Sheila Doreen Contois (formerly Waddell, nee Craiggs)
Sheila died on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in Tampa, Florida, just two days before her 67th birthday. After her valiant fight with breast cancer in 2008, her battle with cancer resumed last September. Her strong will to live and the love of her family and friends carried her through another 10 months of gruelling chemotherapy. Her determination was so strong that we are sure her death was a surprise even to her. Sheila grew up and raised her children in White Rock, B.C. She moved away at various times in her life, making pit stops across the country, including Aldergrove and 100 Mile House. In 2001 she moved to Tampa to marry Walter, and eventually grew to love wearing a Buccaneers jersey in public. She dedicated most of her career to helping others in the extended care industry in Canada and also the US. Although Sheila left White Rock, her heart never did. It was her wish that she be remembered and brought back to Semiahamoo Bay, where she had so many fond memories of making sandcastles on the beach in White Rock, and of eating fish and chips at her parents’ restaurant, the Cottage Lunch. Sheila leaves behind her husband, Walter Contois, her children Tim and Laura Waddell; daughter-in-law Suzanne; grandchildren Sierra and Luke; parents Norman and Doreen Stanley; brothers Bruce (Audrey) Craiggs and Scott (Janet) Stanley; and sister-in-law Sue (Frank) Defillipis, as well as many nieces and nephews. We believe Sheila is now in a better place alongside her infant grandson Gabriel. A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, September 12 at 5:00 p.m. in the First United Church, White Rock, at Buena Vista & Centre St. Use Semiahmoo Ave. basement entrance off parking lot.