Passing: Sandy Cameron

Posted November 19, 2012 at 9:25 am by


It was so good to have Sandy around — whether he was help­ing wel­come peo­ple at the Com­mu­ni­ty The­atre or set­ting up the next Robert Burns Din­ner (or telling me how cool it was that some Kore­ans were set­ting up one…in Korea! And were using him as a con­sul­tant.…). The island miss­es him — here’s a write­up form Rona & his family:

Sandy Cameron
March 10th 1953 ~ Octo­ber 24th 2012

Sandy passed away at home on his beloved San Juan Island  sur­round­ed by nature. A place where his cher­ry trees flour­ished and deer, fox­es and rac­coons walked right by his win­dow. Beard­ed Col­lie Dusty dog gave chase at the first whiff of intrud­ers!  Sad­ly, Dusty took him­self off to a favourite place in the woods and passed away in August at age 13. He was much loved by all who met him.  R.I.P.  dar­ling Dusty…

Sandy leaves behind son Craig 30 and wife Michelle in Hawaii, son Euan, 28 in Rothes, Scot­land, plus sis­ter Chris­tine, hus­band Pano and sons Georgie and Chris­tos near Athens, Greece, uncle Jim­my and aunt Elsie  in Scot­land and many friends on the island and around the world.

Ban­nock­burn, Scot­land was Sandy’s birth place and he was a keen cyclist in his youth. In lat­er years he organ­ised cycle races in Scot­land, then cheered his favourites in the Tour De France every year on TV. Sandy grad­u­at­ed with Diplo­ma in Town and Coun­try Plan­ning in 1975 from Glas­gow School of Art, work­ing as a Town Plan­ner for Falkirk and Moray Coun­cils and was a Small Busi­ness Advis­er for some years.

Sandy mar­ried Mar­garet in August 1975 in Glas­gow, and first son Craig was born 6 years lat­er in 1981 and Euan fol­lowed in 1983. Sandy loved being around the Find­horn Foun­da­tion, an inten­tion­al spir­i­tu­al com­mu­ni­ty in the Moray Firth, Scot­land in the 1980’s until he moved to Cana­da and the USA for some years with sec­ond wife Bar­bara, run­ning suc­cess­ful floristry busi­ness and native Amer­i­can gallery in Gene­seo, Upstate New York.  Sandy returned to his Scot­tish roots in 1997, to Cluny Hill Col­lege in The Find­horn Foun­da­tion once more, where he met Rona. He  was known for his work as Asset Man­ag­er, insti­gat­ing  Cluny’s elec­tri­cal rewiring, but  is per­haps  more famous  for his  pop­u­lar “address to a hag­gis”  speech each Burns Night on Jan­u­ary 25th. “Fair fa’ your hon­est son­sie face. Great chief­tain o’ the pudding-race!”

Sandy and Rona left Cluny in March 2001 for Amer­i­ca after 4 years togeth­er and got mar­ried in August that year near Rochester, Upstate New York. They trav­elled exten­sive­ly around the USA, in their vin­tage Airstream 28 foot trail­er, final­ly set­tling in July 2002 on San Juan Island, very much like their native Scot­land. It was Sandy’s return and Rona’s first  taste of island life. Sandy loved his posi­tion as “Front of House Man­ag­er” at the San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty The­atre for some years, greet­ing the­atre patrons and liais­ing smooth­ly with vol­un­teer teams. His pre show “cur­tain speech­es” were infa­mous, show­cas­ing his sharp wit, humour and sheer Scot­tish charm. Sandy com­bined his love of nature and being on the open water in spring 2009 on a 3 month marine nat­u­ral­ist train­ing via The Whale Muse­um. He attend­ed grad­u­a­tion day in his Cameron clan tar­tan kilt, much to everyone’s delight!

Let’s remem­ber Sandy’s loves;  hold­ing fam­i­ly dear to his heart, all things Scots espe­cial­ly hag­gis, delight in all gad­gets with the “Apple” logo, love of polit­i­cal debate, sky­div­ing train­ing at age 52!! Becom­ing a US Cit­i­zen was one of his proud­est moments. Sandy explored the Tibetan Bud­dhist faith in 2010 and “for­mal­ly took refuge” recent­ly, adopt­ing Tibetan Bud­dhism as his spir­i­tu­al path.  A full life, well lived, despite bat­tles with “inner demons” and ongo­ing health issues. His strug­gle end­ed at age 59. Sandy’s favourite quote was “Yes­ter­day’s gone, that’s why it’s called “the past”. Tomor­row has not arrived, that’s why it’s called “the future”. Today is a gift, that’s why it’s called “the present”. Sandy, you were much loved and will be fond­ly missed by many. Thanks for shar­ing 13 years with me and enrich­ing my life. Sandy’s ash­es were lov­ing­ly scat­tered by his son Craig and 10 friends at one of his favourite island nature spots, Dead Man’s Cove, Sun­day Novem­ber 11th. Farewell Sandy. Rest in peace until next life time. Fond­est love from Rona xxx


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One comment...

  1. Rona,

    Thanks for writ­ing about Sandy. I heard the news and won­dered. I am glad to have known him a bit and you too.

    Comment by Ken Arzarian on November 19, 2012 at 10:06 pm

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