Alexander (Sandy) Patrick Wakeling was born in Montreal, Quebec on January 22, 1971 to Carmen Lemelin and Terry Wakeling. He was soon joined by a sister, Tammy. Being both French and English, Sandy proudly embodied Canadian uniqueness and was a life-long booster of all things Canuck. When his family moved to Port Elgin, Ontario, he quickly surrounded himself with buddies. His many friendships were like his collection of Canadian memorabilia: he cherished them, kept them close, and enjoyed the entertainment they provided. Sandy's wit was a defining characteristic, and doing things for others came naturally to him. He was also a superb listener. You felt, when speaking to him, that you had his undivided attention. Politics was his passion. From Carleton University Students' Association (where he met Alison Biggs), to leadership campaigns, to provincial, federal and municipal elections, Sandy thrived "in the thick of it." He had strong values, a commitment to helping people, and a wide pragmatic streak. Most of all, he was a servant of his community; in Pitt Meadows he volunteered in many capacities, most notably as a key organizer of the Terry Fox Run. He was particularly well-suited for a communications career, and an earlier adopter of social media. His contributions to the social media aspect of Premier Christy Clark's campaign caught the attention of many. When he was diagnosed with GIST, a rare form of intestinal cancer, both Sandy and Alison tackled it as they did everything in life: as a team. Through surgeries and chemo regimens, Sandy worked, volunteered, gardened. Most of all, he spent time with his beautiful boys, William and Sebastien. Sandy spent countless hours on nature walks, bike rides and outings with his sons. He taught them to ski, nurtured their hobbies and was a constant source of entertaining stories. The family traveled widely. On Canada Day 2013, the Pitt Meadows Community Foundation named Sandy Citizen of the Year. Dr. Doug Bing, MLA read his many accomplishments into the record of the British Columbia Legislature. Sandy died July 27th, at home, in the arms of his devoted wife, Alison. He leaves behind his sons, William (11) and Sebastien (9), his mother Carmen Lemelin, father Terry Wakeling, sister Tammy Murphy (Burke), nieces Addison and Alexa, grandmother Mary Hopf, and mother-in-law Brenda Biggs. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Wakeling Family's Pitt Meadows Terry Fox Run Team. "Let us be English or let us be French . . . and above all let us be Canadians." - Sir John A Macdonald
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Published in The Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Times from Aug. 1 to Aug. 3, 2013