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LAVACK, Sheila Mary Renwick


Lavack Sheila retiring (003)

Long time North Bay resident Sheila Lavack departed this earthly plane on Monday August 12, 2019 having painted richly on her Canvas of Life. Born in Glasgow, Scotland on December 6, 1925, Sheila served as a WRNS (Women’s Royal Navy Service) during WWII and came to Canada in 1948. She experienced living in many cities across Canada - from coast to coast - then settled in North Bay in 1970 with her former husband Robert Lavack and her family. Sheila was the proud and loving mother of Richard (Andrea) in Australia, Isabelle Haddow of Vancouver, and John in California. She is also survived by her grandchildren Aaron (Tze Ying) and John (Yuki) both in New Zealand, Sayla (Tyson) in Vancouver, Kalmia (Jeff) in Calgary, Sandra in Australia and her four great grandchildren Oliver, Mae Rose, Leland and Aladar. 

Sheila returned to university at the age of 50 obtaining her arts degree from Nipissing University.  She will be remembered by many for the 30 years she spent with the WKP Kennedy Gallery and Capital Centre. She retired in December of 2017, having been with the gallery since it began in 1987 and continued to volunteer until recently.   She also worked for several years at KBrothers Art Gallery located in Northgate Square. Sheila was an original Seniorbuster having joined the Phonebusters team back in 1997 as a volunteer (now the CAFC) and was always totally dedicated to her duties in the office. As a volunteer, Sheila also delivered books for the Shut-In Service of the North Bay Library… the end of her life Sheila had a love of books and art was her passion!

Respecting her wishes her body has been cremated. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date - a notice will be in the North Bay Nugget.  If you’d like to honor her memory with a donation please consider the WKP Kennedy Gallery.