28 December 1963 – 23 July 2023
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sandra Elinor Robertson (nee Milne) on 23 July 2023 at the Selkirk Regional Health Centre. She passed away peacefully with her family by her side.
Sandra will always be lovingly remembered by her husband of 34 years, Jack and son, Travis. She is survived by sisters Donna Despins and Nancy (Tim) Flook, mother-in-law Sheila Robertson, sister-in-law Betty (Norm) Goriak, and her nephews and nieces, Doug (Jenn) Despins, Blair (Shaleen) Despins, Neal (Miranda) Despins, Chris (Colleen) Flook, Andrew (Julie) Flook and Meaghan (Mike) Manny, Brenda (Matt) Hager and Bonnie DesRoches, numerous great nephews and nieces and a great-great nephew.
Sandra was predeceased by her parents Bill and Ruby Milne, father-in-law Donald Robertson and brother-in-law Les Despins.
Sandra was born 28 December 1963 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She attended Laura Secord School and graduated from Gordon Bell High School. Her chosen occupation was Educational Assistant for students with special needs in Winnipeg School Division 1. In 2017 she retired and entered the next phase of adventures.
Jack and Sandra were married on 5 August 1989 at Maryland United Church in Winnipeg. They moved to St. Andrews in 1993 and welcomed their son Travis in 1999. They loved to travel, with Texas being almost a yearly event to visit extended family. Fun times were also had when they ventured to the Maritimes, Alberta, Disney World, Daytona, Northern Manitoba, Scotland, and Ireland.
Sandra was very proud of her Scottish heritage and accompanied friends and family to many functions including Highland dancing, Scottish games, and Winnipeg Police Pipe Band events.
She was a proud hockey mother in the community and one of Travis’ loudest and strongest vocal supporters.
Other enjoyments were long walks with her faithful companion, a Keeshond named Mukluk. The family enjoyed their outdoor adventures fishing summer and winter, hiking, and biking. Another enjoyment was tending her flower garden. She could also be found shooting hoops, playing street hockey, and football with Jack and Travis. In quiet times she enjoyed curling up with a good book.
During Jack’s firefighting career, many times Sandra took it upon herself to take on the role of both parents and eagerly ran Travis and his friends to and from sporting events, planning and hosting many celebrations, her favourite being Christmas.
Sandra was Jack’s confidante and supported him with wisdom, quiet words, and a safe place to be. Jack and Sandra enjoyed many mornings and evenings having coffee on the deck or around the campfire and reminiscing about past times and planning new adventures together. Even when not planning adventures, they loved just being with each other.
Sandra will always be remembered for her generosity, kindness, and love of others. She cherished life and lived every day knowing that it is precious and never took it for granted.
Thank you for the life we shared. My tears are saying what my words cannot. You will be forever in my heart. Rest easy dear, till we meet again.
A Celebration of Life will take place on Tuesday, August 8, 2023 at 11a.m. in the Selkirk Community Church 6569 Provincial Trunk Highway # 9, St. Andrews, MB
Friends and family are invited to share memories and condolences on Sandra’s memorial page by using the comment section below.