Peter Henry Sandiford
2 April, 1937 – 21 April, 2021
Sandiford, Peter (April 2, 1937- April 21, 2021)
Passed away peacefully on April 21, 2021 with his best friend and chosen family, Louise Kublick, by his side- fittingly listening to the Sound of Music soundtrack. Predeceased by his parents Lorne and Reese Sandiford and his sister Su.
Peter will be missed by many friends, colleagues and families at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Leaside. As a longtime volunteer and former staff, Peter dedicated most of his life to support kids with disabilities and their families. He was a constant friendly face, a source of many laughs and a kind hearted friend. Special thanks to Michelle, Greg, Tanya, Kirsti, Alison, Yoonis, Gerald and so many others from his Bayview community who helped support him - especially through this last year. Special thanks to Steve and Dominic from Badali’s Fruit Market and the Byford family who were wonderful neighbours and friends.
Peter was an example to many on living a meaningful and independent disabled life. He proudly graduated from the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara California and moved back to Ontario to begin his career. He joined Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital (then Ontario Society for Crippled Children) as the medical photographer in 1962. Peter later took on administrative roles before retiring and becoming a volunteer. Peter supported the Foundation team for many years, was a valued front desk greeter and also supported the dental and aquatics teams.
Peter lived in Leaside and many in the community knew him well. He loved taking his scooter downtown to eat at Jimmy the Greek in the Eaton Centre and was an avid movie watcher. He had a point system and rated every movie he watched - Sound of Music was always a favourite (he shared often and with pride, that he had seen it more than 200 times) and it was an 11/10. Peter had a presence in his neighbourhood and made friends everywhere he went.
Please leave a special message or memory on this page along with any photos you may have. These will be collected and made into a memory book for his closest friends.
As was Peter’s wish, donations in his memory can be made to Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation.
While we can’t gather together now, an event will be planned at Holland Bloorview when it is safe to do so. Peter loved celebrating and would want us all to gather to share jokes, talk about the latest blockbusters and have a Pepsi together in his honour.
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Peter Henry Sandiford
4 May 2021
On the day I started working in the Foundation, Peter zoomed into the office, looked me up and down and said, "I took your picture when you were a baby". I knew instantly what he meant. As the staff photographer, he would have taken still pictures and home -movie style films of me as one of the first clients of the organization. Then he zoomed off saying, "I work in the archives too. I'm going to find your file." He was so disappointed that the record were 'lost'. After that not a day went by without some story from one or both of us about the growing up and working at Holland Bloorview. Peter was a remarkable human being and I will always be grateful for the years we were friends and colleagues. Tracey
3 May 2021
I live a few blocks west of Bayview and several times had a chance to talk to Peter. He was a wonderful fellow. Sometimes he and I would be on the Davisville bus, and he would just be coming home from an afternoon movie showing downtown. He loved movies and we had lots to chat about. Occasionally in nice weather I would see that he pulled up on his electric scooter just outside the railing around the McSorley's patio having a libation. He sure squeezed life as much as possible to enjoy himself. Cheerful man. Am sorry he has gone.
28 April 2021
I had many conversations with Peter about life, aging ( I recently retired from Holland Bloorview), and the state of the world. However my favourite conversations were about things he knew about the real scoop on what he overheard or saw when people thought he wasn’t paying attention ! He also was respectful when escorting families to appointments and answered children’s questions with compassion and an understanding of the innocent curiosity of children. He will be missed.