Sheila Cadogan (nee Donnelly)

October 2, 1923 - January 24, 2020

Funeral Details: Memorial service will take place at St. Margaret of Scotland Anglican Church, 161 Hanmer St W., Barrie, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 29, 2020

Beloved wife of the late Wilf Cadogan; loving mother of Paul and Susan; adoring grandmother of Jordan and Robin Cadogan, and Matthew, Jonathan, Dan, and Thomas O'Neill; great-grandmother of Charlotte, Madeline, and Elizabeth.


Sheila was born and educated in Manchester UK.  A bridesmaid in her cousin's wedding, she met Wilf, the best man.  He was immediately smitten.  Their courtship was mostly conducted by letter, since she was in the WRAF, and he was a Canadian soldier.  He did have a habit of somehow 'turning up' unexpectedly, however, not easy to do in wartime England.  Demobbed in 1946, Wilf returned to Canada, joined by Sheila in March 1947.  Married in Woodstock, they made their home in Barrie, where they raised their family.


Sheila was a longtime employee of the County of Simcoe Library, and she and Wilf were active parishioners at St Giles Church throughout most of their 60 years together.  After retirement, she volunteered at RVH for 20 years, which brought her great joy.


Special thanks to the staff at Mill Creek Care Centre, her home for the last 7 years of her life, especially to the nurses and PSWs-her 'angels'-who cared for her so tenderly and lovingly in her final weeks; and to Hope, neighbour and friend extraordinaire, who brought sunshine into the room with every visit.


A memorial service for Sheila will take place at St. Margaret of Scotland Anglican Church, 161 Hanmer St W., Barrie, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 29th. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Barrie GrandMothers & GrandOthers, part of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, or a charity of your choice.



3 Condolences
  • Janis Craig
    Posted on: Saturday, February 8, 2020 Reply

    To Paul and Susan, so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom Sheila. She was a good friend of my Mom Audrey Craig back in the early days. I would enjoy talking with her as she volunteered at RVH over the years, as I was an RPN there before retirement. My deepest condolences to you and your Families. Sincerely Janis Craig

  • Eileen Rice
    Posted on: Sunday, February 9, 2020 Reply

    My deepest sympathy on the passing of your Mother, Sue. Sheila’s was a life well lived. It was nice that you retired to Barrie and near your Mom for these many years.


    Eileen Rice (Retired Secretary – Market Lane School)

  • Anita Johnston
    Posted on: Monday, February 17, 2020 Reply

    To Paul and Susan,

    I was saddened to read of your mother’s passing. My parents, Ewart and Phyllis Johnston, were friends of your parents 60 to 70 years ago; perhaps they met on the committee to establish St. Giles which our family attended until 1972.
    Your mother was a generous woman: I am slightly younger than Paul and was totally uninspired by the “Dick and Jane” readers we had at Codrington Street School with the result that I was not reading that well at the end of Grade One. Your mother loaned my mother a set of books she had gotten for Paul, either because he was similiarly uninspired or had missed a fair amount of school due to his asthma (after 65 years I am a bit fuzzy on the details). I had the loan of these books for the summer. I don’t remember the content of the books other than I really liked them.. By summer’s end, I was not only a reader, but a bookworm.
    The generosity of your mother and the diligence of my parents in following through gave me a skill which totally shaped my life. I became a physician and a psychiatrist, all because of my engagement with “the story” of a book or of a patient’s life.
    Your mother was such a lovely woman.

    My deepest sympathy,

    Anita Johnston

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