Sandra Margaret

Date of death:
Saturday December 29, 2018

The Toronto Star, ON

Birnie, Sandra Margaret (nee Dea) Masters in Social Work (University of Toronto) Sandra passed away in Toronto, Ontario on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at the age of 73. A cherished mother, sister, daughter, aunt and dear friend to so many, Sandra was the last in her generation of the Dea family and was predeceased by her sister Diana Ford, her brother John Dea, her father Tom Dea and mother Lucy Maud Dea (Milne). Sandra leaves behind her three sons Thomas Andrew Benjamin Birnie (Gail), James Robert McLaren Birnie (Laura) and David Wilfrid Nicholas Birnie (Carla) and her grandchildren Lochlan, Wilfrid, Kieran, Otis and Marjorie. She will be dearly missed by her sister's children and their families: Katherine Halberg (Chris), Heather Ford (Collin) and David Ford (Christina). Sandra was born on November 12, 1945 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a young girl she immigrated with her family to Toronto, Canada where she would spend the majority of her life. Sandra dedicated her working life to helping others as a social worker and touched the lives of many through her work with organizations including: the Canadian Civil Liberties Association; Children's Aid Society; the Latin American Women's Group (Danforth); Cecil Street Community Centre; United Way of Greater Toronto; St. Christopher House (West Neighbourhood House); and, YouthLink. A woman of inspired curiosity and a generous spirit, Sandra's life stands as an example of the beauty and great value in connecting with and appreciating the simple pleasures life offers us. Food is to be enjoyed, nature is to be explored and friends are to be cherished. Words can hardly do justice to the person Sandra was or the life she lived, but may they stand as a small reminder to us that we were lucky enough to have known her. Godspeed Sandy. We love you. The family will receive friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home A. W. Miles - Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville Avenue) on Thursday, January 10th from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A service will be held at Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Avenue, on Saturday, January 12th at 12:00 p.m. A reception will follow. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Donations in Sandra's memory may be made to F. P. W. R. (Foundation for Prader-Willi Research) or O. P. W. S. A. (Ontario Prader-Willi Syndrome Association). Condolences, photographs and memories may be forwarded through Funeral Home Humphrey Funeral Home A. W. Miles - Newbigging Chapel Limited 1403 Bayview Avenue Toronto, ON M4G 3A8 416-487-4523 Published in the Toronto Star on Jan. 2, 2019

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