Sandra McIllwraith

Obituary of Sandra Elizabeth McIllwraith

The family of Sandra Elizabeth McIllwraith, 63, of Quispamsis, New Brunswick, are saddened to announce her passing on July 18th, 2022, at the Saint John Regional Hospital after a short and courageous battle with cancer.

Born May 31st, 1959, Sandra was predeceased by her loving parents John “Jack” and Audrey Barnes of Saint John, New Brunswick. Sandy was also predeceased by her big brother Douglas Barnes, her dear mother-in-law Ruth McIllwraith, and precious grandson Jaxson Dempsey.

Sandra is survived by her loving husband Stuart McIllwraith, whom she met in 1985, after which they immediately fell in love. They went on to be married for 38 years. Together they raised 5 beautiful children, Meaghan McIllwraith (Cory Goobie), Sean McIllwraith, Jessica Garfield, Gregory McIllwraith, and Marlene McIllwraith (Jonathan Reid). She is also survived by her siblings Thomas Barnes and Nancy Clowater (Charles) of Ottawa; her grandchildren, Kathryn McIllwraith, Olivia McIllwraith, Jace Goobie, Dayton Goobie, Garett Dempsey, and Avelyn Dempsey, who adored their nanny, as well as nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

Sandra was a dedicated wife and mother who shared her love with countless children in the community as a childcare provider. Sandra was our biggest cheerleader and constant supporter. Our family would not be where it is today if it was not for her.

The family wishes to thank the palliative care unit of the Saint John Regional Hospital for the care they gave Sandra in her last days.

As per Sandra’s wishes there will be no visitation or funeral. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Joshua Group or the Maddie Murphy memorial scholarship fund in Sandra’s name.

Arrangements entrusted to Brenan’s Funeral Home (634-7424). Online condolences and memories may be shared at

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