It is with sorrow that the family of Sanford Thomas Fleming announces his gentle passing during the afternoon hours of May 4, 2020.
Sandy was born in Rainy River, Ontario on July 19, 1932, to Bert and Daisy Fleming. His father passed away while Sandy was still of school age, so he completed his primary education while boarding at St. John's Ravenscourt. Sandy's intellect and love of all things scientific made for a natural movement towards medical school and he became a doctor of Internal Medicine with sub specialties in nephrology and cardiology. A doctor's doctor, he will be remembered by his colleagues for his dedication, his attention to detail and his calm, reassuring manner.
When summer came, as soon as Saturday rounds at the hospital were over, the family would load up the station wagon and head to their cabin in the Whiteshell Provincial Park. It was a place of great joy for him.
Medicine was always a passionate interest for him, but Sandy was also a Master qualifier in Bridge, a challenging snooker player to all who would take him on (most notably, his friend Richard Klapecki at the Manitoba Club), an enthusiastic curler with his fellow physician friends, and the key teacher (with endless patience) of ping pong, card games, crokinole - and the art of stock trading - for all his grandchildren.
Sandy was funny and irreverent. He loved nothing better than a large family meal with lots of delicious food, engaging conversation, and good wine. Especially if that meal ended with a scotch.
Sandy leaves to remember his memory his devoted wife of 63 years, Joan Fleming; his children, Harvard (Nancy), Alex (Carla), and David; and his grandchildren, Andrew (Erika), Justin, Eric (Alana), Jared, Quinn, and Rebecca.
The family extends their gratitude to all the talented and compassionate staff of St. Boniface Hospital (some of whom Sandy had taught during his tenure), and Parkview Place - most especially, Gloria, for her enduring, thoughtful, and kind care.
As per his wishes, a later private family gathering will take place at the cabin that he loved so much. He will be missed by us all.


As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 16, 2020

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