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SHEILA GRACE THOMSON ZIMMERMAN (published on June 13, 2009)

SHEILA GRACE THOMSON ZIMMERMAN (nee YOUNG) Born 1931 in Winnipeg, died in Vancouver June 12, 2009. A graduate of the University of Manitoba with a B.A. in English, Sheila put her considerable writing and editing skills to use at a variety of jobs in both Winnipeg and Ottawa, where she moved with her husband and three children in 1964. Sheila was especially known for her mischievous wit and flair for the dramatic. She was a great storyteller, with a keen sense of the absurd. Some of her best stories concerned her travels with Bill to such spots as Morocco, Russia, Colombia and France. Always an avid and eclectic reader, Sheila worked for a time as a writers' agent. She was such a regular and knowledgeable customer at Ottawa's Food for Thought Books that its owner noticed her enthusiasm and offered her a job. In 1993, she and Bill retired to B.C.'s Sunshine Coast, where they welcomed visitors from far and wide. Sheila was an intensely private, stoic person who kept her struggles with MS and cancer to herself, and displayed extraordinary courage right to the end of her life. She was predeceased by her husband, Bill, brother, Christopher Young, brothers-in-law, Jack Zimmerman and Bob Nickerson, and sister-in-law, Betty Zimmerman, Sheila is survived by her children Kate, John and Frances, sons-in-law Ron Shewchuk and Peter Findlay, and four grandchildren, Zoe and Jake Shewchuk, and Audrey and Georgia Findlay. Among those who will miss her are her sisters, Elspeth Nickerson, Catherine (Seumas) Montrose, sisters-in-law Ann Young and Florence Brownridge, and dear friends Hellie Wilson, Gail Florance, Robin Boys and Joyce Fitzpatrick. A memorial for Sheila is planned for this summer in Ottawa. Condolences to the family may be emailed to sheila.zimm.2009@gmail.com


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