It is with much shock, disbelief and the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Mom and Grandma, Sheila on April 24th at 4:30am in Trillium Hospital after a brief illness.
Just six short weeks after her beloved husband Jerome left us, Sheila has now left us too.
We were all so very blessed to have had her for her 86 years.
Sheila joins her aforementioned attached at-the-hip husband Jerome, father Frank, mother Philomena and brother Richard in a place where the limits and frailties of the human body no longer apply. We truly hope they are laughing up a storm.
Sheila leaves behind her sons Jeremy, Jonathan and Jamie, her daughters-in-law Lydia and Jenn and her beloved granddaughter and part-time personal groomer Ella to cherish all the wonderful memories they have of her.
Sheila also leaves behind her big brother Frank and his wife Mary and her little sister Clare as well as all her sisters and brothers-in-law, her nieces and nephews, her good friends and neighbours and her best-friends for life (and beyond!) Geri and Doraleen who have all been loved and cherished by her from the bottom of her heart for so many years.
On behalf of our Mother, we would like to thank all of you for all the memories and the love and support you have shown her throughout the years. It meant a lot to her and means a lot to us.
We would also particularly like to thank all the PSW's for their wonderful care over the last 25 years.
From being a schoolgirl at St. Joseph’s High School and a Girl Guide in British Guiana to getting married and immigrating to Canada in 1964. From establishing a 55 year residence on Flagship Drive to raising three sons who were considerably taller than she was, Mom was truly one of a kind…especially to us, her sons.
When Mom had her stroke in 1998 and we feared that we had lost her at age 61, we never would have dreamed that we would get another almost 25 years with her. We are so very thankful and so very blessed for that. It was tough to watch her struggle and it broke our hearts, but her quiet dignity through all the indignities that age and stroke bring was enough to keep us going.
As was her laugh... her beautiful, house filling laugh, usually heard during an episode of Benny Hill or Mr. Bean or Three's Company. The stroke took away many things but she still had her laugh and she was still able to say "I love you" until the very end.
We love you too Mom.
Always and forever.
We will miss you terribly and our lives will never be the same nor as happy now that you and Dad aren't with us, but we will never forget you and all your "Sheila ways".