Sheila Margaret Laidlaw
It is with sadness that we announce the death of Sheila Margaret Laidlaw on September 24, 2019 at Hospice House Fredericton. Born on December 2nd, 1931 in Edinburgh, Scotland, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Jessie (Mackay) Laidlaw and sister to the late Moira Laidlaw.
Sheila graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1953 and following her graduation was hired by the University as an Assistant Librarian. In 1957 she immigrated to Toronto, Ontario where she held a position as Librarian with the University of Toronto. In 1978 Sheila worked off and on for several years as the Library Consultant for Bermuda College where she spent many happy months setting up the new Library. In 1981 Sheila accepted a position with the University of New Brunswick as Director of Libraries. In 1992 she became a Library Consultant with the University of South Pacific (Fiji, Cook Island, Western Samoa and Tonga). Following all of her years working as a Librarian she became a self-employed wood turner for her own enjoyment and that of her friends. Then deciding she wanted to get back into the work force she held the position of Project Coordinator – Fredericton Task Force on Seniors.
Sheila was always involved in her community and her church. She held various positions as a member in such organizations as the American Library Association, the Canadian Library Association, Fredericton Society of St.Andrew’s, the Canadian Federation of University Women, Girl Guides of Canada, the Tri-fold Guild, the Parkinson’s Society Fredericton Chapter as well as the Maritime Region, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and Gilridge Golf Course. Sheila was instrumental in recommending to the City of Fredericton that a Seniors Centre should be opened on the South Side, hence Stepping Stone Seniors Centre came to be. Sheila was named Senior of the Year at the Stepping Stone Seniors Centre in 2012. She was one of the original members of the City of Fredericton Age Friendly Organization.
Sheila was a member of Christ Church (Parish) Church for many years where she acted as a Lay Reader, a member of Vestry, a member of Anglican Church Women, the Bible Study Group, and was a regular reader at Sunday services. In recent years she became a member of Christ Church Cathedral where she attended services when she was able.
Sheila will be remembered by her long-time friend, Sharon Simms, her brother-in-law John Laidlaw, his three adult children, Fiona, Alison and Colin all in Australia, and her cousins Nancy and Kathleen in Edinburgh, Scotland as well as many friends.
Special thanks are extended to Dr. Gordon MacDonald, Dr. Paulin, and Dr. Sainz and the staff at Hospice House for their gentle and caring ways for Sheila during her last days. And a sincere thank you to Judy O’Donnell, Administrator at Farraline Place and her staff for their daily attentiveness and kindness to Sheila during the seven years she lived there.
At Sheila’s request, there will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at Christ Church Cathedral on Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 at 2:00pm with Dean Geoffrey Hall officiating and the Venerable John Sharpe assisting.
In lieu of flowers, Sheila had requested donations be made to Farraline Place or Hospice House, both located in Fredericton.