Doyle, Sandra J. “Sandy” of Watertown August 21, 2020, Age 81, passed Friday, August 21st following a brief illness. Devoted daughter of the late Thomas and Irene (Klocker) Doyle. Loving sister of the late Robert A. and Irene A. Doyle. Also survived by a niece & two nephews and her loving & constant companion “Schatzie”.
Sandy, a lifelong Watertown resident, graduated Watertown High School, 1956. She is remembered for her contagious giggle, never late for anything, and was co-editor her senior year of the school newspaper, The Bulletin. Graduating from Boston University, she was drawn to the field as a retail buyer for Jordan Marsh Co. (Macy) traveling to New York, Chicago and California. Years later she gave up the traveling and moved as a buyer for Deerskin Trading Post, Danvers.
Sandy, youngest of her siblings along with Irene continued living and caring for their parents as a close knit family on Langdon Avenue. Their mother, Irene, passed on 1975 and when their Dad grew ill and wheel chair bound, the siblings together rose to the occasion, and Sandy gave up her career and stayed home and cared for “Daddy” until his passing in January, 1989.
In 1990, brother Aiden, who had three children, Robert, Irene and James, was in a tragic accident that left him severely injured confining him to a residential facility until his passing in 2014. Sandy and Irene were faithful visitors, visiting twice weekly and watching over him. Traveling down to the South Shore, Sandy always found a route to avoid the traffic on the Expressway.
The sisters were two peas in a pod. They went everywhere, of course with Missy, and then Schatzi in 2007. The girls enjoyed going to the Cape, puttering around the house, reading and going for lunches, enjoying family holidays. Irene passed suddenly weeks before Christmas, 2013. Sandy was heartbroken and spoke of her loneliness to closer friends.
She and Schatzi, as Bob, one neighbor infers, “reliable as the mailman, neither rain, sleet, hail, kept her from her daily rounds with Schatzi.” The Morash family noted Sandy as the eyes and ears of Langdon. She knew your name and details of your family. As Sandy walked the neighborhood, she embraced the chatter and Martha comments she was truly interested in each new neighbor, especially the little ones who she enjoyed visiting. Sandy’s memory was sharp, people, places, times and events. Paul was fascinated by her stories and memories of Watertown shared while on their jaunts to Wollaston Beach for lobster rolls. He enjoyed their reminiscing on the ride home, of course, on the back roads.
Sara will miss her “Hiya Sara! Sandy gave her honest and direct advice in addition to keeping her up on the latest news of the neighborhood. Betsy says Sandy was the quintessential New Englander, straight talking, tough, but kind, generous, caring, soft on the inside.
Sheryl says Sandy was the sentinel of Langdon Avenue, who kept track a watchful eye and made friends with all city officials and construction workers.
Nancy, one town official, met Sandy not long before starting at the Town Hall in 1987. Sandy had direct issues with a former neighbor. But as we know, the wheels turn slow. Nancy learned quickly that if you said something was going to occur, it better happen. Weekly phone calls were the norm and thus from that a deep caring friendship grew to this day.
Bob reminds us that upon her passing Langdon Avenue have lost a big piece of its history and character.
While Sandy lost her immediate family, she and her companion Schatzi, embraced and happily entered into the new second family of Langdon Avenue neighbors and new friends. We will all miss her dearly. Now join your heavenly family and know you have left fond memories along with sadness in each one of us.
Visiting hours in the MacDonald, Rockwell & MacDonald funeral home 270 Main St. Watertown Wednesday morning August 26, 2020 from 9:30–10:30 AM followed by a Funeral Mass in the Church of St. Patrick 212 Main St. Watertown at 11 AM. Due to the current precautions surrounding Covid-19, please abide by the social distancing guidelines and wear a mask. Interment Calvary Cemetery, Waltham.
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