SANDELL, Roy Andrew

76, of Maple Ridge (formerly of Grand Forks, BC), passed away at Ridge Meadows Hospital on March 16, 2014. Roy, born on January 29, 1938 in Vancouver, BC, was predeceased by his parents Andrew Sandell and Milka Jylka and his brother Armant Sandell.

Roy is survived by his son, Tony Sandell of Coquitlam, BC; step-daughter, Dana Bis of Langley, BC; and long-time companion and friend, Dale Hunter of Maple Ridge, BC.

Roy was a concrete finisher for many years in Maple Ridge and spent time working at Pacific Abrasives in Grand Forks. Many will remember Roy by his unforgettable eyebrows which were long enough to act as a built-in visor and protected his eyes from the sun. When Roy wasn’t watching tennis, acting as a crime reporter from his balcony or practicing to be a brooding Finn, he could be found trying to explain Seinfeld episodes while laughing so hysterically he couldn’t breathe or be understood. Grandpa Roy will especially be missed by his grandchildren, Emily Sandell and Nathan Bis, who will no longer have their appetites ruined by unauthorized cookies right before dinner.

Those wishing to honor Roy’s memory are asked to send their condolences to the vodka and tobacco industries that are, no doubt, wondering why sales have plummeted.

A celebration of life will be held at: Maple Ridge Legion, Branch # 88, 12101 224th Street Maple Ridge, BC June 14, 2014 from 11 am to 2 pm.

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