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Estabrooks, Sandra (Sandi) Joyce

ESTABROOKS, Sandra (Sandi) Joyce

1947 - 2021

Sandra (Sandi) Joyce Estabrooks 

August 10, 1947 – October 26, 2021

On Tuesday morning October 26, angels of mercy escorted dear Sandi from her bed at the Perley Health Care Centre to her eternal home. This remarkable woman now enjoys the full life and freedom that heaven provides. Her family and her multitude of friends would want nothing better for her. Her passing leaves all with a sense of loss, but with a myriad of memories and reminisces of the impact she had on all who knew her.

Sandi was born to Lloyd and Jean Estabrooks in Peterborough Ontario on August 10, 1947, the fourth of their six children. At the age of eight she developed juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, a condition that would limit her physical growth but not her indomitable spirit. Sandi’s keen intellect, inquisitive mind, bright personality, and pleasant character carried her through her childhood and teen years and on to her lifelong home in Ottawa. Here she devoted herself to community and reaching out to those around her to provide comfort, care, concern, and counselling to many emotionally and spiritually needy individuals.

Her formal education provided Sandi with a degree in pastoral counselling from St. Paul University which she put to good use within both church and para-church organizations. This saw her work as a missionary of pastoral care with the Presbyterian Church of Canada. Each life that Sandi touched with a word, a smile, a promise, or a prayer gave that individual a sense that, “here was someone in whom I could entrust my thoughts and worries, and doubts and I can be confident that she understands and truly cares for me.”

Sandi’s special connection was with children. Whether they were her own nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, or the little ones of her friends, Sandi loved to entertain by telling stories, singing a song, or dancing with them.

In her later years, prior to entering the Perley, Sandi lived in community at the Cardinus Housing Co-op. Here she developed strong friendships with many of the other residents. Sandi’s interactions, friendliness and bright spirit continually displayed the caring spirit that characterized her life. Sandi was also active in providing valuable input to the worship team of Kitchissippi United Church in Ottawa. 

Sandi is survived by her brother Spencer (Irene) of Winnipeg Manitoba, her sister Brenda Moriarity of Bowmanville Ontario, her brother Stephen (Jayne) of Russell Ontario and her brother Stan (Allison) of Metcalfe Ontario. Predeceased by her sister Freda. Sandi will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by her many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. A special thanks to Matthew and Sarah Jane Estabrooks for their tender care and attendance to Sandi’s needs over the past few years. A depth of gratitude is given to the staff on Ottawa 2 West of the Perley Health Care Centre for their attentive and special care for Sandi.

A celebration of Sandi’s life will be held at Kitchissippi United Church (630 Island Park Dr.) on Saturday, November 13 at 2:00pm. Please note that proof of full COVID vaccination will be required to enter the church. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to either the Arthritis Society ( or the Sjögren’s Society of Canada (

Interment will take place in the Summer of 2022 in Peterborough Ontario.  

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Stephen Estabrooks and family

Deepest and sincere condolences to you and all family members. May God be beside you all bringing peace and comfort.

Shirley Danis, November 5, 2021

The Estabrooks cousins

Hello to all my first and second Estabrooks cousins: I remember all the times we visited Lloyd and Jean in Peterborough and had great talks with Sandra. She was such a wise, caring person. I know my late mother (Elsie Estabrooks) and all the Estabrooks souls in heaven are welcoming Sandra now.

Judy Chambers, November 6, 2021

The Estabrooks Family

You may have known me as Rena or Lorena. I now go by LA. I lived with Sandi from 1979-1984, and she was a key person in my late-adolescent/early adulthood life. She was a mentor and a friend, and I have deep gratitude for all she modelled while we were together. Her generosity of spirit and her leadership were inspiring both for her wisdom and her humanity. There are a small number of people who really shape us, and for me she was one of those people. Thinking of all of you her siblings - Spencer, Brenda, Steven and Stan (condolences for Freida passing!) - and your kids, all of whom I remember very fondly. Sandi went above and beyond by being completely herself, and helping others to feel received and respected as completely themselves. Wish I could be with you!

LA Henry, November 6, 2021

Family and Friends

Sending heartfelt condolences to you all. Sandi was very special to me, as she was to so many. She came into my life at first as a councelor I met at church and after meeting, she said she didn't want to be my councelor, but would be my friend. She certainly was that. When I was a single mom with 2 kids, she became their Godmother. We all lived together with Sandi and other friends in Ottawa in a Christian community house for a long time during the eighties. I have such fond memories of her and our shared times together. I am grateful to have my life touched by such a kind, strong and loving spirit.

Tess Fama, November 6, 2021

Stephen and family

Our sincere regrets in the passing of Sandra
Glen&Audrey Martin

Audrey Martin , November 7, 2021

All family members

My condolences to all of the family, so sorry to hear of your loss she was a beautiful person like her sister Freda, who we thought the world of. Bless you all

The Schulze Family

Donna Schulze, November 7, 2021

Estsabrooks family

My sympathy and condolences to the family at this time. Sandi was a friend while I was in community in the 1980's.
I send my most sincere regret.
Ian Westell

Ian, November 8, 2021

Sarah Jane estabr9oks

So sorry for your heartache. Sending you big hugs. She was obviously a wonderful person. Bless you and Matthew for caring for her with such love. Xo

Donna coates, November 9, 2021

Estabrooks family

I feel so much gratitude for having known Sandi during the 2000s, when she began by being a spiritual counsellor, then became a friend. What I remember most is the laughter, her sharp wit in telling stories, her joy laughing at the absurdities of life. Her deep concern for others, her willingness to 'walk the walk' with others living through painful circumstances. She was simply lovely.
My deepest condolences to all who loved her.

Yolande Mennie, November 10, 2021

Stephen and Jayne Estabrooks

May Sandi rest in peace. And may God comfort you as you remember her devoted life and compassion for so many. Sandi served God well. Bless you and your family at this time as you celebrate Sandi's life.

Deborah Seguin, November 10, 2021

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