Sheila Mary Grimes, 79 passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in Victoria, BC on Tuesday, February 9, 2021. She leaves behind two sons, Michael Allan and Jamie Lawrence Grimes, and two furry grandsons Sunny and Koda. She also leaves behind an exemplary collection of Calgary Flames memorabilia and despite recently converting to a Vancouver Canucks fan, she will be deeply and dearly missed.
She was the mom who cheered unreservedly in the bleachers, un-tempered by the more reserved parents or their opinions. Often screaming in her own most supportive and loving way ‘go you little sh*t!’ while her sons raced down the ice on a breakaway or running to first base on a fly ball into centre field.
If we’re painting the picture of a devoted hockey and sports mom then our work here is almost done. She deserves all the trophies and medals for selflessly sacrificing her time to create opportunities for her two sons giving any and everything she had to create a better life for them.
Those who loved her and knew her well always admired and respected her direct and un-withheld honest thoughts. She was never afraid to share her opinions and you always knew where you stood with Sheila. She was never one to fluff or mislead anyone. A trait that was as refreshing as it is rare in people and society these days leaving one to wonder how much better the world might be if everyone could be as honest and direct as Sheila was.
She had a very light and playful side to her. She loved to tease, banter and joke with the people she loved. Right up to the end, she had an incredibly sharp memory, a witty and quick sense of humour and likely some of best use of sarcasm of all time, something she acquired from her British roots.
Sheila was born in North London, England and immigrated to Canada via Kingston, Ontario and, later, Calgary, Alberta. She spent the last decade living in beautiful Victoria BC, near her son Jamie, where she enjoyed rumba classes, talking the ear of off strangers anywhere and everywhere, walking along the water, taking care of Sunny dog, driving her friends around town, doing errands for others to show her love and complaining about hockey referees and the weather. She was well travelled and has seen the world a few times over. Her earliest passion became her career as a travel agent and later the co-owner of a travel agency.
In her last days she worried over the health of her friends and those in her church group, while not knowing that her own health was in decline.
Due to current pandemic restrictions a private family 'Celebration of Life' will be held and in the spring an outdoor “Celebration of Life” will be arranged for her friends . In tribute to Sheila we’ll routinely dawn our Flames jerseys, starting with the game this Saturday February 27th. We hope you can join us - and cheer in loud excess - just as Sheila would have wanted it.