Michael David Sands

His glass was always half full. Lessons to be learned from this courageous man: Give thanks in all circumstances. Have faith, be hopeful and love deeply. Talk is cheap so walk the walk. Be generous. Never give up! And if you don’t have a napkin, just wipe your hands on your socks (he always wore knee highs). Our beloved son, brother, husband, father, granddad, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend, was called home to heaven on Monday Jan 5. His chains are gone, he’s been set free! He’s doing cartwheels now with Jesus and enjoying steak dinners and fettuccine. For four years, Mike battled ALS with brilliance and when the Lord called him to give up the fight, he humbly obeyed. A friend says, “Though his earthly body may have ‘lost the battle with ALS’, his spirit conquered it tenfold.” Mike will be dearly missed, but his lessons live on forever! A celebration of the life he leaves behind and his new life in glory will take place on Mike’s birthday, January 16 at 3:30pm at Maple Ridge Baptist Church (Wear bright colours). A memorial well will be drilled in Malawi, Africa in Mike’s name this spring, so In lieu of flowers, a donation to Project Wellness is appreciated…that was Mike’s wish. Project Wellness address: #405 – 12090 227 St. Maple Ridge, BC V2X 6J5

My dearest Michael, I love you to the moon and back compared to an ant…and far more than that. Your sweetheart, Nadine

You can read more about Mike and his courageous story at alswithcourage.blogspot.com

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Garden Hill Cremation and Funeral Services, 11765-224th Street, Maple Ridge V2X 6A5, Canada - Phone: (604) 463-8161 Fax: 604-463-2929

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  1. What a beautiful testament to a truly remarkable man. We are so happy for Mike, that he is now finally free. And we lift you and your family up in prayer, that God may comfort you with great and wonderful memories of all the special times and even the not so special times that you were blessed to share with each other.
    Love you lots,
    Kelly and Deanna (and kids)

  2. My deepest condolences to the family. Although I only know about Michael through friends, the articles I have read and pictures that I have seen, have touched me and filled me with awe from the love, stength, dignity and courage that Michael had. I know you will miss him dearly.

  3. I didn’t know Mike that well but I read ur blogs and now I understand how well he lived his life in spite of his als God bless ur family during this time of sorrow and celebrating his life Elaine & Elma

  4. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    Condolences Anne

  5. Susie and Mark Justice

    we send our deepest condolences to the Sands family, and their family and friends. The effect the family has had on everyone who knew them, and their courage and peacefulness in the face of such adversity is something to inspire us all. May God carry you all through this trying time. Love and lots of thought.

  6. Hey Mike,are they playing slow pitch up in Heaven? You were one of a kind Mike! It is still hard to believe you are gone. I sure those miss those nights out with you in the pub. The residents from Sunrise where you used to work still ask about you Hows Mike doing? They would ask. I would say he is doing okay I will let him know you were asking.Its tough writing this note lots of memories about you. You were like a younger brother to me. I hope you are doing well in Heaven. I miss you buddy, Good bye my friend-Mike Sands.

  7. I didn’t know Mike but felt like I did through your many blogs, Nadine. What an incredible man and an awesome family backing him up! They must be jumping with joy in Heaven to have the likes of him there with them!! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.

    Cliff Richards

  8. Nadine and Family, God bless all of you and Mike for your amazing bravery and love for each other. I remember Mike from so many years ago and we lived at Hollhock at the same time.
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you

  9. I am so glad that Mike is now free from pain, but my condolences to his family left behind to live without him

  10. Goodbye my ‘little’ brother. You are with me always. Someday we will meet again and I’ll beat you at Checkers. No stuffed bears to be used as a pawn!

  11. Ordinary people, making the choice to live out their lives in an extraordinary way, despite circumstances that most would take as permission to be self-centered and angry. The testimony of Mike’s life, and the faithfulness of his family, has honored God more than thousands of dollars donated to charity ever could. Heart-wrenching to have him taken from your lives so soon but his legacy to you is priceless. I pray for God’s comfort as you learn to do life without him being with you…… for now. You are all deeply loved and will be upheld in prayer as you continue your journey. Truly, all any of us could hope for, would be to stand before God and be told “Well done, good and faithful servant”, as I am convinced is what has happened with Mike!

  12. I played slow pitch and floor hockey with Mike in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Only thing I ever wished for was to be on his team. He was such a good athlete and even more important, such a nice nice guy. Always smiling and laughing. Keep a spot on the bench for me, and dont pick me last.

  13. Doug and Dora Ann Stokes

    Our prayers will be with you

  14. Tom, Sandy, Lauren & Evan Swan

    We are so sorry for the loss of Mike to his family and friends. One day you will see him again! What a courageous man, to face the disease with such an amazing attitude and strong faith. Truly a witness to God’s glory and grace in a day when so many want to run away from pain and suffering and take the easy way out. Thank you Nadine and Mike for sharing through your blog the journey – we have learned so much and have been inspired….

  15. Did not know Mike personally,but heard of both of you from friend Cindy Boileau.A courageous battle by a good warrior.It,s sad that we contemplate and understand life more when we lose someone,taking the time to see what they did for those around them than when they are with us.Take care God bless,T.Woodward

  16. A true testament of an inspirational and courageous family. Heartfelt condolences to you all.

  17. Rick and Lisa Klassen

    We are so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing but also rejoicing that he is made whole again. We will be thinking about and praying for you, Nadine, and the whole family during this time.

    Rick and Lisa Klassen

  18. I remember the day I trained you in Code White at Riverview…that must be over 13 yrs ago……I referred to you as the feisty red head..then I met Nadine through my fitness course at Douglas College and we have been friends ever since. I feel honoured to have known you and watched your family grow….I cherish my friendship with all of you.

    Be free Mike and enjoy the run……………

  19. Len & Marge Neufeld

    What is the appropriate way to respond – with joy or sadness? I guess it is both. We rejoice with Mike that he is relieved from suffering and is now enjoying his time in the presence of Jesus. We are sad about your loss of a much loved family member.

  20. Miyahara / Butler Family

    A truly inspirational family, and man. Wishing you all great peace, memories, and love.

  21. Sheena & Nathan Bragg.

    We met for the First time when Nathan & Maddison were in Kindergarden together. You are a Great Family, full of love & support for each other. Our deepest sympathy go out to you all right now on the loss of Mike, a great Husband & Father. Your strength for each other will help you through your loss, Mike will always be with you, guiding you watching over you. You are an inspiration to us all God bless. Xx

  22. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    Yvonne (Fitwell Gym)

  23. Paula Purdon O.T

    Sorry to hear of Mike’s passing,,,,He and your family are an inspiration of strong faith and love…It was a pleasure to meet Mike and yourself. Take care and my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family

  24. Dearest Nadine and children, my heart is with you all as you lay Mike to rest in the arms of Jesus. My kids and I are so blessed to have known him, and all of you. He made a lasting impression on my kids during those years we were neighbors. Our God will surely supply ALL that you need and more as His peace and comfort and joy fills and carries you through this next season of life. We all love you and will be lifting you up in prayer.

  25. i worked with Mike a few times on E4!!! Such a great and funny guy!!! Great nurse!!! What a courageous man!!!
    My prayers will be for you and your family!!

  26. Jane Straker Gray

    I worked at Riverview, but didn’t get the pleasure to share a ward with Mike. After discovering your blog, I’ve gotten to know him so much more.
    I’m so very sorry for your loss, Sands family. May your beloved Mike rest in peace.

  27. I was saddened to hear of Mike’s passing in the latest paper. It’s been quite a few years since I have seen him and was totally unaware of his ALS battle. We played a lot of ball hockey together many years ago and I always enjoyed our occasional commute time to venues to play. My sincere condolences to all of his family as I know he will be missed !

  28. Lady at Ontario place: “do you have the time?” Uncle Mike: “uh yeah..its quarter after.” Lady: “quarter after what?” Uncle mike: “Oh I don’t know, the other hand is broken.” My heart goes out to anyone that knew my uncle, because if you knew him, this is a tremendous loss for you. He was not only the funniest person that I know, but the coolest. We will miss you cool uncle mike. My deepest sympathies to those who knew him and my heart goes out to my mother, her siblings and my grandparents. Aunt Nadine, Erin, Nathan and Madison, I hope your memories of your him serve as a never-ending gift that he has left for you. I know that my memories of him will never be forgotten. He was an amazing person and uncle.

  29. Dear Nadine and family:
    My sincerest condolences on the loss of your husband/dad/granddad. The sadness is so deep I know and I wish you all strength and comfort at this very difficult time.
    Nora Chambers

  30. My heartfelt condolences Nadine and family as you have been parted for now from someone you loved so much. Our family knows what it is to say goodbye to a husband,father and grandfather and my heart still aches with the pain of that loss even now 10 years later. I have followed your blog and found comfort and strength through the unwavering faith Mike and the family have shown over these last 4 years. God has been glorified through your courage and determination to continue to give thanks in such difficult circumstances. You will grieve deeply over this loss but there is joy in that journey also; a joy that comes as God draws His loving and sheltering arms around us and brings comfort. All praise and glory belong to Him. God bless your family!

  31. Nadine and Family
    My heart goes out to you at this time. Mike was an amazing man and an inspiration to many. His spirit will live on forever through all of you.
    Janis Carrier and Family xo

  32. Alan Kelly and Fran kemp

    Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. May you find the comfort and warmth from your family, faith and friends.

  33. Dear Nadine, and family:
    My sister, Leane and I were in the same class with Mike growing up at Meadowvale PS, and then went to West Hill C.I. I believe I spoke with Mike, and/or a sibling of his at the 50th Meadowvale PS reunion.
    I wasn’t aware of his battle with ALS, until recently – and then I read through the blog on line. Wow, his spirit through adversity was amazing, and your love for him was very evident through the blog posts.

    I’d like to express my sincerest condolences to you and your family.

  34. Dale and Patti Robertson

    We met when Madison was in kindergarten. I was so impressed by your family. You have all fought such a courageous fight and your strong faith has been such a testimony. Losing a loved one is the most painful thing we go through. Knowing Mike is free in the arms of Jesus brings much comfort. May all your special memories sustain you in the days to come. The Lord is near those whose heart is broken. Psalm 34:18. May you all feel His presence surrounding you in the coming days.

  35. Deepest condolences to you Nadine and family. Mike was definitely an incredible person and he is at peace with no pain now. Thoughts are with you all.

  36. Murray and Jennifer

    Nadine, Erin, Nathan and Madison, We’ve thought so much about Mike these past couple of years. While our years apart are many now, our appreciation for the many great moments we had, as young couples, are fond ones. Our memories of Mike are many, and filled with smiles and laughter. When Jen cut Murray’s hair, Mike had to find a bowl and a camera to hold that unfortunate moment, or when your family needed a new car and Mike heard about the ‘push, pull or drag’ sale at the local car dealer…….Mike pushed that old wreck from your driveway onto the car lot. What a great athlete he was. Mike was an incredible runner, always the first pick in floor hockey, Murray taught him squash once and soon he was beating him. We remember a guy who knew he needed a career to support his growing family and went back to school to become a nurse. Mike was an extremely intelligent person who always won every board game we every played. Our memories are full of warm friendship and laughter. Mike was about as down to earth and genuine as you get.

  37. Good bye for now Mike. We shared many good times playing slow-pitch, floor hockey and always had fun at the racetrack. Save us a seat at the finish line, and as you often said, “put it on the nose”.
    You are a true inspiration to everyone. Rest in peace. Condolences to Nadine and all of the family.

  38. Mieke and Rod Matlock

    Nadine our deepest sympathy goes out to you and all of your family.

  39. Pete and Terrie Seders

    What a beautiful family you are.
    Please know we are praying for God’s love to hold and keep you during this difficult time.
    Bless you,
    Pete n Terrie ❤️

  40. Lorne and Charlotte Johnson

    Nadine and family – You have ALL fought the good fight and helped Mike finish the course. You have ALL kept the faith! Now he is experiencing his reward…yours is coming! Have been following your blogs… silently praying – will continue to do so. Our condolences and love to you and your family. Charlotte and Lorne Johnson

  41. Iona Brierton Joseph

    To the family of Michael Sands, my deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend. I was so saddened to hear of a dear colleagues passing this week, but was so inspired with the courage and faith Mike lived his life and his battle with ALS. I first met Mike when he worked at Sunrise and then at Riverview, he was always so kind and helpful and had a great sense of humor. He was always a light to others and a wonderful nurse.
    2 Timothy 4:7-I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.

  42. I have had the privilege to work with Mike at Riverview ICU til the day he left. He was the “humor” in our stressful setting and was there when you needed him. Thank you Mike for the good memories. My deepest condolences to the family.

  43. Nadine….praying and asking the father to give incredible peace and comfort to you and your family at this time. Trusting you find great encouragement in His word….
    Psalm 73:23-26
    Love, Ruthann

  44. Nadine, deepest sympathy from our family to yours. Thinking of you. Lynne Cowling, Helen Meighan and Anne Perry

  45. My thoughts and tears go out to the whole family. Mick’s whole life as a husband and father, and even brief suffering at the end is a beautiful testimony to both the saved and the lost of one man’s great faith in Christ Jesus. Praise the Lord! We will see him again….soon and very soon.

  46. Steven Simonyi-Gindele

    Dear Nadine and family,
    Mike has fought a valiant fight and he had the best wife anyone could ever wish support him through this. Psalm 61:2 “from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I”. 2 Corinthians 1:3–4 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

  47. Diane and Mark Humphries

    Peace be Thine. ox

  48. Carolyn & Luis Ledesma (and family)

    RIP, Mike. We didn’t know you well, but have known your wife, Nadine, and your daughter, Erin, through the courses at the leisure centre for many years. Our children went to school with your son, Nathan, too, at MRSS.
    We are sad for your loss, Nadine, but happy Mike is free of his earthly chains. I know he will be waiting for you and the kids, maybe with another political campaign he needs your support with :-).
    It’s hard not to cry; this could have happened to any of us.
    I am so proud to know you and watch you all fight the good fight! See you on Friday.

    with love, affection, and admiration,


  49. Goodbye my old friend, even though we havn’t seen each other in years the memories and times we shared will be with me forever. I will miss you. Best friend I ever had.

  50. Dayna Dizdarevich

    To the strongest corages family I know . Mike brought many happy smiles to the kids in our neighborhood the easter hunts he always provide to the kids every year will be somthing I will never forget This family has always been their for anyone in need being one of those people thank you prayers and thought with u at this time hugs

  51. Eric and Michelle Sukkel

    we will miss you terribly but know your are playing soccer at the field in heaven having fun with all the guys! We are so sorry for your family left behind as it much harder for them. You are all an inspiration and your love and support for one another truly teaches what it is to love.

  52. Isabel and family

    Nadine and family. My deepest condolences to all of you. May you find peace in your hearts to know that your husband (dad)(grampa) is with his beloved father. Nadine you truly are a beautiful person inside and out. I loved always reading your blogs about Mike. You too are one of a kind . Mike is free free of pain and suffering. He truly was a fighter who stayed as long as he could. God needed mike to add to his paradise. Rest in peace Mike

  53. Paula, Steve, Brad , Nick Madeiros

    Nadine and family , so very sorry to hear about Mike .
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time .

  54. I would like to send my deepest sympathy to Mikes family . I had the pleasure to work with Mike at RV and he was such a kind compassionate nurse.

  55. It has been such a privilege to know you Nadine, Mike and your children growing up. You are a wonderful inspirational family with an amazing husband, Dad, grandpa; Mike. I know he will be sadly missed. He truly fought the good fight and now has his reward. The celebration of life was a true inspiration today. Sending prayers and deep sympathy your family and thanking you for honouring my Dad by using his poem ‘Why’

    Love and blessings

    Sheila Pace

  56. Goodbye my old friend, even though we havn’t seen each other in years the memories and times we shared will be with me forever. I will miss you. Best friend I ever had.

  57. Goodbye my old friend, even though we havn’t seen each other in years the memories and times we shared will be with me forever. I will miss you.

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