July 11, 2021
After making us all laugh along her journey through cancer, Sandy passed away peacefully on July 11, 2021 at Mission Memorial Hospital.
Left behind with so many good memories are her dear friend and soul sister Diane, Diane’s husband and Sandy’s friend Bob, personal angels Cassidy and Brenda, pet support angels Kim and Kati, and her entire London Drugs support family led by Janelle. Sandy was predeceased by her parents, Helen and Ken Morgan, and her many beloved pets.
Sandy was born in Glasgow, Scotland and was always proud of her Scottish heritage. Her extended family moved to Winnipeg when she was one. At the age of two, she met Diane and they became lifelong friends. Sandy graduated from St. John’s High School and was proud to say she was from Winnipeg’s North End.
Some of Sandy’s happiest memories were from her high school years, participating in each year’s musical production and volunteering for the annual Unity Festival. She was a die-hard Beatles fan and many a Beatles record had groves worn deep in the vinyl from repeated plays.
In her 20’s, Sandy followed her parents to Vancouver. She loved living in the West End with her dog Betsy. She worked in a number of clerical jobs before landing at Brinks Home Security where she excelled at helping customers 24/7. When Brinks closed, she moved to Mission to be there for her parents and their Westie Skye in their final years.
Her dad Ken was a twice daily fixture at Heritage Park, walking Skye, providing dog treats and a friendly hello to everyone. After he passed, Sandy took up the park visits with Skye, and later with her dog Sam, sharing laughs with those she met.
In Mission, Sandy found her true “family” when she began working at London Drugs. She was an extremely dedicated, hardworking employee. With her incredible quick wit and humour, Sandy kept customers and fellow employees smiling. Sandy believed her true occupation was to make people laugh.Her London Drugs family provided much love and support when she fell ill in 2020. Sandy was very touched by all the love she was shown as she dealt with cancer. She said it was cancer’s “unexpected gift”. Her positive and upbeat attitude through it all was her gift to us.
Sandy was very grateful for all the medical care and support she received, particularly from Dr. Dayan Muthayan who was with her all the way, her oncologist Dr. Walia, and all the nurses at chemo. She also appreciated the care from the second floor medical staff at Mission Memorial Hospital in her final days.
Sandy loved many animals through her life, hers as well as those who belonged to others. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate in Sandy’s name to the shelter Katie’s Place in Maple Ridge or the animal shelter of their choice.
If wealth be measured in laughs, then we have all been made rich beyond measure by knowing Sand.
A celebration of her life is planned for the picnic shelter in Heritage Park on Thursday, August 5th from 2 to 4 pm. Please bring a chair and your memories. And your pets too!
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