Sandra Simpson Obituary, Death – We say farewell to Sandra Simpson, our founder, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend, with sorrowful hearts. Sandra touched many people’s lives, not only at home but also through her global work, which she continued even in her final days. Her life brought her to war-torn Vietnam and Cambodia, and her humanitarian efforts took her to Somalia, El Salvador, Bangladesh, and India. Her concern for the well-being of children and the value of community followed her throughout her life.
Sandra was overjoyed on her final day to see a young child, Mohamed, who arrived at Families for Children India in the summer of 2022, walking for the first time. Sandra had been eager to reach this goal for the past year, and her contented smile as she watched the video of Mohamed demonstrated her continuous passion and attention to her job. Her enthusiasm and principles were known to all who knew her, and her life’s work and impact will live on.
Her views continue to be the driving force behind her family’s and Families for Children’s worldview. Families for Children is an extension of Sandra’s own family; all of the children and employees refer to Sandra as a mummy on the initiative. Many of our contributors have been a part of her vision since the beginning, and their contributions have helped to build a community that is still cultivating meaningful change.
The outpouring of emotion during the reunion of FFC youngsters at our recent Founder’s Day event in India demonstrated this impact. On a personal level, Mom’s favorite season was the spring. She enjoyed spending time in her garden, seeing new plants and flowers bloom and grow. We find ourselves staring at the newly germinated nasturtiums, thinking we could send our mother an email to check whether she has seen them as well. To us, the silence is deafening.
Sandra, true to her personality, has demanded that there be no bother or grandeur. With this in mind, our family will bury her in Pointe-Claire, Quebec, where she was most content. While there will be no public service, we ask that you honor Sandra’s legacy by embodying her family values and spending time with your loved ones.