SANDERSON, Warren June 22nd, 1940 - March 12th, 2013 Warren was born in Ladysmith, BC, and passed away in Victoria, BC, peacefully, with his beloved family by his side, Tuesday morning. Warren was predeceased by his father Bill, and his mother Julie. He leaves behind his devoted wife Karol; his five children, Debbie (Bruce), Sandra, Cheryl (Samuel), Rick (Cindy), Darrin (Marley). He also leaves behind his special seven grandchildren, Karla (Lindsay), Kristi (Mike), Ryan, Mallory, Jordi, Rebecca (Blake), and Nick, and his two extra special great-grandchildren, Carter and Ayla; as well as other extended family members. Warren is also survived by his siblings, Babe (Bob), John (Marion), Ray (Joan), Susan (Mike) and Archie (Debbie), and numerous nieces and nephews. Last but not least, his favorite in-laws, Kathleen, Bill (Fran), Johnny, and Jim (Marilyn). Warren was employed by the Municipality of Esquimalt for 25 years and retired early due to a severe stroke in 1997. Prior to his stroke, Warren was involved in minor sports, whether that was coaching, sitting on the executives, or volunteering where ever he could. In 1978 Warren was the founding president of Victoria/Esquimalt Minor Hockey and Victoria/Esquimalt Minor Lacrosse, when they were amalgamated. For the past 14 years, he was a member of the Victoria Stroke Recovery Association, and made many dear friends there. For the past 15 years Warren had diligently followed the staff in Esquimalt to ensure they had been doing as good of a job as he had, although no one had leaned on the shovel quite like he had! Following his stroke, Warren spent many hours at the Esquimalt Recreation Center, "swimming laps" (as he told Karol), and "Swimin with the Women". He also spent many hours following the Jr "B" Cougar Hockey Team, as well as any Shamrock Game that was being played. Over the last six months Warren's health had declined and he missed his close friends especially his friends at the arena and the recreation center. Thank you Dr. Chkipov and Yvonne for giving him the special attention he deserved; he loved going into your office! Warren requested that no funeral service be held and his ashes to be spread at Transfer Beach in Ladysmith on his birthday. Condolences may be offered on his online obituary. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the local Cocker Spaniel Rescue www.angelsunderourwings.com Warren's childhood buddy was Prince the Spaniel. "Give your loved one a hug, and make sure you smile every day."
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Published in Victoria Times Colonist on Mar. 14, 2013