JOSEPH GORDON (SANDY) SANDERSON

Bob SANDERSON

SANDERSON, JOSEPH GORDON (SANDY) 1922-2010

Gordon Sanderson (Sandy) passed away peacefully with family by his side on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at the Village at Smith Creek. Born on June 2, 1922 to Peachland pioneers, W.B. (Billy) and Jenny Sanderson, Sandy lived almost all of his life in Peachland, leaving only to serve overseas during WW II and to work in Sri Lanka in the 1970’s. Sandy grew up churning butter, canning fruit, and working the family orchard on Princeton Avenue, in the same house he brought up his own family. After attending school in the old Peachland Elementary school on Beach Avenue for Gr. 1 to 11, Sandy worked the orchard full time and logged in the bush behind Peachland. He joined the Army in 1942 and served overseas with the Calgary Highlanders and the North Nova Scotia Highlanders, landing in Normandy on the evening of D-Day. He was wounded twice. The second time he was rafted down a Belgian river for medical help and, after spending several months in an English hospital, he was shipped home in a body cast, crossing the Atlantic on the Ile de France and crossing Canada by train. Sandy went back to orchard work and logging, working for Trautman and Garraway Sawmill Co. in Peachland, SM Simpson Sawmills, and Crown Zellerbach as foreman of a logging crew and road superintendent. He spent many long nights grading logging roads both in the bush and for the Municipality of Peachland, always with his dog Nub running shotgun. In 1946, Sandy married Dorothy (Dot) Miller and they spent the next 25 years working and raising their family and being involved in the community of Peachland. They lost their son Gordon in a tragic car accident in1969. In 1971 they travelled to Sri Lanka (Ceylon) where Sandy worked for CIDA teaching road building techniques and logging. Just a few months after their arrival in Sri Lanka Dot died at the age of 47. After bringing her home, Sandy returned to Sri Lanka for several years. He married Christine Rezel in 1973. In 1977, after returning to Peachland, Sandy became the proud father of son John, 10 days after becoming a grandfather! He continued to work in the logging industry for several years and worked his grader and his hay field on Sanderson Avenue until well into his 70’s. He was a master storyteller and a great listener, always asking questions and wanting to learn new things about people and places. He taught his children and grandchildren a love of learning and a love for travel. He was a proud member of the Peachland Royal Canadian Legion Branch #69, serving for many years as the spokesman for the Remembrance Day ceremonies and more recently as the reader of the Role of Honour. He was able to continue to read the Honour Roll until November 2009 by being filmed in hospital while he was in care. He was a member of the Trepanier Masonic Lodge, the original Peachland Curling Club, a former member of Peachland Council, and was very active in the community. Sandy is survived by his loving family; wife Christine and their son John, daughters Jennifer (Gary) Reece and Linda (Fred) McNeill, daughter-in-law, Lonnie and his much loved grandchildren Koreen & Daryn Reece, Erika McNeill, and Sylas Joseph Sanderson. Also, survived by nieces and nephews and his sister-in-law Geneva Miller as well as by Christine’s extended family in England and Australia. Predeceased by his beloved wife Dot, his much loved son Gordie, and his brother Bill. The family wishes to thank Veteran’s Affairs Canada for their support, particularly over the past four years and the staff at the Village of Smith Creek for their compassionate care of Dad for the past year. We also thank Mel Fondrick, good friend, as well as the many Peachland people who supported his jam-making efforts and listened to his stories! He will be missed by family and friends whose lives he warmed with his big smile and bright blue eyes. A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 1:00 PM at the Peachland Community Centre, 4450 – 6th Street, Peachland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon, #4 – 1551 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9M9. Funeral Arrangements entrusted to Valleyview Funeral Home (Kelowna) (250) 765-3147 Honoured Provider of Dignity Memorial. Condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.valleyviewfuneralhome.com


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