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Date of Passing: May 14, 2022

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It is with great sadness, we announce that Maxwell John Sandilands passed peacefully, with family by his side, on May 14, 2022.
Remaining to cherish his memory are his loving wife Carol; son Jason (Trish), grandchildren, James and Savannah, and their mother Rebecca; Glen (Kerri) grandsons, Rory and Connor, sister Judy, sisters-in-law, Susan Clark and Dot Sandilands as well as many loved nieces and nephews.
Max was predeceased by his parents, Muriel and Harry, sisters, Nancy and Joan; brother Kevin; and brother-in-law Cole.
Max was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on June 25, 1944. After marrying Carol (Clark) in 1972, he immigrated to Canada in 1976. Max's lifelong career included accounting and management before retiring from Greensteel Industries in 2012.
Max was a member of the ANAF 283 for nearly 30 years, where he was an active member of their snooker league.
He also enjoyed watching his sons play soccer, football and hockey. He was an avid sports fan and was always cheering on the Jets and Bombers. In his retirement, Max enjoyed spending time with family, playing golf, snooker and crib as well as projects around the house.
The family would like to thank the incredible staff at Victoria General Hospital, Prime, Deer Lodge, and Health Sciences Centre ER.
The funeral will be on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Ness Avenue Baptist Church followed by private family interment.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Max's memory may be made to Parkinson's Canada.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 21, 2022

Condolences & Memories (13 entries)

  • Worked w/ Max at Greensteel/ Steldor. Such a very friendly person and a kind man. So sorry to hear of his passing. Visiting w/ our friend at Deer Lodge, who also worked at Greensteel, Jim Wilson, who sadly, has just passed away last Thursday. So sorry to hear. I was just a junior salesperson but respected their advice and direction. Along with Phil Colton, Buck Rodgers, Jack Adams and so many more appreciated people. Such is life as sad to say....... No one lives for ever.. Hope the after life is wonderful. - Posted by: Doug Green (Friend) on: Jun 27, 2022

  • On behalf of everyone in the Down Under Club of Winnipeg (DUCW), our sincere condolences to Max's family and friends and all who knew and loved him. Max was a member of the DUCW for many years, and although we lost contact in the last while, we remember him and Carol, and are very sorry to hear of Max's passing. - Posted by: Jenny Gates (friend through the Down Under Club of Winnipeg) on: Jun 04, 2022

  • My Friend for some 35 yrs. I have lost Max was a Gentleman Intelligent and Respectful to all. We shared time together playing snooker crib and golfing From time to time my wife and I would go out for dinners with Max and Carol. God Bless U My Aussie Buddy - Posted by: Rick McBRIDE (Friend) on: May 24, 2022

  • Max was a GOOD NICE man....celebrations and meals at Kerrris were Max smiling and talking to grandson Rory...good company for Max with the puppy Brucie Miss you Max ❤️😇 - Posted by: rob harrison (co grandparent) on: May 24, 2022

  • Carol, Jason and Glen & loved ones, we always enjoyed the numerous spontaneous visits in the stores we both frequented. There was always time, it seemed, to stop and wander our way together through a story or a thought that was on our minds. Max was interested in what was happening in our lives. He never hesitated to offer a word of advice and was so quick to laugh with us. Our prayers were never far from you, as a family. Our love is with you as you say goodbye. May God be near you all. Love Rob & Joan - Posted by: Rob & Joan (Church Friends) on: May 23, 2022

  • I met Max and Carol the first day or so when they arrived from Australia and we have been close friends ever since. Max was a dedicated coworker of mine and I will never forget him. I wish Carol and the family peace and love as you learn to handle life without a great husband and father. May my good friend Rest In Peace. Garry Miller - Posted by: Garry Miller (Friend) on: May 22, 2022

  • My condolences, Glen and family, on the passing of Max. Sending warm thoughts. - Posted by: Jeff Kowerchuk (Childhood friend of Glen) on: May 22, 2022

  • Bruce and I shared many happy times with Max. He was always such a generous host and a great barbequer. He was a dear man who loved his family deeply. - Posted by: Sue Clark (Sister-in-law) on: May 22, 2022

  • Carol, Jason, Glen, spouses, and grandchildren: Grieving is a journey and not a destination. Some days harder than others. The empty chair at the table, a birthday, Father's Day, Anniversary, the phone that no longer rings, fatherly advice, the familiar sound of his voice, regret. All these are part of the journey. We have such fond memories of sharing many Christmases together and Max's famous pavlova's for desert. We mustn't forget the Vegemite. Only an Australian will appreciate that flavor. As our families multiplied our gatherings became harder to coordinate but our everlasting love and concern for all never ended and never will. Please be assured that when you shed a tear, we will taste salt. That is the oneness we will forever share. Fondly remembered by, Joy Buettner and family, Cindy, Kerry, Danny, Brian. - Posted by: Joy Buettner (Close Friend) on: May 21, 2022

  • Please accept my deepest condolences to you and your family over the loss of Max. Wishing you peace during this difficult time. - Posted by: Kathryn Blair-Colbert (Friend) on: May 21, 2022

  • Our condolences to you all. May time, your faith, love as a family and memories help you heal through this very difficult time. Rest in peace Max, you will not be forgotten. With love, Claire and Ron Voldeng - Posted by: Claire and Ron Voldeng (Friends) on: May 21, 2022

  • Never say Godbye There can be no goodbyes for us It would be too painful dear, Our connection still lives on although You’re far from here I miss the times that we once had But one day close again I’ll hold you close and laugh with you I just wish I knew when Each moment till that day arrives Until my time is through I’ll miss you more than words can say And always think of you I’ll look for you among the stars And each dawn a pastel sky And whisper words of love to you But never say Good bye — author unknown Facebook I hope this poem of love Carol brings you a small measure of comfort in time passing in the loss of your husband. My sincere condolences to you and your family. I will light a candle in his honour and memory 💞🤗 Lisa Sears - Posted by: Lisa Sears (Acquaintance of Carol at St. James Assinaboia 55+ Center) on: May 21, 2022

  • So sorry to hear that Max has passed away. I enjoyed working with him at Greensteel. My condolences to the family. - Posted by: Jill Hildebrandt (Former co-worker at Greensteel ) on: May 21, 2022

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