October 2, 2019
Our heads hang low and our hearts are overflowing with sadness as we announce the passing of our founder and CEO, Sandy Tinsley who died on October 1st of a heart attack. But, in typical Sandy style, she was surrounded by family and close friends in her final hours.
Sandy Tinsley was a pioneer in the advertising industry, starting an ad agency in 1974 when there were but just a few women in the business. After working in radio and as the marketing director for Holsum Bakers, she decided she could do it on her own, opened her own agency, and took Holsum on as her first client. The agency quickly acquired many national and international accounts transforming brands like The Florida Keys & Key West and SuperClubs Resorts. She saw great successes with her Tinsley Yellow Pages division as well as the launchings of SilverSea Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn. On nothing more than a hand shake with the “coach” himself, Sandy created the Don Shula Show, the first and longest-running coach’s television show in NFL history.
Sandy enjoyed great success and was able to entertain family and close friends at her vacation homes in both The Florida Keys and North Carolina. Better than that, she was able to share her talents and rewards with others including her charitable work with the Boys & Girls Club, Easter Seals, The Leukemia Society, the Deering Estate and Kids in Crisis.
But, her greatest gift was how she made us all feel – valued and special. Often calling those she cared about, “kid”, she was always interested in our families and our children’s latest accomplishments. It was not uncommon for her to recognize accomplishments with a hearty “outstanding!” or a “fannnntastic!”
Although it will never be the same without her smiling face, contagious laugh and positive outlook on life, her dream and passion will live on through all of us who cared so much for her.
We will miss you “kid” –– a lot.
Services will be held at Van Orsdel Funeral Homes at 4600 SW 8th Street, Coral Gables, FL on this Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 1:30 pm to 3 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that you make donations to the following charities that were near and dear to Sandy’s heart: