It is with great sadness the family of announces that Sandra Gail (Sandy) Piccinato (nee Murray), age 59, of Fort Frances, Ontario, passed away on Saturday, January 22, 2022, at la Verendrye Hospital. Sandy was born on April 9, 1962, in Emo, Ontario, and was the first of three girls born to Joan and Pat Murray.
Sandy lived in many northern Ontario / Manitoba communities, namely Pinewood, Ontario; Winnipeg and Headingley, Manitoba; Camp Robinson, Ontario; Rainy River, Ontario; and then the family settled in Fort Frances.
After high school, Sandy had a brief move to Toronto but then moved back to Fort Frances. She also had a special place in her heart for Baudette, Minnesota, where our Blom and Murray families met most summers for Fourth of July and family picnics.
She met the love of her life, Noris Piccinato, in Fort Frances and they started their family, welcoming their children Gillian and Tyson. They later married in an intimate New Year’s Eve celebration.
Sandy had a great love for reading books. She, her mom Joan and her auntie Jill would switch books between each other from Fort to Winnipeg and back again!
Sandy is survived by her husband Noris Piccinato of Fort Frances; children Tyson and Gillian Piccinato both of Fort Frances; sisters Belinda Chin Pang of Utopia, and Tricia (Dave) Escuyos of Mississauga; sister-in-law Danila (Dave) Hoard; nieces Melissa (Richard) Cunningham, Tara (Domenic) Morelli; nephews Tyler Chin Pang of Mississauga, Cody (Christopher) Escuyos of Toronto, Riley (Mooeh) Escuyos of Mississauga; great-niece T’KawPaw Escuyos (Riley) of Mississauga; Ian Chin Pang of Mississauga; aunt Patsy and uncle Mel Borgen of Baudette; aunt Jean Blom (Alfred) of Aurora, Colo.; cousin Sherri (Hal) Smart of Grand Forks, N.D.; and several other cousins and great-cousins from the Blom and Murray families.
Sandy was predeceased by her parents Joan and Theodore (Pat) Murray; father and mother-in-law Sam and Pierina Piccinato; maternal grandparents Carl and Mildred Blom (nee Ekeberg); paternal grandparents “Nanny” Adele (Carpenter) and (Grandad) George Murray; and several maternal and paternal aunts and uncles who are all sadly missed.
Sandy will be best remembered for her quick wit and sense of humor. She always had a joke in her back pocket that was sure to make you laugh and remember for future. She had her sayings like “Okaley Dokely” and “Katonk.” She also loved classic rock – namely the Rolling Stones and Rod Stewart.
You will be sadly missed.
A Celebration of life will be later in the spring to ensure the safety of everyone.
Online condolences may be made in care of www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com.