Monday, May 14, 2007


This is Pete writing, Sandra's husband.

It is with great sadness in my heart that I have to write that Sandra passed away just before 9am on Sunday 13 May.

She was very peaceful and she was with me, her Mum and her brother Mike at the end.

This blog is a testament to Sandra's amazing life - her achievements, her friendships, and her unceasing positivity and passion for life.


At 9:23 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi Pete, yeah its hard and sad for what happened. But she will always stay in our heart...

At 7:24 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Peter.
This is Sandra's cousin in Beau Bassin- Mauritius. We never got the chance to meet, but our love and support goes to you and your family - from what I have seen and heard, Sandra was very lucky to be loved and supported by you all.

I was touched by her smile and courage. Even though she is not with us anymore, I think God has blessed us both in different ways. Sandra has lived life to the fullest and she has left a great lesson to us: enjoy life and the people whom we love and support us...
I suffered from back problems in 2001 and needed surgery.... We were born the same year and I think we have similar interests... like craft work.. we both studied humanities..... "Thank you Sandra! This is how I will always remember you... " Love.

Take Care,

At 4:48 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Peter,

I taught Sandra on the MA Life History Research and since then have been a colleague of hers at the Centre for Life History Research at Sussex.

Sandra was a first class student and a wonderful colleague and like others at Sussex I will miss her very much. She will be remembered by us all for the enthusiasm and good humour she brought to every project we worked on. I have a lovely photo of the pair of you at your wedding and another of Sandra and me at her MA graduation ceremony which has always been on my office wall.

I am very sorry that I shall not be able to attend Sandra's funeral. I really wanted to be there but I am committed to going to Denmark tomorrow. I will be thinking of you and dear Sandra. Please accept my condolences and pass these on to the rest of the family.

Gerry Holloway
Sussex University

At 9:37 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Peter,
we never met, I had the privilege to levae with Sandra for her first Univeristy year, we shared the flat and a lot more. She has been the first tru girl friend of my life. It is impossible for me to realize she isn't here anyomre, our friendship being a long distance one. She has a place inside me which no time, age nor death will ever take away. I would have to be there for the funeral but I couldn't, I am there in spirit as I am sure many of her friends and relatives are. All my love to you, your family and sandra's too.

At 4:12 pm, Blogger Sheridan said...

Dear Pete and all of Sandra's family, friends and colleagues,

My heart goes out to you all - I share your very very sad loss. But just as Sandra has left all of you with special memories she has also left her unique mark at the Mass Observation Archive. Her wonderful contributions will be preserved along with all the other material that she so much valued. As Mike said at the celebration of her life yesterday, Sandra was a very organised person, and recorded everything. She was a natural archiver! So of course she fitted in beautifully with us in the Mass Observation Archive and I have shared a lot of stories (sometimes sad and sometimes very very funny) with her! I shall always remember her as my dear sweet colleague and special friend.

At 4:38 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Peter

I was shocked, and greatly saddened, to hear about Sandra's passing.

I knew Sandra from my time at SPRU, where she worked in the library before moving to Mass Observation - I well remember how happy she was to get her dream job there.

Anyone who met Sandra had their day brightened, such was her enthusiasm for life. She will be greatly missed.



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