March 29, 1917 – May 16, 2017
Joan Sandground was born in Hove, England on March 29, 1917. Shortly after the war, in 1947, Joan and her husband Sandy packed up their two small children and immigrated to Canada arriving in Vancouver in March of that year. She loved living in Canada but never forgot her roots in England.
Joan passed away shortly after celebrating her 100th birthday with friends and relatives, having received an official visit from an RCMP officer (in full Red Serge) with a letter of congratulations from Queen Elizabeth II. It was a dream of hers to receive this acknowledgement, as she was a true monarchist, and she was delighted to reach her goal.
Joan loved all animals but in particular cats. During her lifetime she never had a home that did not include a very spoiled and indulged feline reclining on a very comfortable bed, couch, or wherever they chose to sleep.
Joan was a avid reader, knitter, and did amazing petit point but her passion was gardening. She spent many long hours creating the most amazing gardens in all the homes she lived in. She was a constant source of information for her daughters as they created their own gardens.
Joan believed very strongly in the “Rainbow Bridge” and we like to think of her now, greeting all those pets that have gone before her.