Sandy Pritchard has died peacefully at home on October 9, 2021, surrounded by his four children. He died after a long time of sickness.
He was tragically diagnosed with glioblastoma in early 2020.
Sandy is survived by his mother, Nancy; his sisters, Jane and Brenda (and their families); his four children, Logan, Hunter, Madison (Jake), and Baylie; and his newborn grandson, Rowan.
He was predeceased by his father, Dr. Wilmer (Bill) Pritchard.
Sandy was conceived on November 17, 1953, to Bill and Nancy Pritchard in Leamington, Ontario, on the shores of Lake Erie.
Sandy grew up a multi-instrumentalist – piano, double bass, flute – and handed down the musical tradition to his own children. Music was central to his childhood, whether the big-band sounds of his father’s ensemble, the Motown radio of nearby Detroit, or the evening serenade of a family piano.
In his youth, Sandy excelled at Leamington District Secondary School (1972) and worked as Head Lifeguard at Point Pelee National Park, the southernmost point of Canada.
Sandy left Leamington for the University of Western Ontario and, after one year of undergraduate studies, he was admitted early to the University of Western Ontario Medical School, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1977.
He completed his medical and surgical training in Toronto. Then he emerged a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon and Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1982 at the young age of 28.
He served as a full-time staff Plastic Surgeon, as well as a lecturer, in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto.