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Born: Oct 04, 1941

Date of Passing: Oct 31, 2018

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BRIAN DOUGLAS SANDERSON (SANTA) October 4, 1941 - October 31, 2018 It is with deep sorrow we announce the peaceful passing of Brian, husband and soul mate of the late Barbara Ann, father of James (Christine) Sanderson, Susan (Richard), Bliss, Karen (Chad) Cotterill, Sharon (Randy) Hart, Slade (Kathy) Bailey; and 12 grandchildren, Christopher (Sheryl), Lacey (Ryan), Ainsley, Breanne (Joel), Braden (McKenzie), Alexandra, Emily, Connor, Benjamin, Trevor, Drew, Erin; and seven great-grandchildren, Nikiah, Owen, Elijah, Raine, Rylan, Presley and Noah. He leaves his best friend and partner Lillian Hallaren-Harrison and her children, Craig (Susy), Debra; and grandchildren, Jenny, Maurice, Cody and Emily. He leaves his brother Wayne (Lynne) and sister-in-law Eleanor, sister-in-law Sandra Sutton, of Southend on Sea Essex, England and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves a longtime dear friend and neighbour of 43 years, Margret Ilderton. Predeceased by his parents, Mary and Clarence; in-laws, Ruby and Arthur; his brother Dennis; and brother-in-law Barry. Donations in memory of Brian can be made to "In Memory of Santa Brian Toy Drive", Sing Canada Harmony Memorial Tribute or CancerCare Manitoba Foundation. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 9 at Charleswood United Church, 4820 Roblin Blvd. at Dieppe Road. For online condolences or to light a memorial candle please log onto
Publish Date: Nov 7, 2018

BRIAN DOUGLAS SANDERSON (SANTA) Brian died October 31, 2018, peacefully in his sleep, at the age of 77 years. Memorial service will be held Friday, November 9, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Charleswood United Church, 4820 Roblin Blvd., Winnipeg, MB. A private interment will be held at Brookside Cemetery, Winnipeg, MB. Donations in memory of Brian may be made to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation.
Publish Date: Nov 5, 2018

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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 05, 2018, Nov 07, 2018

Condolences & Memories (12 entries)

  • Just wanted to send my condolences to the family when I read the article about Brian. My name is Fay Abrams Charach I used to be an Abrams if Brian’s brothers remember parents Beverly and Bill - your mom and dad used to babysit us and were like Live in grandparents to mom placed an ad in the newspaper in the late 60’s for a babysitter and his mom answered the ad...”gran and gramps” stayed with us many times when I was a baby...memories I have is coming to decorate their Christmas tree and her special Christmas cookies ♥️ hugs to your whole family at the difficult time! Love the Abrams Girls Shari Moleigh Fayanne - Posted by: Fayanne Abrams Charach (Friend) on: Dec 16, 2018

  • So sorry I did not hear about Brian’s passing until now. I know he will be missed by many people, he was a great guy. - Posted by: Dawn Guliani (Old friend, from Bristol Days. And re-acquainted when I took my Granddaughters to see Santa.) on: Dec 04, 2018

  • All of us volunteers at Assiniboine Park and Zoo enjoyed spending time with Santa Brian. He was a great volunteer and a greater Santa wherever he went. He brought so much joy to so many children over the years and will continue to be remembered, especially during the Christmas Season. I’ll remember the commitment Brian and Lillian made throughout their volunteer time at Assiniboine Park Zoo. - Posted by: Gord holloway (Fellow volunteer at Assiniboine Park and Zoo) on: Nov 08, 2018

  • Brian was a great Santa and even a greater person. Thanks for everything Brian. - Posted by: Ron Mark (Friend ) on: Nov 08, 2018

  • I started working with Santa Brian the year my dad passed in 2000. It was a very sad christmas for me but Santa Brian unknowingly helped me through a difficult season. When Barb passed I hope I repaid his compassion and support. He made the job seem not like a job at all but more a way of life. Santa you will be missed very much by all who lives you touched. Ta ta for now. - Posted by: Jan Bais (Santa's Elf) on: Nov 08, 2018

  • I first met (santa) when we got our camp site at Chestly's campground. We was a part of the group in section C. Everyone loved Santa, he was a very kind caring person. We are going to miss him dearly. I could not believe it when I found out that's he passed away. My heart goes out to all his family, and to my friend Lillian. So sorry for your loss ❤🙏🙏❤ - Posted by: Nadine bell (friend) on: Nov 08, 2018

  • I first met Santa Brian Sanderson when he met me at Polo Park to sell me bud spud and steak tickets for a Chesley's Resort fundraiser. We sat and talked for awhile and he told me I now had a friend at Chesley's as I was new there. He was such a nice person to talk with and I instantly felt comfortable and I was pretty excited to know "SANTA" personally. He will be missed but heaven has gained an angel and he will be forever looking down over us. - Posted by: Cynthia Whitfield-Laurent (Chedley's Friend) on: Nov 07, 2018

  • We got to know Santa Brian at Chesley’s Resort over the last few years. We can truly say that we have not met a person with a bigger heart. Brian, you will be missed. Never say goodbye. Ta-ta for now! - Posted by: Brenda and John Stone (Freinds) on: Nov 07, 2018

  • I worked with Brian at Polo Park the last 3 years. I admired his professionalism and dedication that he had for his job. I appreciated his advice as I was a newcomer to this line of work. He was a terrific person and will be missed - Posted by: Jerry Simundson (Friend and coworker ) on: Nov 07, 2018

  • So very sorry to hear of Brian's passing. Brian and Barb were great friends with my parents, and myself. I knew Brian for over 30 years (before the Santa days) through the Manitoba Antique Association - Brian was always quick with a smile and a jolly greeting. Something he obviously put to good use later in life. The world is a much less happy place today without Brian. Very sad. - Posted by: Chris Dant (Friend) on: Nov 07, 2018

  • It brought back memories of when I started working at Bristol Aerospace. Brian was working in the Personnel Office (now called Human Resources). It was Brian who interviewed me for a stenographer position in November 1972. I also have memories of taking my granddaughter to sit on his knee at Polo Park. - Posted by: Joyce Pachkowsky (Colleague) on: Nov 06, 2018

  • It was Brian who hired me in the UK to come and work at Bristol Aero in 1975. I moved to Winnipeg a few weeks later and was greeted with a very warm welcome by Brian. He always had this mischievous grin spreading from ear to ear. And he always seemed so glad to see you. He was a very nice man. - Posted by: Trevor Smith (Former colleague at Bristol Aerosapce) on: Nov 05, 2018

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