September 5, 1940 – October 19, 2021
Sharon was the eldest child of Zar Shaw and Viola (Dahl) Shaw. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, John McLeod, daughter, Kyla McLeod, son-in-law, Gerrit Vink, granddaughter, Shawn Vink and grandson, Gerrit Vink, as well as her nieces, Diana (Wilson) Veitch and Christina (Wilson) de Wilde, and members of her extended family. Her eldest child, Shawn McLeod, died in an accident in 1985. She is also predeceased by her siblings, Terry Shaw, and Maureen (Shaw) Wilson.
Sharon was a leader in education, having a career that spanned 40 years and 6 school districts. She taught at every level (elementary, middle, and high schools), coached various athletic teams, advised student clubs, and developed numerous co-curricular learning opportunities. She also spent a period of her career working for Simon Fraser University providing supervision to student-teachers across the province. At her retirement, she was described as someone at the forefront in teaching and learning strategies, recognized for her gift in guiding students to be critical thinkers, celebrated for delivering superior education, and acknowledged for setting a standard few can match.
Sharon was known for her creativity, strength, kindness, and passion for debate. She loved to read, to ski, to play bridge, and devour crossword puzzles. She also enjoyed entertaining, and along with great food, she always had an activity or “theme” for her parties. She had a gift for organization; her house was immaculate, she never ran late, and she was always prepared for any given situation or circumstance. She was also known for enjoying a martini (or two…) with the company of friends.
She will be fondly remembered and dearly missed.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation or the BC Cancer AgencyObituary
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