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Sheila Collier 1938 – 2017

Posted By Drake Smith On April 12, 2017 @ 9:40 am In Obituaries | 10 Comments

Sheila Collier  (Pherrill) 1938-2017

Born August 2, 1938, in a log cabin, Sheila grew up on a farm near Athabasca, Alberta. As a young woman, she was ahead of her time, recognizing the value of a career and the independence that it gave her. Always excelling, her first employer—a customs brokerage in Edmonton—was sad to lose her to the nursing program at the University of Alberta in 1957. She qualified as a Registered Nurse. Later, she married, raising three children with Geof Collier in Kitimat and Kamloops.  While being a mother, Sheila continued to expand her interests into the community as a real estate agent, as a member of many boards and associations, and as a political campaigner. She returned to nursing in the 1980s, meeting many new lifelong friends. In 1985, she married Peter Baron, and shared 32 wonderful years with him.

She loved cats, skiing, summers at the Shuswap, and a night out at the theatre wherever she was—at home or around the world. She lived a rich and full life, meeting its every challenge with strength, grace, and generosity.

Sheila died on April 5th in Kamloops, BC at the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice of Pancreatic Cancer. Sheila will be remembered by her immediate and extended family, her friends, and her community as a deeply compassionate and loving presence.


PETER BARON, Husband of 32 years

STUART COLLIER, Son, Vancouver

Dr. TODD COLLIER, Son, (Leslie Collier) Kamloops

KIM COLLIER, Daughter, Toronto

Dr. STEPHEN BARON, (Dr. Fiona Kay), Kingston

JOANNE BARON, (Frank Law), Kamloops










JAYNA LAW, Kamloops



Dr. GEOF COLLIER, Father of Kim, Stuart, and Todd

FERGUS CONWAY, Son of Stuart Collier

PHOEBE CONWAY, Daughter of Stuart Collier

AZRA YOUNG, Daughter of Kim Collier


Sheila was grateful to her friends and family who travelled with her on her final journey. Join us to honour Sheila Collier’s life at the Sagebrush Theatre, with music and good company, Sunday April 30th, 2-4 PM. If inclined, contributions to Kamloops Hospice, Western Canada Theatre, or SPCA would be appreciated.

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Condolence from Jerry & Debbie Quigley on April 12th, 2017 4:23 pm

So sorry to receive this news, Peter.
Sincere condolences to you and your families.

Condolence from Dianne Scott on April 13th, 2017 8:12 am

Deepest sympathy to Sheila’s family at the loss of a dear wife and mother.
Fond memories from a former nursing school fellow student.

Condolence from Katy and Colin James on April 13th, 2017 9:35 am

Dear Peter and family:
We send you our deepest sympathy at the loss of Sheila. I, Katy, will miss her lively spirit and thoughtful contributions to our PROBUS book club and we will miss her cheerful presence at our Kamloops PROBUS Club meetings.
Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.
Katy and Colin James

Condolence from Cathy Dobbie on April 13th, 2017 11:05 am

Sending Sincerest Condolences to the all members of Sheila’s family at this sad time. I’m a nursing classmate of Sheila’s and have many long time memories of training day with Sheila. I always enjoyed seeing her at our reunions and had a lovely visit with her at out 55th reunion in Calgary in Sept 2015. I pray that your warm memories of Sheila will help to sustain you through this difficult time and well into the future. The members of the UofA Hosp Sept ’60 Class will never forget Sheila. Blessing to each of you.

Cathy Dobbie

Condolence from Judy (Alverson} Paquet on April 13th, 2017 5:17 pm

I am so sorry to hear of Sheila’s passing. My condolences to the whole family. Sheila was one of us from the nursing class of Sept. ’60 and will be missed. We share many wonderful memories of a beautiful person and a special nurse.

Condolence from Geoff and Kathleen Gonnet on April 21st, 2017 6:05 pm

To Peter, Stuart, Todd, Kim and families,
Our deepest condolences to you. We will miss Auntie Sheila. We had such a good visit with her on her last trip to the farm. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. With our love and hugs.

Condolence from Shirley Smith on April 28th, 2017 9:19 pm

To Peter & family
My deepest condolence to you & your family at the loss of Sheila.
I will miss her beautiful smile & loving, gentle nature.
Sheila will be missed from our Walking Group & our Probus Club meetings.
Much love & many hugs.
Shirley Smith

Condolence from Brian and Monica Green on April 29th, 2017 4:28 pm

Sorry to receive this sad news. Our deepest sympathy to you, Peter, and your families.

Condolence from Bonnie Gladu on May 14th, 2017 10:22 am

I am so sad to just learn of Sheila’s passing and extend my deepest condolences to all her family. It would have been so nice to be able to hear and share memories of Sheila at the celebration of life. Peter, working for you and Sheila at Highland Realty was such an enjoyable experience and was where I really got to know and admire Sheila. Todd was in India I believe and Kim was exploring Africa..I remember her sharing those much awaited letters of her adventures. oh how social media and the internet would have been welcome back then! I thought, what a supportive and encouraging Mother she must be to have children out in the world following their dreams. She also encouraged me to follow mine including taking me to investigate a business opportunity in downtown Vancouver ! I will never forget that. So yes, strong, graceful and generous and her lovely welcoming smile is how I fondly remember Sheila. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Condolence from David Simpson on August 22nd, 2017 11:50 am

So sorry to hear of your loss Peter. She was great. I think of her with many fond memories. Hang in there Peter. We’re with you. djs Massachusetts.

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