- Our Town
A feisty fighter, a true Bowen Islander
To the Editor:
Long time Bowen resident Sandy Winton passed away on December 22, after a long and valiant struggle with cancer. There was a very beautiful celebration of life for her on January 11, attended by many island residents who had known her for many years.
The very warm and deeply felt statements at her celebration of life spoke of a truly positive, cheerful person who remained so throughout the challenges of her life. They spoke of a caring, nurturing and loving person whose nursing career and community activities reflected her great joy of life and compassion for her fellow human beings, especially for those most vulnerable and disadvantaged - as well as the four legged creatures who share our journey.
After everyone had spoken at Collins Hall, I walked over to her husband Peter to offer my condolences. In a pensive moment, Peter mentioned that Sandy was a true ambassador for Bowen Island.
After we parted, I took a moment to look at the faces of many old friends who had gathered together in her memory. And as I did so, and reflected upon the graceful and elegant heart felt words that were spoken, the truth of Peter's words was indeed self-evident.
Beyond her warm heart, Sandy was also a feisty fighter for the causesthat mattered greatly to her.
She was a true Bowen Islander who reflected the spirit we share as a people.