Obituary — Sandra Helen Robertson

Sandra Helen Robertson

(December 8, 1940 – September 17, 2017)

Sandra Helen Robertson (nee McLellan) 1940-2017 Grenville County lost a gifted author, historian and genealogist. She will be missed by her husband of fifty five years David Osborne, son Stacy John Osborne (Kelly), daughter Andrea Fraser and granddaughter Merrick Leigh. She is survived by her sister Linda (Claire) Porter.

Sandra’s focus and goal for the past few months was to complete the “Stones of Augusta”, ensure that it was printed and to attend the book launch and signing on Sept. 16 at the Augusta Township Library. She did achieve her goal and peacefully passed on September 17. She had been bravely battling lymphoma for the past eighteen months. Born in Strathroy, ON she was the daughter of the late John Franklin and Ida Mae McLellan.

Sandra spent her early years, in north Middlesex near Parkhill. She attended a rural one room school where she was the only student in her grade. While Sandra was at her first job at the head office of London Life Insurance, she met and married David in 1962. Sandra and David purchased and ran the Glen Motel located on old highway #16 from 1964 to 1974. Sandra was instrumental in designing their current home constructed in 1974. Sandra was an avid bridge player and enjoyed her twice weekly games at Walker House and with friends in Prescott.

Sandra was a consummate volunteer serving on the boards of the Spencerville Mill, New Decade (a Federally funded program teaching women welding), Brockville Psychiatric Hospital, Grenville County Historical Society and a number of other board committees in the Township of Edwardsburgh Cardinal. Sandra was a stay at home mom until Stacy and Andrea graduated and moved far afield to follow their own careers. Sandra was employed for the next eighteen years as a seasonal travel counsellor at the Ontario Travel Information Centre located at the Ogdensburg-Prescott border crossing. She loved the job working with university and college students but especially enjoyed “telling people where to go”. Sandra was the author of a trilogy of books recording all stone houses and structures in both Edwardsburgh Cardinal and Augusta Townships. Her Town of Prescott book dealt with houses built in the 1800’s. Sandra was awarded the Edwardsburgh Cardinal Township 2016 Citizen of the year jointly with her husband.

The family would like to thank the Brockville General Hospital Palliative Care team, as well as Dr. Ashe and Jaworski for the wonderful care and support. Family and friends may attend her Celebration of Life ceremony at the Johnstown Community Centre, 2:00 PM on Sunday September 24.

Donations in Sandra’s memory may be made to the Johnstown United Church or the Ontario SPCA-Leeds Grenville Animal Centre. Condolences and tributes may be made @

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