Sandra McKessey - Eulogy
Sandra McKessey was born to Mavis and Lester Wilson on February 12, 1953, on the island of
Jamaica. In 1963, she moved to London, England at the age of eleven. During her time in London, she
stayed with her Aunt Sylvia and Uncle Harry and was revered as an excellent student where she received
recognition and recommendation to pursue a career in the medical field. Sandra attended Bow
Secondary All Girls High School in London. Upon graduating, she worked at a bank until Aunt May, who
was missing Sandra at the time, sent for her to move to the US in 1969. As a child, Sandra was
considered the adult of the group, she was a funny, highly outspoken intellectual who was loved dearly.
Upon her move to Brooklyn, New York, in 1969, Sandra completed a year of schooling at
Prospect Heights High School, graduating in 1971. Sandra dabbled a bit in modeling while attending
Barbizon Modeling School. In 1974, she met Hugh McKessey. They married in 1975 and in 1977,
welcomed their first born son, Andrew. They then welcomed Kevin and Steven in 1983 and 1985,
respectively. In the early eighties, Sandra joined Shearson American Express, and worked as a stock
analyst. She subsequently joined the Depository Trust Clearing Corporation (DTCC), where she worked
until her retirement in 2014. Sandra enjoyed her work and became known as an excellent employee
who trained and mentored numerous individuals at both companies. The friendships she cultivated at
both organizations lasted for the duration of her life.
Sandra eventually enrolled at and obtained a baccalaureate degree in Accounting from Medgar
Evers College (class of ’99). While at Medgar Evers, she served as President of the college’s National
Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Chapter, while ensuring her time at DTCC was not impacted by
her night studies. Her boys would roam the halls of the campus many a night. Upon graduation, Sandra
became Treasurer of the college’s Alumni Association. She simultaneously became a more active
member of the church community at St. Therese of Lisieux. Sandra volunteered at the rectory and then
joined the Catholic Daughters of America. She also supported outreach efforts and children ministries at
the Discovery Bay Roman Catholic Church in St. Ann, Jamaica. Not unlike her time at Shearson AMEX and
DTCC, she built relationships that would last for the rest of her life.
Sandra lived a vigorous and victorious life despite her 13-year fight with cancer. She had a
notorious sense of style, and perfectly curated matching hats, shoes, and handbags. She was a known
travel connoisseur and when shopping she never shied away from a good discount. She was an
inspiration to many and a confidant who never hesitated to provide a listening ear. She was a kind and
caring woman who often gave her last to make someone else happy. She was also an excellent baker,
whose “black” cake was infamous thanks to Aunt Iris who showed her the ropes as a child.
God called Sandra Evelyn McKessey home on November 30th, 2019. She leaves behind to mourn, her
husband Hugh, three children Andrew, Kevin, and Steven, two daughters-in-love Alexis and Natina, four
grandchildren Quadir, Drew, Olivia, and Savannah. Her brother, Stafford Wilson, and many nieces,
nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, countless extended family and friends. We will miss her dearly and she
will be forever in our hearts.
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