Sandy at the 2000 Women’s Equality March, where she showed her unique brand of humor. DL


Jan. 7, 1944 – May 5, 2003

It has been said that you cannot truly know a woman until you receive a letter from her. Many of us know Sandy Grunow through her witty ad poems published twice monthly in The Skagway News. Those musings gave us a glimpse of the whimsy, the caring, and the strengths that made up Sandy.
Born in Victoria, Sandy grew up in the Wells/Barkerville/Quesnel area of British Columbia. From 1962 to 1965, she was a member of the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Services, in which she was trained in long range, underwater detection of nuclear submarines. After release from the Navy, she traveled to Saint Lucia, to England, and then back to Canada in the fall of 1968. After working in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver, she went North and arrived in the Yukon on Sept. 5, 1969. She never quite left. In subsequent years, Sandy lived and worked at the Iron Creek Lodge, Transport Lodge (both on the Alaska Highway), Watson Lake, and finally, Skagway.
Sandy was an active part of the Skagway community. She was an officer in the Eagles Auxiliary, she put her love of pageantry to work and masterminded such events as the Windfest Gong Show, Gangster Gala Valentine’s Day, and Mother’s Day Poetry and Champagne. In conjunction with the Skagway Centennial, Sandy organized the Governor’s Ball, even getting the Lieutenant Governor of Alaska to attend. She also served on the board of the Skagway Convention & Visitors Bureau. Sandy, a talented writer, led the Dead Horse Writers Group for many winters at the Eagles, and enjoyed hosting murder mystery nights at the lodge. One could always find her in the mornings at the Sweet Tooth Cafe sitting with the "Word from the Herd" coffee crew, where she was known as one of the “sunshine” girls.
She leaves as her legacy on this earth her son, Flight Officer Clement Skeete of Antigua, West Indies; her brothers Murray Foubister (Kamloops) and Michael Foubister (Watson Lake); her sisters Shelly Cooper (Victoria) and Chanel Zigo (Faro); her lifelong friend, Jennifer Sarovic (Vancouver); nieces, Karin, Wanda, Sandra, Lisa, Elizabeth; nephews, Andrew, Tony, Bobby, Sidney, Scott, Robin, Michael; and her Aunt Tesa and Uncle Arthur (Australia).
And she leaves a host of friends, who miss her very much.
There will be a Memorial Service for Sandy at the Eagles Hall, Saturday, May 31 at 4 p.m. Another service, attended by more than 100 friends, was held May 24 in Whitehorse at the Mt. McCIntyre Center.