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Born: May 03, 1933
Date of Passing: Jun 16, 2020Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
May 3, 1933 - June 16, 2020
Sheila was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on May 3, 1933, where she lived throughout her youth. She eventually met and married her late husband Alexander (George) McLeod in Edinburgh in 1957. Sheila and George immigrated to Canada in 1959 with her mother (Anne), sister (Audrey) and brother-in-law (Richard) to seek new opportunities. They eventually decided to make Winnipeg their home where they would begin to raise their family. They spent the next 38 years prior to George's passing as loving and devoted partners, parents and eventually extremely proud grandparents to seven grandchildren.
Sheila was employed at various periods throughout her life, but was particularly grateful for the colleagues and friends she established while working at the Investors Group for 15 years until she retired in 1995. Mum had an incredible gift and passion for gardening, and she lovingly tended a beautiful array of flowers, plants and shrubs in her stunning backyard. One of mum's favourite pastimes was shopping, where she was renowned for having a very keen eye for style and fashion - but only at a bargain!
What truly brought mum the most happiness and joy was being close with her family. Family was the central focus of mum's life, and she was instrumental in bringing us all together to turn life's simple moments into such loving, fun and memorable occasions. In our memories and heart we will always remember mum's smile and laughter which was shared with family and close friends on Christmas and other special occasions while growing up in our family home of over 50 years on Newman Avenue in Transcona. Mum's generosity and kindness sincerely touched the hearts of so many people, and she likewise was very grateful for all the friendship and support that she received from so many caring friends throughout the years, where she was affectionately known by some as "Auntie Sheila". Mum also relished the numerous trips back home to Scotland to reconnect with cherished family and close friends who were deeply missed on the other side of the pond.
Mum's incredible strength and perseverance has provided tremendous inspiration and hope to our entire family throughout her life. Our mum was the most determined and steadfast individual known to us, and her courage and resilience has given each of us the strong resolve to overcome any of life's challenges or encounters.
Our mum will be deeply missed and is survived by her son Ross McLeod; daughters, Joyce Kurnell and Mandy McLeod; sons-in-law, Robert Kurnell and Brent Bozlovitch; daughter-in-law Val McLeod; grandchildren, Kylie, Taylor and Colin (McLeod), Alexander and Aidan (Kurnell) and Hillary and Harrison (Bozlovitch); and sister Audrey Hopkins. Mum was predeceased by her husband George; parents, Ann and Thomas McNaughton; sisters-in-law, Sylvia Willshire and Jean Clelland; and brother-in-law Richard Hopkins.
In light of the current global pandemic, a private 'Celebration of Sheila's life' will be held in Winnipeg at a date still to be determined.
In lieu of sending any flowers, the family would request that donations be made to the Alzheimers Society of Manitoba or the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada.
"May the roads rise with you, and the
wind be always at your back, and may
the Lord hold you in the hollow of his hand".
Family and friends may sign a
Book of Condolence at www.glenlawn.ca.
Glen Lawn Funeral Home
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 20, 2020
Condolences & Memories (3 entries)
Ross, Joyce and Mandy, my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your Mother. I got to know Sheila in the late 1980s when I started at IG. Your Mom took me under her wing and showed me ‘the ropes’ as it was my first real job. One of the saddest days at IG was hugging your mother good-bye the day she retired. We kept in touch through the years, mostly through Christmas cards. Your mom was very well liked and will be greatly missed by many she worked with at IG. - Posted by: Jane Olshewski (Former IG work colleague) on: Jun 22, 2020
We are very sorry to hear of the loss of Sheila. We have great memories of her, George and all of the family when visiting in Winnipeg. She has left a tremendous legacy which continues in her children, their partners and grandchildren. Our sympathies to all of the family. May she Rest In Peace. Love, Rose, Flo, Leanne and Matt xxox - Posted by: Rose and Flo Kuchynski (Aunt and Uncle of Val and Ross Mcleod) on: Jun 20, 2020
Dear Ross, Joyce, and Mandy, I remember your Mum very fondly. I could always trust her to do her very best work and to not hesitate to offer her opinion, always very constructively and helpfully. I really appreciated her genuineness and candor. Oh and she loved you guys to pieces and was very proud of all of you. I missed her after I left Investors and my not keeping in touch with her was definitely my loss. I am so sorry for the loss to you and your families and to the rest of the world. - Posted by: Marilyn Joyal (Former work associate at IG) on: Jun 20, 2020
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