CASEY, Alexander John “Sandy” – age 83, passed away peacefully at home in Markham ON, surrounded by family on December 4, 2023, following a year long battle with brain cancer. He was born in 1940 in Belleville, ON to John Leo and Helen (Smith). The youngest of five children, he had an adventurous childhood, making several lifelong friendships that carry through to this day. A graduate of York University, he began a long working career in the engineering field, first with Delcan before moving to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, where he focussed on the public transit sector, engaging on some of the biggest projects in the province. He transitioned to the role of General Manager of Niagara Falls Transit, helping to establish one of the only profitable transit systems in the province, before moving into private consulting, where he worked up until his late seventies. He had a strong passion for his projects in the garden, and was well loved by many in his Markham community, where he coached youth hockey and soccer for many years.
Sandy is survived by his wife of 56 years Sharon (Farkas) and his sons Sean (Amy) and Scott; his grandchildren Aaron and Lauren; his sister Nancy; his nephews Glenn, Andrew, Patrick, Casey, Michael, Jamie, Chad and niece Margaret Mary. He is predeceased by his sisters Barbara (Herbie), Kennon (Gord), his sister-in-law Deanne (Ken) and brothers-in-law Steven (Louise) and Bob, and niece Barbie.
Special thanks to Dr. Perry and Dr. Yuen, as well as the excellent staff at the Odette Cancer Care Centre at Sunnybrook, team at the Markham-Stouffville Hospital, and those at Dixon-Garland Funeral Home. At Sandy’s request, there will be no service and in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Odette Cancer Care Centre in his name.
When asked how he was doing in his later years, Sandy always said “I am on the right side of the sod.” It is a reminder to make the most of each day, as he did with so many people that he loved and loved him back.