MacKean, Alexander “Sandy” Ellsworth

It is with profound sadness that I share the passing of my beloved husband, life partner and best friend on Saturday, February 20, 2021, in Sudbury, ON - 15 days after his cancer diagnosis. Sandy was born in new Glasgow, Nova Scotia on June 18, 1958 and lived there for the first 42 years of his life. In 2001, he relocated to Sudbury, ON. Sandy is predeceased by his father and mother, Walter and Margaret (Hill) MacKean, and by his sister Glenda (late Eddie Gerrior). He is survived by his brother Vaughan MacKean (late Ruth), his nieces Amanda and Stephanie Gerrior, and his nephews Darren and Dwayne MacKean and their families. Sandy was predeceased by my parents, Ernest and Leah (Martin) Deforge, and although they never met, I know they would have fallen in love with Sandy, just like the rest of my family, including Richard Deforge (Donna), Louise (predeceased) (Bernard Houle), Linda (Fern Houle), Kenny Deforge (Connie), Marilyn (late Alain Perron) (Dave Deschamps), and Larry Deforge (Tracy). Uncle Sandy was loved by our many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great great nephew. Sandy is also survived by our “adopted son”, Ryan St. Amant. A definite animal lover an advocate, Sandy was surely greeted in heaven by our furbabies honey bear, Ceilidh, Panda and Gracie. He leaves behind his beloved feline Cupid (aka damned Kitty) and canine and singing partner, Maggidh. Sandy and I met online (on ICQ) September 10, 2000. We were engaged on February 15, 2001, and we were married on June 18, 2003 (and then again on August 2, 2003). We were blessed with two marriage ceremonies and ours was a love story that was unique for the times, trend setting for the future, and is in the city of Greater Sudbury history books. Sandy and I love to travel, which included trips from the East Coast to the West coast of Canada, to Cuba, Dominican Republic, and to our “second home” on Paradise Island, Bahamas. Sandy leaves behind many of our “Bahamian Family”, including Claudine Poitier, Tassone Wilson and our Godchild Malique Joseph. Our love of Christmas was evident every year when we began decorating in early October in order to have a lot of our family and friends enjoy it with us. We hosted a Christmas Wine and Cheese gathering and Open Houses, where we raised money for not-for-profit organizations. Sandy was OBSESSED with Christmas, and if it was up to him, our Christmas Tree would still be up! Being of Scottish heritage, Sandy was a bag piper with he Ceileidh Pipe Band in Nova Scotia. He spoke often of the antics he and his best friend Gary Darroch had while they were in the band. Those were special days and wonderful memories made during his time in Nova Scotia. All of Gary’s family held a very special place in Sandy’s heart, especially “Nan”! Sandy was a Red Seal Chef by trade, and he worked his way up to Food Service Supervisor from Dish Boy at the new Glagow Hospital in Nova Scotia. After meeting me, Sandy moved here to Sudbury, ON in 2001, where he was employed as the Executive Chef of Yesterday’s Resort in French River. In 2003, he opened his own business. Sandy’s latest position was as a WALMART GREETER at the South end Walmart in Sudbury. Sandy’s love for his Walmart family was incredible, just like they are. I want to thank three special “earth angels”, the only Bayshore nurses that Sandy ever wanted tending to him. Kristy (who quickly became part of our family and won over Maggidh-which is an incredible feat in itself), and Stacy and Cory. As well, we had the amazing support of Jason Marcon from Pharmasave. Jason was my “go to” person and he NEVER let us down. “Thank you” to all of these kind souls. Because of the present circumstances, we will be celebrating the life of this incredible “teddy bear” when our two families can gather together. In lieu of flowers, I would appreciate that donations be made directly to Healthy Food for Kids at Sandy will live on in the life of someone who will be fortunate to receive his corneas. May they see life through his beautiful eyes. Rest now, my love. Your pain and suffering is over. Forever … and a day! XO Terry Deforge.


7 Condolences

  1. Dear Terry,

    What a beautiful tribute to such a great guy!
    Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss xox.

    By: Lise Dugas & Bradley McDonald
    June 20, 2021
  2. I am so very sorry for your loss Terry.

    By: Pat L.
    March 8, 2021
  3. My deepest sympathy to you at this difficult time. I’m so sorry for your loss Terry.

    By: Cheryl Park
    March 2, 2021
  4. I’m sorry for your loss Terry and Ryan
    He was a good man with a kind heart.
    May he Rest In Peace

    By: Andy Hing
    March 1, 2021
  5. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

    By: G T
    February 28, 2021
  6. A very beautiful tribute Terry; I am so sorry for your loss. You were so lucky to have each other for the years that you did. Take care of yourself. Noreen

    By: Noreen McChesney
    February 24, 2021
  7. So sorry for your loss Terry your beautiful memories will never fade from your heart Sandy will always be there beside you in spirit my friend and forever loving in your heart ❤️

    By: Mary Chamberland
    February 23, 2021

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