Sandra Andrews

Sandra Andrews

Tuesday, December 7th, 1937 - Saturday, June 27th, 2020
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December 7, 1937 – June 27, 2020

Following an accidental fall down a flight of stairs, Sandy passed away peacefully among friends and colleagues at Collingwood General and Marine Hospital. She is predeceased by her father, Alex King, her mother, Marjorie King (McBride), her sister, Gail Pugh and her husbands, James Andrews and Oscar Peterson. She is survived by her stepmother, Claire King, her sister, Helen Morgan (the late Robert), her brother, William “Bill” King (Sylvie Lavoie) and a great many step children, step grandchildren, step great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Born in Kirkland Lake and raised in Kitchener, Hamilton and Toronto, Sandy graduated from Etobicoke Collegiate and Toronto General Hospital School of Nursing. She immediately began working at TGH as an OR nurse during the beginning of open heart surgeries. She became a Head OR nurse at TGH and at Grace Hospital in Toronto.

Soon thereafter, she met, fell in love with and married jazz pianist, Oscar Peterson, and she travelled most of the world with him for the 60’s and first part of the 70’s. Sandy and Oscar divorced in 1974 and she began working in the customer service department of Sears Canada.

Sandy continued at Sears until she married James Andrews, after which she moved to Nashville, TN for the next 12 years. Since returning to Canada in 2000, she has travelled to Nashville once or twice a year to maintain all the close friendships developed during her time there.

Upon her return to Canada, she returned to college to requalify as a registered nurse. She then joined Collingwood General and Marine Hospital from which she retired on her 80th birthday.
Sandy was a very busy person. She was an avid golfer and bridge player and was very involved with Probus, the Cinema Club and book clubs. She was a voracious reader and a lover of all music, but especially jazz. She was a philanthropist, a wonderful cook and fabulous baker. She was an extraordinary hostess.

Always there to help any and all of her friends and family she was an extremely generous woman loved by all. She had incredible presence in any situation with a smile and infectious laugh that could be heard everywhere.
She will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her.

The family wish to thank the medical staff at both Collingwood General and Marine Hospital and Sunnybrook Hospital Critical Care Unit for the extraordinary care given to Sandy. Collingwood Hospital, in particular, went above and beyond in both the care and kindness given to Sandy and that shown to the family.

Cremation has already taken place. A celebration of life will be held when conditions allow it. Sandy always loved a good party.

Donations to the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.
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Debi Truslove

Posted at 02:34pm
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Posted at 12:09pm
I worked with Sandy at the G & M , what a great mentor she was to us all, ever the nurse with the compassion for not only her patients, but their families and her co-workers. The stories she shared of her life experiences, and her laugh - how I cherish having shared those great laughs with her. I am going to miss her cheerful voice on the other end of the phone as I called her to let her know anything going on socially, she would always say " I will be there with bells on " . Such a great lady . I shall attempt to attach a document with comments from a FB posting of Sandy's passing for the family to share.

Ellie Fellows Lowe

Posted at 06:53am
Please accept my sincere condolences. I was one of Sandy's classmates at TGH and recently spent some time with her at our 60th Reunion. Sandy lit up any room she walked into with her charismatic personality, smile and humour. Very impressive that Sandy retired at the age of 80. She was a kind and dedicated nurse for many years and will be missed by many people.

Jerry Fowler ( Harris)

Posted at 09:48am
Sandy was a great friend for many years. I will truly miss my roomie at future nursing reunions.
Rest in Peace,
Jerry Fowler ( Harris)

Ellie Wannamaker

Posted at 10:06am
i am so sorry to hear that Sandy has passed away. I was her neighbour for several years on Woodland Court and enjoyed her company many times. We continued to share jokes after I sold my place but I have many fond memories of her and the street.

Ellie Wannamaker

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