Following an accidental fall down a flight of stairs, Sandy passed away peacefully, among friends and colleagues, at Collingwood General and Marine Hospital.
She was 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 stepchildren, 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.
Upon her return to Canada, she returned to college to requalify as a registered nurse.
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.