It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Sandy on Monday, January 4th, 2010 at the age of 71 years. He was called Home to be with his Lord following a lengthy battle with kidney disease.
Sandy was born in Penticton, B.C. on March 15th, 1938 to John and Nan (nee Robertson) Third, and grew up on the family orchard. Following his schooling, he began his electrical apprenticeship with Cooper and Gibbard Electric Ltd. in Penticton. In 1960, he moved to Vernon, and started his own electrical contracting companies (Third & Pulhmann Electric Ltd., and later A.G. Third & Co. Ltd.). As an electrical contractor, he was involved in the construction of many well known buildings in the Vernon area including the Vernon Recreation Center, Library-Museum Complex, Fire Hall, RCMP Detachment Building, the B.C. Hydro Complex, Okanagan College, Vernon Secondary School, Vernon Jubilee Hospital, and various other schools and hospitals in the province. He also worked as an electrical consultant and project manager in Vancouver, Ontario, and California.
Sandy was a founding member of the Southern Interior Construction Association, and served on the Board of Directors for the British Columbia Construction Association. He was one of the Okanagan Contractors’ Negotiating Representatives for 9 years, and served as a council member of the Construction Labour Relations Association of B.C. He also served as Secretary Treasurer of the Okanagan Chapter of the Electrical Contractors Association and the Economic Development Commission Director for the North Okanagan Commerce Inc. He was a member of the National Electrical Contractors Association and a Director of the Vernon and District Chamber of Commerce.
Sandy will always be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his wife Helen (nee Price), to whom he was married for 52 years, his daughters, Diane (Randy) Forsyth of Vernon, B.C. and Sharon (James) Donaldson of Surrey, B.C., his son, Don (Jamie) Third of Surrey, B.C., his grandchildren, Kristen, Kayla, Karalyn and Matthew Forsyth, Nicholas, Samantha, Ashley and Jeremy Third; and Jordan, Emily and Justin Donaldson. He is also survived by his brother, John (Paula) Third of Vancouver, B.C., his sister, Eleanor Third of White Rock, B.C., as well as numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and extended family members in Scotland and South Africa. Sandy was predeceased by his parents John and Nan Third.
Sandy was always there to lend a helping hand to family and friends, and willing to share his skills and knowledge. His family was foremost in his life. He was especially proud of his children and grandchildren who brought him great joy. He particularly enjoyed family gatherings and the wonderful times spent around the family pool.
The Funeral Service will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Monday, January 11th, 2010 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Roy White officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
The family gratefully appreciates the wonderful and compassionate care given to Sandy by the many doctors, nurses and staff of the Vernon and Kelowna Hospitals and Renal Units, especially Dr. Gilhooly, Dr. Welsh, Dr. Kates, Dr. Ellett and Dr. Pasenau.
As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Sandy to the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation, 2268 Pandosy Street, Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 1T2, designated for the Vernon or Kelowna Renal Units.