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After 45 years of keeping Windsorites cool in the Summer, Splendor Pools is closing its doors.
But they say the news isn’t all sad, as its community legacy will live on for a long time through two endowments: the Marilyn and Sandy Wilson Nursing Scholarships Endowment at the University of Windsor and the Big Brothers Big Sisters-Windsor Essex Sandy Wilson Spitfires Seats Endowment.
The family says the business will also live on through family fun from thousands of pools sold throughout the county, through its dozens of summer employees who earned their university tuition and starts to their independence at Splendor and through customers’ memories of the stories and jokes Sandy told them when they came in for supplies and a visit.
“It’s fitting that the business is being wound up with Splendor’s name and logo not being sold on,” says Sandy’s son Scott who has been managing it since Sandy died in March of 2013. “Splendor was Sandy and Sandy was Splendor.
“There’s still lots to do before the store closes and the property is sold,” Scott says. We’ve been in touch with customers to assure them that their pool closings will take place as scheduled and we’re holding an END of an ERA sale so that the last of our pools will go to family users at great prices.
In January 2013, Sandy and his brother Dave helped Big Brothers Big Sisters Windsor Essex celebrate their Canada’s centennial by donating $20,000 for the privilege of having the local agency’s Group Activity Room named for them. In addition to generous bequests to both endowments, Sandy’s will provided that proceeds from the sale of some of his personal and household things would go to the Nursing Scholarships endowment. The BBBS-WE Spitfires Seats endowment benefits from this, too, through Dave’s making a proceeds-matching donation to it.
The Walker Road store closes at the end of October, after which any unsold items will be available at George and Alice’s Collectibles and Antiques at Wyandotte and Gladstone.