Saturday, June 22, 2024
June 22, 2024


 ENGLISH, SANDRA (nee SKINNER) March 20, 1944 – April 27, 2024. Passed away peacefully at the Good Samaritan Delta View Care Home at age 80. 

Sandra was born to Wallace and Olive (nee Bain) Skinner in Sydney, Nova Scotia, and was close to her maternal grandmother “Ma Bain.” Sandy was predeceased by her infant brother, Robert, and recently lost her eldest brother, Wally. She is survived by her twin brother, Carl (BC), and siblings Donald and Debbie (NS), and Jane (NB), their spouses, and nieces and nephews. 

As a young woman, she made the bold move to the west coast to continue her career. In 1973, she married Gordon English, and the two were very happily married until Gordon’s passing in 2016. They visited family in the Maritimes through the years, keeping the west/ east connection alive. Sandy became part of the extended English family, and will be missed by her stepchildren Elizabeth, Susan, Geoffrey, Janet, and Diane, their spouses, children, and grandchildren. Many thanks to Janet and her husband Bruce for their attention to her care and the wonderful gift of music, and thanks to the dedicated staff of Delta View. 

Sandy and Gordon made Salt Spring Island their retirement home in the 1980s. They enjoyed boating, golfing, and playing tennis with their many friends. Sandra discovered a passion for stitching and was renowned for her award-winning hooked rugs. She also enjoyed working at the Waterfront Gallery and helping Gordon with his fundraising efforts for the hospital and Meadowbrook Seniors Residence. Her effervescent personality, boundless energy, and positive approach to life made being with her a true joy for everyone. The family will be holding a private memorial service at a later date.


  1. Our deep condolences to Sandy and Gordon’s families.
    We spend many occasions with them especially as Sid and Gord served on the Lady Minto Hospital Board and during the building of Meadowbrook.
    Sandy and I being ex-Maritimers found much in common.
    Her genuine personality, positive nature and kindness made her a lovely friend.
    May she and Gord have smooth sailing together
    Sid and Lyda Smith


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