Alexander (Sandy) Bodden 1950 — 2021

Alexander (Sandy) Bodden

October 17, 1950 – March 30, 2021

Alexander (Sandy) Bodden passed from cancer at the Hamlets of Westsyde at age 70.

Sandy is survived by his brothers Michael Bodden of Williams Lake and Ken (Brenda) Bodden of Edmonton and his aunt Betty Dillabough of Ashcroft.  He was predeceased by his parents Jessie and Hally, and his brother Ian.

Sandy was born in Kamloops where he spent the majority of his life.  From early childhood his life was influenced greatly by family and a love of the outdoors.  He worked as a labourer in sawmills and in general roofing and construction but it was his many years at Willow Ranch as a cowboy that were his most rewarding.  He lived an quiet life with a strong attachment to the outdoors, as well as community and church (volunteering with the Mt Paul United soup kitchen).  His interests included gardening, hunting and fishing. Sandy’s smile was the portal to a quiet, gentle man who will be missed by those fortunate to know him.

After caring for Hally for many years, his final years were spent in Lilac House where he became part of the special Thiessen household build on love and caring. Mick and Ken wish to thank the special care Sandy received from the medical and care staff at the Hamlets who made his last few months comfortable.

A decision on final memorial services will be deferred until after covid restrictions are after at Mount Paul United Church, 140 Laburnum St. Kamloops.

If desired, memorial tributes may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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4 Tributes

  1. Wally McMorland
    Posted April 15, 2021 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    Sorry to hear of Sandy’s passing. I met him and Hally when I started at Mt. Paul United Church in 2005. Sandy and I volunteered in the Soup Kitchen of the time and had a lot of laughs doing it. I have a fond memory of us eying a number of Black Forest cakes that a bakery had donated and then, when we were alone in the kitchen, stealing a slice each (and giggling like a couple of school kids doing it). Of course our treachery was discovered and we blamed each other vehemently. Another time we were supposed to be wrapping the cutlery in a napkin like you would see in a restaurant. We were both pretty hopeless at getting it tight enough and the cutlery would often fall out when someone picked it up. We weren’t on that job for long, either. To his credit, Sandy would often come to the Church early on Sundays to make coffee or prepare the sanctuary for worship. Just let it be said that he was a cheerful, fun guy to be around and I enjoyed my times spent in his company. God Bless you and keep you, Sandy … Wally McMorland

    • Ken Bodden
      Posted April 19, 2021 at 8:16 am | Permalink

      Thank you for the kind memories. Sandy did like his food and we could always count on him to enjoy getting out for a meal.

  2. Theda McInnes
    Posted April 19, 2021 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    My sincere condolences to Sandy’s family.
    The congregation always knew when any of you were coming to town as it was a favourite topic of conversation with Sandy. He was always lending a hand with church activities. Wheeling that big coffee wagon around and getting it set up for church. Always being cheerful about it. He was always a good host when we’d stop for a visit. Loved showing off the grape vines and apple trees and the garden. I did his taxes for a few years and that was another topic he liked to discuss. He was quite passionate about his huge paper route. His work ethic was to be admired. His friendship enriched my life.
    Sincerely, Theda McInnes

  3. Betty Gervais
    Posted April 22, 2021 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    Our sympathies and prayers are with your family at this sad and difficult time. Sandy and the Bodden family were an inspirational part of Mount Paul United for many years. We are blessed with many wonderful memories. Blessings to all of his family.
    From Mount Paul United Pastoral Care

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