In Memory of




Obituary for Sonia Sandilands (Helmer)

At the Southbridge Nursing Home in Cornwall, with family by her side on Tuesday, 1 August, 2023, Sonia Oris Sandilands (nee Helmer) of Williamstown, age 92. Beloved wife of 53 years of the late Walter Earle Sandilands. Loving mother of Brenda (Dr. Michael Bryant) of Reading, England, Ian (Barbara) of Williamstown, Sandra of Edmonton, Alberta and Neil (Cheryl) of Williamstown. Cherished grandmother of Christine (Adam), Rory (Bernadette), Maureen, David (Olivia), Anna, Roddie and Sadie. Loving great grandmother of Mady, Clara, Brandt, James and Fergus.
Sonia was born December 23rd 1930, daughter of the late George Helmer and the late Clara Myers in Newington, Ontario. Predeceased by her two brothers, Beverly and D'Arcy Helmer and brothers-in-law John and Eric and sisters-in-law Hazel, Shirley and Connie. Sonia is also survived by her sister-in-law Faye and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Sonia's life will be held at the Lancaster Funeral Home on Saturday, August 26, 2023 from 12 - 2 pm. To honour her memory, donations to: The Lost Villages Historical Society or the Sir John Johnson Manor House.
Funeral arrangements under the care and direction of the Munro & Morris Funeral Homes Ltd., 46 Oak Street, Lancaster, 613-347-3629. As a Memorial to Sonia a tree will be planted in a memory woods. A tree grows – memories live. Condolences may be made online at