Sheila Constance Rolfe


ROLFE, Sheila Constance Died at home in Vancouver, B.C. on December 15, 2010. She leaves her husband Havelock, her son Basil (Kathrine Light) and their children Charlotte & Max, her daughter Valerie (Peter Lupini) and their children Jesse & Elliot, and her brother John Madden (Sidney), as well as cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and her beloved cat, Finn. Born in London, England on January 4, 1935 to Wyndham and Kathleen Madden, Sheila came to Canada at age three. The family settled in Vancouver where Sheila after a runaway attempt at age 12 enjoyed happy years at Queen Margaret's School in Duncan. She graduated from UBC with honours in English and Spanish, enjoying the Mussoc Club where she met Havelock. Sheila partnered motherhood with writing, first as a children's book author, and later penning short humorous pieces (what else?), book reviews for CHQM and travel articles. Sheila's favourite place in the world was the cottage on Gambier Island, adored for its simplicity and wildlife. Sheila was quick to laugh in life, brave and uncomplaining during her illness. She was gracious and grateful toward all her caregivers from the BC Cancer Agency and the Home Palliative Care. We'll be forever thankful for their compassion. A celebration of Sheila's life will be held at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, 3811 Point Grey Road on January 4th at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to the charity of your choice, or feed a homeless cat. 613087
Published in The Times Colonist from Dec. 22 to Dec. 23, 2010