Sheela Tilson

Sheela Mary Tilson

Thursday, January 29th, 1942 - Wednesday, July 1st, 2020
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After her valiant fight against esophageal cancer, it is with heartfelt sadness that Sheela’s siblings announce her passing. Sheela had support and outstanding care given to her by the entire professional teams at St. Joseph’s Healthcare and Juravinski Cancer Centre in Hamilton, and Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington where she passed away peacefully on July 1, 2020. Born in Toronto on January 29,1942, Sheela was predeceased by her beloved parents, Greta (Bannon) Tilson (1984) and Desmond Townley-Tilson (1994). She was the dearly loved and respected sister of Shawn (Dale); Michael (Dinora); Deirdre (Neil MacGibbon); Pegeen (Doug Marshall). Sheela was also adored for her unconditional love and unwavering support by her nieces and nephews: Kelly, Drew; Meghan, Jeremy, Joshua, Jacob; Patrick; Callum, Griffen, Aidan, Conal; as well as her eight grand nieces and nephews. The family extends sincere gratitude to Dr. Tim and Tina Cuddy for the health care as well as their extraordinary compassionate and comforting counsel to Sheela over the years. In accordance with Sheela’s wishes, cremation and interment attended by the immediate family was held on July 9, 2020 at Greenwood Cemetery, Burlington. Arrangements were entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Homes, Burlington. If desired, Sheela requested that donations in her memory be directed to St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton Foundation for “Mental Health & Addiction Care”
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    Greenwood Cemetery
    1030 Greenwood Dr.
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Gail McTague

Posted at 11:55am
I was shocked and very sorry to read of Sheela's passing and her struggle with a very challenging illness. She was a wonderful neighbour and friend to my Mother even after Sheela left the family home on our street. She was there, with a beautiful card at
Mother's 100th Birthday celebration. I wish she might have had as many years herself.
Sincere condolences to all her family.

Gail (Munro) McTague

Kent Taylor

Posted at 09:30am
I had the huge privilege of being Sheila’s Dermatologist for about 30 years, and for looking after her father Desmond for years before his passing. I have known the Tilson family to be nothing but the very best of folks on the planet, and Sheila did them proud. We’d talk about everything but her skin and I always looked forward to her visits to my office to cheer me up.
Although she may never have told him (and although I’m betraying a confidence), she worshipped her brother Shawn, his wife Dale and her nieces and nephews. This was very clear to me over the years. She especially was “blown” away about the celebration Shawn arranged for her 70th birthday, and we discussed what he was possibly planning for her 80th!!
I wish the family great strength during this time of immense loss. A great “light” has just gone out. The world is, now, not as nice a place. I shall very much miss my friend Sheela. May she Rest In Peace.
Dr. Kent Taylor

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