Alexander William "Sandy" Zahara

June 06, 1935 - April 13, 1999


Obituary For Alexander William "Sandy" Zahara

On Tuesday, April 13, 1999 Alexander William (Sandy) Zahara, a longtime resident of Grande Prairie, Alta. passed away at his home at the age of 63 years.

Alex was born on June 6, 1935 to Sandyk and Lena Zahara at their home in Greenway, Alta. Alex farmed with his parents in the Greenway district and then as a young man ventured out on his journey. Alex worked as a baker, logger, various construction jobs, pulp mill, grain buyer, and the Grande Prairie Regional College as maintenance foreman from 1973-1990.

Alex married Sharon Thornton on July 23, 1966. From this marriage, they were blessed with two children, Margo Jane on November 2, 1966 and Sandy Dean on October 31, 1967. Ten years ago, Alex was blessed with his grandson, Joshua whom he enjoyed and spent many happy playful hours with.

Alex and Sharon were divorced but remained friends through life. Alex remarried to Annette Toutant on November 7, 1993 and through this marriage he gained more children, Jamie and Shane Adair and within six years, he was blessed with five more grandchildren.

Alex is survived by his wife, Annette; daughter Margo Zahara and grandson Joshua Aaron Zahara-Budd; son, Sandy (Kasia) Zahara of Vancouver, B.C.; sister, Lil (Mike) Kushner of Westbank, B.C.; nephew, Terry (Liz) Kushner; niece, Cindy (Tom) Doerkson and their son, Cody of Westbank, B.C; nephew, Bernie Kushner of Liverpool, Nova Scotia; stepson, Jamie (Lisa), Kayla, Jessica, Krista Adair of Abbotsford, B.C.; stepson, Shane (Jenny), Damon, Tia; also Sharon (Marco) Alessio, mother-in-law, Lucille Thornton, Margery (Bruce) and their sons, Allan, Robbie Elliott; as well as numerous cousins and many dear friends.

Alex was predeceased by his father, Sandy Zahara in 1963 and his mother, Lena Zahara in 1972; father-in-law, Hugh James Thornton on September 7, 1998; brother-in-law, and James Allan Thornton, July 27, 1969.

Alex will hold a very special place in the hearts of many relatives and friends.

A Visitation was held on Friday, April 16, 1999 at 7 p.m. at Oliver’s Grande Prairie Funeral Chapel, 10005-107 Avenue, Grande Prairie.

A Funeral Service for the late, Alex Zahara was held on Saturday, April 17, 1999 at 11 a.m. from St. Paul’s United Church, 10206-100 Avenue, Grande Prairie with Rev. George Malcolm officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society.

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  • I miss my dad, so much . Love you 💕 always & forever .Margo

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