This great sadness we announce the accidental death of Sir WA (Sandy) Sandhals.
He and his family immigrated from Norway when he was 2 years old. They lived in Port Essington when his father had a gill netting boat and fished on the Skeena. The family swelled to 7 children, Widar was the middle child, and was the last to survive at 93 years. He loved to hunt and fish and finally purchased an ocean boat so he could fish out of Kitimat with family. He worked on fish boats as far up as Alaska. He was a veteran of World War II, was taken prisoner, but escaped. After the war he went to BCIT to receive his Diesel Engineer Ticket. He worked on the Imperial Oil Tanker that ran from Ioco (Vancouver) to Pr. Rupert for 6 years. He was chief engineer at Terrace Power Plant until Kemano was on line, and this plant was no longer needed. Hydro sent him to Sandspit (Queen Charolette Islands) Duncan, Fort St. John and finally to Terrace where he worked as district manager and area manager and retired at 65. He had a terrific sense of humour and was always kind and thoughtful. He was a true gentleman, loved his family and was so proud of them.
He received the medal from France, entitled to be called “Sir”.
He was elected to represent Reg. Stikine for 2 terms, and served on Hospital Board and Library Board. Was President for over 20 years of the Co-op until it closed. He was a proud member of the Legion, and was the first President of the Lakelse Association.
He leaves to mourn his wife of 63 years Jo, three children, Randy Penner (Bill), John (Lorna), Samantha Lee. Nine grandchildren, Dana (Collin), Denis (Cynthia), Erin, Skyler (Krystal), Torence (Jamie), Lyric (Aaron), Brixton, Vidar, Brynja. And two great granddaughters, Kasey and Savanah and several nieces and nephews.
He will be sadly missed. The family wished to thank people for their thoughtfulness and last but not least, Dr. Brown and the nurses at Mills Memorial Hospital for their kindness.
“To live in hearts is not to die”
No service will be held by his request.