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Shirley May Sandford

August 26, 1922 - August 13, 2018


SANDFORD, Shirley May August 26, 1922 to August 13, 2018 It is with sadness, we share that Shirley Sandford (Brethour) passed away peacefully in her 96th year with her family by her side at Chemainus Health Care Centre. Predeceased by her husband, Jim Sandford in 1986, parents, Blanche (Speiran) and Clifford Brethour and her step-mother Annie Brethour (Corner); mom is survived by her daughters Judith, Marilyn, and Mary Ellen, son-in-law Barry Bartlett, grandson Joshua Sandford and step-sister Barbara Hurlbert and her family. As well, mom leaves behind friends and family, both in British Columbia and Ontario. Raised on a dairy farm near Sunderland Ontario, mom went on to begin her teaching career in a one room schoolhouse in Brooklin Ontario. A dedicated teacher, she continued her professional growth by completing a 2 year post-secondary program in teaching the deaf. Her 32 years teaching at Sir James Whitney School (O.S.D.) in Belleville were both rewarding and impactful. In her busy life, raising her family, teaching full time and juggling the crazy schedule of a CNR trainman, mom always remained true to her priorities of family, being of service and her profession. Her daughters cherish the sense of family, strong work ethic and the values passed on to them by both of their parents. Mom will be remembered for her intellect, laughter, love of music, continual quest for knowledge, commitment to fairness, and most of all a strong character with a loving nature. Following in the Sandford tradition of loving train travel, mom moved across the country to Victoria with her belongings and car on the on the train in 1992 to be closer to her girls. Typically, she embraced her new home and surroundings by taking courses at UVic, being of service to her community volunteering at Government House and Oak Bay Seniors Centre, joining the Art Gallery and Royal Museum, and last but not least, being an integral part of the lives of her daughters and grandson. The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff at Chemainus Health Care Centre and to Dr. Manhas for his kind and thoughtful nature in his care of mom. At mom’s request, internment and a gathering will take place in Belleville, Ontario at a later date. If you wish, donations to Chemainus Health Care Foundation, specifically to Chemainus Health Care Centre In Memory of Shirley Sandford, would be appreciated. Details on how to donate can be found at: www.chemainushealthcarefoundation.ca


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From: Bill Huzar
Relation: Colleague

Shirley’s colleagues in the Retired Teachers of Ontario in Victoria wish to express their condolences to her family at their loss. Shirley was an active member of the Victoria group and remembered fondly by all those who knew and worked with her.

From: Vicki Young
Relation: I know one f her daughters

So sorry for your loss Marilyn, she was a lovely lady. Will always remember her and the gum at Kelsey. RIP.

From: the Whitney-Browns
Relation: we know her daughter Marilyn

Dear Marilyn,
We know how much you cherished and enjoyed your time with your mom over all these years. You will miss her. We send tenderness and hope you and your family have special times remembering and celebrating her long and loving life.
all the Whitney-Brown family

From: Claire Spencer

Marilyn, I was so sorry to hear about your dear mother. I have been thinking of you and send you my sincere condolences.

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