Sheila Robertson

Sheila Frances Robertson (Graham)

Thursday, September 10th, 1931 - Saturday, July 6th, 2019
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Sheila died peacefully at her cherished family home, ‘The Knoll.’ Beloved wife of Ronald Neil, daughter of Theodore ‘Ted’ and Marjorie Graham. She is lovingly remembered by her children, David (Kelly), Neil (Tricia), Sarah (Garth), Colin (Amy) and grandchildren Kate, Ella, Nan, Molly, Cooper, Rosie, Jessica, Grey, and Tessa. She is survived by her brother Donald Graham (Betty). Sheila was born and educated in Toronto and received her BA from Victoria College, University of Toronto. After her marriage to Ron in 1957, Sheila dedicated her life to her home and family where, with wit, wisdom and tolerance she raised her four children and then welcomed their spouses and the nine grandchildren who gave her such joy. Sheila’s life was also greatly enriched by a variety of animals—dogs, cats, and horses—who were companions and friends. Her other great focus was the arts in which she pursued a life-long interest, especially through classes at the University of Toronto and work as a volunteer docent at the Art Gallery of Ontario. She conveyed to her children and all around her a great love for reading, music, and theatre. Sheila was fully engaged in her community both in Toronto, as part of her Veritas and TSO friends and in Inglewood, where she was a member of the UCW, the Friends of Caledon Library, and the Inglewood Garden Club. She lived a life informed by a curiosity that took her and Ron—mostly travelling in style—to many places around the globe often with their dear friends Malcolm and Sheila. While much of her life was spent raising her family in Toronto, The Knoll was her true home, and she returned there to live full-time in retirement with Ron. In her final years, and after Ron’s death in 2011, she received wonderful care from the many Personal Support Workers, especially Theresa Daubney, who enabled her to continue living with comfort at The Knoll. Family and friends will be received on July 21, 2019 from 12 Noon with a funeral service to follow at 1:00 p.m. at Inglewood United Church, 15673 McLaughlin Road, Inglewood with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Halifax Humanities Society:
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, July 21st, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Sunday, July 21st, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Inglewood United
    15672 McLaughlin Road
    Inglewood, ON L7C 1M9
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  • Service

    Sunday, July 21st, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Sunday, July 21st, 2019 1:00pm
    Inglewood United
    15672 McLaughlin Road
    Inglewood, ON L7C 1M9
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  • Interment

    Boston Mills Cemetery
    1942 Boston Mills Road
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Private Condolence

Ann Woodland

Posted at 10:37am
Ann's memories
I met Sheila shortly after our horses, Magnus and Clyde, met at Spruce Lane Stables and Clyde and I were invited to join the Sunday morning rides with Sheila, Carol, Maureen and Moira. On those rides we shared many talks of gardens, music, books and world events. I have Sheila to thank for introducing and inviting me to the Inglewood Garden Club, the Caledon Chamber Concerts, Tafelmusik, the Met Opera in HD at the Orangeville movie theatre and the Elora Festival. We shared a memorable train trip across Canada to Vancouver. Sheila also shared her family and friends with me. My Sunday Afternoons with Sheila and Barney gave Barney a long walk and Sheila and I long talks about birds, animals, books - especially those by Donna Leon and Louise Penny - and everything in between (but very little about Mr. Trump). Thank you Sheila for sharing so much of yourself with me. Rest now my friend.

Mary Maw

Posted at 10:48am
My heaerfeld condolences to Sheila's family. As part of my job at Caledon Public Libraty I had the pleasure of working with Sheila for.many years whem she volunteered with the Ftiends of Caledon Public Library. She was such a warm and kind lady and always had a smile and a twinkle in her eye. What I remember most is how fondly she spoke of her husband and family with such love and pride.

Barbara Todd

Posted at 11:08am
Thinking of you Sarah, and your entire family, as you come together to share lovely memories of your Mom. Love Barbara, Sarah, Jordyn and Ben.

Sheila Graham

Posted at 10:38am


My story with Sheila begins in early 1957 when we arrived in Toronto and had met up again with Ron. We had invited him to dinner and as he left he mentioned, "I've just got engaged to Sheila Graham." (!) We soon met and began to share our lives, attending the wedding at Casa Loma, going to the Knoll for Christmas and other family celebrations. Sheila was always so welcoming and hospitable. We shared many recipes. Who in the Robertson family doesn't remember kobi keema or short-shortbread cookies? We introduced Sheila to Japanese cuisine, which she continued to enjoy until the end. I remember many food related vacations together in France, Italy and India. Also the many years we went, first for weekends then entire weeks, to Niagara on the Lake, enjoying the plays and visits to vineyards seeking Sheila's perfect gewurztraminer. We stayed at the Prince of Wales when it first reopened and for 30 years thereafter we had the same two rooms with adjacent balconies overlooking the street, where we sat drinking and watching the passing crowd.
The last few years were different, without Ron and as Sheila adapted to her declining health. When we no longer had a car I called Sheila almost every week and she told me of her creaky arthritis and we laughed together like old times!
Farewell, Sheila- we miss you.

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