Title: Floyer Family Pedigree
Author: J. Kestell Floyer
Publication: Name: unpublished; about 1898;
Note: <img src="http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~floyer/jpegs/00021.jpg" align="right" width="188" height="288" style="margin:10px 10px" alt="Cynthia Sandberg"> Sandberg (Floyer) - Cynthia Edith of North Vancouver. Passed away unexpectedly in the early morning hours of July 25, 1998, after a brief illness, in her 74th year. Cynthia was a courageous and independent woman who, as a single mother, raised two sons. Although born in England, Cynthia grew up mainly in Vancouver, returning to England during the Second World War to serve with the British Army on the Rhine under Field Marshall Montgomery. After the war, she returned to Canada and became a Canadian Citizen in 1949. Cynthia took great pride in the accomplishments of her two sons, and delighted in "puttering in the garden". Cynthia is survived by her sons, Tim Sandberg of Calgary, Alberta; Nick Sandberg of North Vancouver, BC; as well as her sister Diana Maclachlan of New Westminster, BC; nephews Mark Floyer, James Floyer, and Tony Maclachlan; and niece Cecile Floyer, all of England; and her cat Samantha. She was predeceased by her brother, David Cornish Floyer of Exeter, England. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 5 at First Memorial Funeral Services, 1505 Lillooet Road, North Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association. Obituary, The Vancouver Sun, Aug 2, 1998 Cynthia was conceived in British Columbia, but because her parents' marriage was breaking up at that time, she was born in England. According to Diana, Lena Cecile returned to Vancouver in 1929 with Cynthia and David; Diana joined them shortly thereafter. They seem to have spent most of the 1930's in Vancouver, living in the West End. Lena Cecile was presumably married to Percy Brown during part of this time, but that marriage apparently didn't last long. Diana says Percy was a wonderful person. They returned to England before the outbreak of WW II, and the three children were all in Kenya together with Ernest late in the 1930's. I believe Cynthia spent several months there, this being the longest period in her life that she spent with her father. At any rate, rivalries between the parents required that Cynthia return to England before the war broke out, and Cynthia spent the war years in England. She served first in the Land Army, harvesting crops and working in the fields around the Mark Cross area of East Sussex, then joined the military when she was old enough (probably in 1940 or 41). She served as a radar operator on the south coast of England and in Ireland. After VE Day, she was stationed in Europe with the Occupying Forces. She was a secretary with General Staff Intelligence, which service was documenting war crimes to serve as evidence at the Nuremburg Trials. Cynthia returned to Canada at some point soon after the war, but made a trip to England for several months in 1948 or 49. She once again saw her father at Camberley, Surrey, but this was the last time they ever met. Cynthia did not return to England until 1984, when she visited for three weeks. In the early 1950's, Cynthia worked in the Secretarial Pool at the Jericho Military Base in Vancouver. She met Martin Sandberg, who was then working at the base as a carpenter (both were civilian employees of Department of National Defence). Cynthia broke her pelvis in a car accident while returning from a skiing trip to Mt. Baker in 1954. Martin visited her in the hospital, and they began dating upon her release. Martin seems to have had a thing for the English girls!
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