OBITUARY

Sister M. Bonaventure Mary Gertrude Sandford

February 10, 1927June 9, 2021

Sister Bonaventure Sandford, CSJ died peacefully at the Sisters of St. Joseph Residence, 2 O’Connor Drive, Toronto, Ontario on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 in the 77th year of her religious life.

Sister Bonaventure is predeceased by her parents, Fredrick J. Sandford and Kathleen (nee Blake) Sandford. She will be sadly missed by her sister Loretto K. Sandford and her brothers Edward and Fred Sandford (Mary Anne) their families, her Sisters in community, many former students, colleagues and friends.

Sister Bonaventure grew up in Mimico where she was educated by the Sisters of St. Joseph. Following graduation, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto, on September 8, 1944. Sister Bonaventure pursued the teaching profession obtaining a Masters degree in Education. She taught and was principal at both the elementary and the secondary school level mostly in the Toronto area. In 1975, Sister Bonaventure taught at St. Joseph’s Morrow Park High School and in 1977 was appointed principal of the school until 1989. At her farewell, she was commended for her excellent contribution to the field of education and for her understanding and commitment to staff and students.

Following her retirement, Sister Bonaventure ministered at St. Joseph’s Spirituality Centre at Morrow Park. In her subsequent ministry to the Sisters in the Morrow Park Infirmary she was known for her kindness, attentiveness, and support for both staff and Sisters. Bonnie’s brother, Ed, played for the Boston Bruins and she became a life long fan of both hockey and baseball.

In 2015 as her health declined Sister Bonaventure resided at the Sisters of St. Joseph Residence where she received excellent care until God called her home.

There will be a private Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, June 14, 2021, followed by Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Thornhill.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fontbonne Ministries 101 Thorncliffe Park Drive, Toronto, ON M4H 1M2.

Services

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Memories

Sister M. Bonaventure Mary Gertrude Sandford

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Mary Lou Tims

June 18, 2021

Sr. Bonaventure's tenure as SJMP Principal began in the late 1970's during my grade 13 year. I have happy memories of regular meetings with her over the course of that year because of student council involvement. She was a really kind woman who genuinely took an interest in students. She encouraged and supported our efforts, and clearly communicated that challenging oneself was a positive thing. I have fond memories of my talks with Sr. Bonaventure both as a grade 13 student, and again in later life when our paths once again crossed. I am grateful for all that she did. May she rest in peace. I extend my sincere sympathy to Sr. Bonaventure's family and to the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Helen Sandford/Doornbos

June 14, 2021

We want to thank The Sisters of St. Jospeh of Toronto for their care and concern of Sister "B". We want especially thank St. Pat B. for her care for our Sister "B" and taking time to updating us regarding her health.

Thank you all for the wonderful stories/memories of our Sister "B".
So enjoy reading them.
The Sandford family.

Cecilia Piques

June 13, 2021

Thank you for your kindness towards our family especially my father David Piques. Just recently my Dad and I we were sharing stories about our time at St. Joseph Morrow Park. Your name came up as being a truly caring, wise and supportive person. You will always be a cherished person in our household. 💜

Martina Purdy

June 13, 2021

St Bonaventure was my school principal at Morrow Park 79-84. She was tough but fair and I thank God for her witness to the Catholic faith. May she rest in the love of her eternal spouse, the Lord Jesus. Deepest sympathy to her family. Love is strong as death. What a blessing to go to the Lord in the year of St Joseph.☘️🙏 Martina Purdy

Jim Coyle

June 12, 2021

I believe Sister Bonaventure may have been a teacher of mine at St. Joseph’s Catholic school on Leslie St. near Queen in Toronto’s east end in the very early 1960s. I was a Grade 2 hockey fan and imagine my surprise and delight to meet a nun who knew more about hockey than I did. If it is the same Sister Bonaventure, I remember her as an energetic teacher with a sense of humour, a teacher who encouraged my love of reading and helped nudge me toward a long, satisfying career in journalism. God bless her. Jim Coyle.

Anne-Marie Maugeri

June 12, 2021

Loretto, Edward and Fred, Sister Bonaventure was my Principal at St. Joseph's Morrow Park for all of my 5 years of High School. My greatest memory of her was when I was called down to her office during the middle of my Spanish Class. Now I never got into trouble ever so I was wondering what I had done, and was quite nervous as I headed down there. Much to my surprise, she offered me a job working at the reception desk at the Convent.

I, along with my parents Norah and George, want to send to you and the rest of your family our deepest condolences and we will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Hoping that the memories of your sister brings you some comfort in the days, months and years ahead. Please know that if it was different times, that we would be paying our respects in person.

Anne-Marie Maugeri

Tara Kitts

June 11, 2021

I was a student at St. Joseph’s Morrow Park in the 1980’s. I remember Sister Bonaventure fondly. Some considered her tough - but she was always fair. One time, we had a school dance, and one student had indulged in a fair bit of alcohol before arriving to the dance. They proceeded to act recklessly and then got sick everywhere. I immediately thought the student would be in deep trouble, but Sister B had such empathy and just wanted to make sure the student was safe and cared for. I always had so much respect and admiration for her.
Rest in Peace Sister Bonaventure - you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Helen Sandford/Doornbos

June 11, 2021

Just wanted to share the photos. We were blessed to have Sister "B" as our aunt. Many fond memories of her coming to the States for different celebrations. We all loved visiting Grandma's house and seeing Sister "B".

Christina Baldassi

June 11, 2021

Sister Bonaventure was my Fathers (Art Blake) first cousin. A lovelier, more giving soul one will never meet. We used to visit Sister years ago, my Dad, Mom and us five kids. She was always delighted to see us. I always felt she looked so regal in her habit. As happens, we did not see much of Sister as we all grew up. But she attended my parents 50th anniversary and my Dads funeral. Later we were fortunate enough to enjoy tea with her and Loretta. My condolences to the Sandford family and the Sisters of St. Joseph at this difficult time. Sister Bonaventure will always be remembered as a kind, generous soul. Love Tina

Paulette Dantzer

June 11, 2021

I remember seeing St. Joseph Morrow Park High School and wanting to teach there. My husband, my two sons and I had just moved to Toronto in 1980 and I eventually began my teaching journey in Toronto at SJMP in the early 80's. Sister Bonaventure was my principal and , to this day, I remember her as a kind, generous person, dedicated to the well being of her staff and students. "Sister B" as I sometimes called her, was a very strong presence in the school, starting her day very early and always making everyone know that she would be there for them.
I love Sister Bonaventure Sanford. My condolences go out to her family , her religious community , her former staff members
and all others who had the pleasure of knowing her.
There is now one more angel in heaven.

Paulette Dantzer

FROM THE FAMILY