On January 14, at his home in Coeur d’Alene, PJ (Phillip James) Sand passed through to heaven to meet his Saviour. PJ’s early and continued exposures to perchlorethylene compromised his health, so the substances did him great harm. PJ had taken the Covid vaccines.
PJ was born on August 19, 1955 to Paul and Inez Sand in Coeur d’Alene. The family has always celebrated the deep German roots of his father, Paul.
PJ loved that for 50 years he never lived more than 6 blocks from downtown Coeur d’Alene. He and his mother, father, and nine siblings were integral to everything about Coeur d’Alene. He grew up on Coeur d’Alene Avenue across from IHM School and St. Thomas Catholic Church – where the church was an integral part of their traditions – also having uncles and an aunt in the clergy. PJ moved to Coeur d’Alene High School when IHM closed and he graduated from Coeur d’Alene High School in 1973.
Family was a way of life for PJ in a very special way. From the wee hours of the morning, Dad, Mom, PJ and all his siblings worked together in their family business, French Cleaners on Locust Avenue, Coeur d’Alene. Even though PJ had devoted much of his life to his family and their business together, he also retained those traits in everything he did. PJ was loyal, gentle, humble, gracious and always modest. The family worked and played loyally together – enjoying fishing was one of their fondest memories with their father at the family cabin in Priest Lake.
PJ was predeceased by both of his parents, Paul and Inez. He was also predeceased by his sister Cathy Farquar, his brother Timothy Sand, and most recently, in 2021, by his younger sister, Barbara Tolley, and younger brother, Andy.
PJ met his wife, Rhonda Fleming, at McEuen Field while playing softball in the summer of 1978. They were married for 29 years, divorced, and remained friends. At 50, PJ became the father of Mittu and Abel. With Mittu Sand of Burien, Washington, Abel Sand of Coeur d’Alene, he had grandchildren Ada, Amiya and baby Amari – a grandson who was due in two weeks.
His character and kindness were passed on to his son and daughter and he enjoyed being a parent to them. PJ is also survived by his brothers Don, Skip, Ken, Mike and Nick and their wives and children, uncles and aunts, many cousins and many lifelong friends who were dear to him.
PJ only ever had friends and never considered anyone an “enemy”; he liked to love people. His gift was simply to love people. He still produced a beaming smile even though he had been in constant pain for the past few years. social gathering of his trusted and dear friends, for life.
He had once been an avid golfer (including at St. Andrews, Scotland), was an excellent softball player and bowler. Boating with friends and being on the lake has been a fun part of his life for many years. He loved to travel and traveled to many beautiful places God created – including the Holy Land and Bible Lands – making friends wherever he went. PJ was also a summer regular as he drove his 1974 Volkswagen Thing – with a sausage dog propped up in his lap. He cherished the moments he could share with his friends at Coeur d’Alene. PJ gave his life to the Lord Jesus Christ in August 1981 and was baptized in July 1982. As promised, God finished the work He had started in PJ.
PJ’s family and children invite you to celebrate his life together at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25, 2022, at Altar Church, 901 Best Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Donations in honor of our amazing PJ can be made to Good Samaritan Rehabilitation, 901 Best Ave., Coeur d’Alene. PJ will be buried in St. Thomas Cemetery with his family.
Visit PJ’s memorial and sign his online guestbook at englishfuneralchapel.com.