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Alexander Lahey

Alexander Peter Lahey

Thursday, April 27th, 1944 - Saturday, April 25th, 2020
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It is with tremendous sorrow that the family of Alexander (Sandy) Peter Lahey announces his passing on Saturday, April 25, 2020, two days shy of his 76th birthday, of complications resulting from longstanding health conditions.

Resourceful, resilient, and kind, Sandy was beloved as Grumps by his seven grandchildren. He was born and raised in the lobster fishing village of Main-à-Dieu, on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, the eldest in a family of eight. He studied at Saint Francis Xavier University before moving to southern Ontario in his early 20s, where he took a job with National Cash Register (NCR), learning the trade of cash register sales and repair. From 1976 until 2010, Sandy was co-proprietor of Century Cash Register, which sold and serviced cash registers to businesses large and small throughout the GTA, from takeout restaurants to public libraries to convenience store chains. Sandy was a master at home repairs, never let a newspaper flyer go unread, made a mean corned-beef-and-cabbage boiled dinner, shed tears at any talk of “down home,” and for several decades regularly read the liturgy of the word at Sunday mass at St. Patrick’s Parish in Burlington.

Sandy will be greatly missed by Phyllis (Bryk), his wife of 50 years; his kids Sean (and his wife Jen), Anita (and her husband Tom), Wendy (and her husband Mike), and Matthew; his grandchildren Nathan, Kyle, Charlie, Henry, Ainsley, Pippa, and Tenley; and his siblings Bill (Karen), George (Diane), Lil (Albert), Angus (Melinda), Valerie (Les), Charlie (Rita), and Herman (Tina).

Sandy suffered numerous health ailments in recent years, struggles he met with quiet grace and a determination to regain health and strength that he held to the last. His family greatly appreciates the compassion and care shown by Dr. Kumaranayake, Dr. Nayar, and the staff, doctors and specialists at Joseph Brant Hospital and Hamilton Health Sciences.

A memorial mass will be held at a later date. Donations in Sandy’s memory can be made to Diabetes Canada (, Spinal Rehabilitation at Hamilton General Hospital (, or Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation (
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Brian Sherritt

Posted at 10:11pm
My sincere sympathies. I have many happy memories of the years that I worked with him at Century Cash Register. He was a wonderful boss and a patient teacher as well as being an outstanding man in his own right My deepest condolences to the family.
Brian Sherritt

Darlene Howitt

Posted at 09:49pm
My sincere heartfelt condolences goes out to you all at this time. I know it has been a long time for us all, but I've always had much respect for Sandy, and his kind and caring ways. I will keep you all in my prayers. Darlene Howitt (Sherritt)

heather perry

Posted at 12:14pm
Please accept our deepest sympathy on your loss. May the memories you share help you through the days ahead.
Gary and Heather Perry
Catalone NS

Debbie Mahon

Posted at 08:52am
To Sandy’s immediate Families, as well as, his Cape Breton Families- Billy, George, Lil, Angus, Valerie, Charlie, and Herman.
A love that’s shared will never fade, and all the memories that you made will never be forgotten.
Our Condolences to You.
Debbie & Mike Mahon - Louisbourg,NS

Susan Collins

Posted at 05:55pm
Phyllis and family, on behalf of Lakeside Dental please accept our condolences. Always a pleasure to see Sandy’s smile at our office, sincerely Sue

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