James Sandison

James Charles Sandison

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James Charles Sandison of Ayer, MA passed away peacefully on April 8, 2020. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 50 years, Marilyn (Holbrook) Sandison of Ayer, MA; daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter, Joy (Sandison), Tony, and Bella Fernandes of Chelmsford, MA; son, Jeffrey Sandison of Ayer, MA; and grandniece, Arianna McLernon.

Jim (Skip) was born on July 23, 1946 in Cambridge, MA, the son of the late James and Maryalice (Toohey) Sandison. He grew up in Waltham, MA with his parents and younger brother, David Sandison (deceased). He was a resident of Andover, MA for 33 years where he raised his family before moving to Ayer, MA six years ago.

Skip served in the Navy as Signal Man and then attended Dean Junior College, Northeastern University and Suffolk University where he earned his MBA. He worked at RCA, Inforex, and Digital Equipment Corp. for over 25 years in finance management where he enjoyed world travel opportunities and longtime friendships.

At the young age of 49, Skip survived an accidental stroke which led him to many fulfilling years of volunteer work at Spaulding Rehab, Boston/Charlestown and Lazarus House, Lawrence. He was also involved with both the Boston University Aphasia Resource Center and the American Stroke Association.

He loved sports – he enjoyed skiing, golfing and playing baseball throughout his life. The first goal Skip had after surviving his stroke was to ski again, and he accomplished this goal with the help of the Loon Mountain Adaptive Ski Program. He also got a hole in one on the last game of golf he played a couple years ago. He was a huge fan of the Red Sox and the biggest fan of his children, always supporting and never missing any of Jeff’s hockey games or Joy’s marathons. He also enjoyed coaching their soccer, softball and baseball teams.

Skip lived his life to the fullest, living each day with love, strength, patience, and compassion. He will be remembered as a genuinely kind, thoughtful motivator who would take on any challenge life threw at him without a complaint.
He had a wonderful circle of friends and family whom he loved whole-heartedly, and they will all miss him dearly.
Memorial donations may be made to the Boston University Aphasia Resource Center which he enjoyed being part of and benefited from over the years.

For online donations, please visit this website: Check donations can be made payable to Trustees of Boston University/Aphasia Resource Center (ARC) and sent to:

Kristina Lentz Capano
Boston University Sargent College
635 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 221
Boston, MA 02215

Visiting Hours will be held on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm in the Blake Chelmsford Funeral Home, 24 Worthen St., Chelmsford. A Celebration of Life Service will be held privately. You are kindly invited to watch the service livestreamed on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 11:00. Please click on the link below.

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    July 22, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    July 22, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Blake Chelmsford Funeral Home
    24 Worthen Street
    Chelmsford, MA 01824
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Funeral Service will be held privately. You are kindly invited to watch a livestream of the service on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 11:00. Please click on the link below the obituary text.


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