Gyro Club, and one of the original founders of the Fiesta Days/Silver City Days and continued to served for many years on the Trail Festival Society. He enjoyed his time curling in the Trail Curling Club. As well as his long membership in the Maple Leaf Band, he played trumpet and drums with the Serenader Dance Band and others through the 1940’s to 1960’s. His family, work and music were his greatest loves.
Sandy was predeceased by his wife Kay, his parents Marianna and Raffaele Di Pasquale and by his older sisters Evelyn, Belgina and Eva as well as his son-in-law Bezal. He is survived by his younger sister Mary Ferguson in Victoria, by his three children, Terry, Ron (Deb) and Sandra (John), by his five grandchildren and three great grandchildren and many nephews and nieces. He will be dearly missed by his family.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish on
Monday, February 27, 2017 at 10:30 am with Father Bart van Roijen, Celebrant. Al Grywacheski of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements. Interment will take place at a later date.
As an expression of sympathy, donations in Sandy’s name may be made to the KBRH Foundation 1200 Hospital Bench, Trail BC V1R 4M1 or online at www.kbrhhealthfoundation.ca or to a charity of your choice.
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online register at www.myalternatives.ca