Sandy was raised in a Baptist family in Galt, Ontario, Canada, and was the husband of Elspeth Drinkwater of Preston, Ontario (married 1963).
After several years in industry and management positions, he began studies for and training in pastoral ministry.
Following a series of health problems that precluded continuing toward ministry as a vocation, he felt led to become an elementary school teacher, with a special affinity for
difficult students, both in segregated classrooms, and in the regular classes in the system.
He also devoted much time to Christian camping for children and young people, as well as other involvement in church affairs.
He had a life-long love affair with the English language, particularly poetry and the old hymn tunes. A self-described
wordsmith, he enjoyed writing of any kind that served a purpose, and also dabbled with graphic arts for nonprofit purposes.
As of 2006, he and his wife were living in Victoria, British Columbia.