Sister Bonaventure Sandford, CSJ died peacefully at the Sisters of St. Joseph Residence, 2 O’Connor Drive, Toronto, Ontario on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 in the 77th year of her religious life.
Sister Bonaventure is predeceased by her parents, Fredrick J. Sandford and Kathleen (nee Blake) Sandford.
She will be sadly missed by her sister Loretto K. Sandford and her brothers Edward and Fred Sandford (Mary Anne) their families, her Sisters in community, many former students, colleagues and friends.
Sister Bonaventure grew up in Mimico, where she was educated by the Sisters of St. Joseph. Following graduation, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto, on September 8, 1944. Sister Bonaventure pursued the teaching profession obtaining a Master’s degree in Education. She taught and was principal at both the elementary and the secondary school level mostly in the Toronto area.
In 1975, Sister Bonaventure taught at St. Joseph’s Morrow Park High School and in 1977, was appointed principal of the school until 1989. At her farewell, she was commended for her excellent contribution to the field of education and for her understanding and commitment to staff and students.
Following her retirement, Sister Bonaventure ministered at St. Joseph’s Spirituality Centre at Morrow Park. In her subsequent ministry to the Sisters in the Morrow Park Infirmary she was known for her kindness, attentiveness, and support for both staff and Sisters. Bonnie’s brother, Ed, played for the Boston Bruins and she became a life-long fan of both hockey and baseball.
In 2015 as her health declined Sister Bonaventure resided at the Sisters of St. Joseph Residence where she received excellent care until God called her home.