William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD
ICROSS CANADA’S LOSS
Sandy Howell with GrandsonWe recently suffered a most terrible loss
Of our North Van Director of Canada’s ICROSS
One of the most beautiful people that I ever saw!
And an ICROSS humanitarian, My Sister-in-Law.
Sandy was kind – she was a wonderful Nurse
And that’s why I’m writing this short little verse
She cared about the suffering and all things like that
But Oh how she loved Dan, Erin and Pat!
We are here to thank God for our Dear Sandy’s Life
And my family must comfort her sister, my wife
And I know everyone here feels greatly her loss
And not the least of these, are the folks at ICROSS
Anne also needs your comfort, and so too does Dick
They have lost a sister who suffered whilst sick
It should make us all realize that soon we all too
Will meet her in Heaven – she awaits me and you!
So don’t grieve for Sandy – don’t weep and don’t cry
What has Christ told us, about when we die?
Like Sandy, we’ll walk in sunshine, on heavenly sand
We’ll end up with her, on a greener, James Island
©Copyright May 26, 2006 by Billy Willbond
Author’s Note: ICROSS CANADA is a charity. ICROSS is an acronym for the International Community for the Relief of Starvation and Suffering. Sandy was our North Vancouver Director and did a great deal to help us in our work. Among many other works, while she worked at the Eye Care Center, she collected medical supplies that were surplus to that Operating Room. They were sent to Africa. As the President of ICROSS CANADA, and as her brother-in-law, I would like to dedicate this poetic tribute to her memory.
Sandy Nimmo (Richardson-Howell) with her sisters Anne and Lynne and her bother Dick lived on the Gulf Island Paradise: “James Island” in their formative years, where their Dad, James Nimmo, ran the Dairy Farm. Lynne (nee Nimmo) Willbond is placing a park bench on Island View Beach facing James Island as a memorial to her beloved sister. Upon it will read:
SIT HERE IN PEACE AND ENJOY THE VIEW
placed in memory of
JAMES, MARY, ANNE, SANDY, DICK, and LYNNE NIMMO
who farmed on James Island from 1942 to 1956