April 2, 1960 – July 19, 2014
With her family at her side, our beloved wife and mother passed away peacefully on July 19, 2014. Sheri will ever be lovingly remembered by Howard, her husband of 33 years and by daughters Kyla (Justin) and Sarah. Also left to mourn her memory are her mother Mary, sister Kimberly Wolf (Eric), sisters- and brothers-in-law Joan and Grant Slater (Winnipeg) and Dave and Gina Plewes (Winnipeg), as well as many nieces and nephews, friends and relatives. She was predeceased by her father Doug Carlson in 2009. Sheri was born on April 2, 1960 in Edmonton, Alberta. After spending her early years in Sherwood Park and Hinton, she attended the University of Alberta where she graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1982. She and Howard met while attending university and married shortly after in 1981. Theirs was a true partnership based on love, respect, and shared professional and personal interests. In 1988 Kyla was born followed by Sarah in 1995. Sheri loved her girls deeply and was immensely proud of the young women they have become. Sheri's professional career began with Alberta Transportation where she worked for 5 years travelling to all parts of Alberta on various projects. For an adventure, she and Howard moved to Fort McMurray in 1987 where they both worked in the oil sand industry. In 1989, they chose to move to the warmer climes of Vancouver where Sheri joined the City of Vancouver eventually to be appointed the City's first female Assistant City Engineer in charge of the water and sewers division. She joined Translink in 1999 where she was Vice President of Capital Management and Engineering and was involved in all major transit developments including the Canada Line. In 2011 she left Translink and joined SNC Lavalin as Senior Vice President, Transportation Division. Finally, in 2011 she joined Port Metro Vancouver as VP, Infrastructure Delivery. Sheri felt fortunate to have worked on so many varied projects and to have met and worked with so many fine individuals throughout her career. The family has wonderful memories of trips taken over the years to Europe, the Middle East, Japan, and South America, and of summers spent closer to home in Tofino at their summer retreat. She was an avid reader and a wonderful cook, having once remarked that being a chef was a career she might have enjoyed. Music was a passion which led to her learning to play piano later in life and taking up Flamenco dancing with her daughters. In the midst of a very busy family and professional life, she also found time to be a willing and dedicated volunteer serving for many years on the board of the Delta Youth Orchestra and several other organizations. The discovery of Sheri's initial brain tumor in September 2012, was followed by treatments over an 18 month period. As she did with all the gifts and challenges life had to offer, Sheri faced the last few months of her life with quiet grace and dignity, and without complaint. We extend deep gratitude to a host of wonderful friends and the staff at the Irene Thomas Hospice who supported Sheri and the family throughout. A Celebration of Sheri's Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Cedar Park Church 5300 – 44 Avenue, in Ladner, B.C. with a Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Delta Hospice Society.
Delta Funeral Home (604) 946-6040
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from July 25 to July 26, 2014