Sharon Margaret McLeod
March 12, 1943 – August 16, 2022
It is with a profound sense of loss that we announce the passing of Sharon Margaret McLeod. Sharon passed away very suddenly and peacefully in Lions Gate Hospital/North Shore Hospice surrounded by her daughter Meghan, son-in-law Mathew and her friends Sandy, Sue and Heather.
Sharon is survived by her daughter Meghan (Mathew), her brother Ross (Lisa), niece Melanie, grand-niece MacKenzie and many, many friends and neighbours.
Sharon was predeceased by her parents, Norman and Kathleen and her aunt, Margaret Beckingham.
Sharon was born in Middleton, Nova Scotia while her father was stationed at Greenwood RAF/RCAF base as a FO Fighter Pilot. After the war, Sharon and her family moved to the Town of Mount Royal in Quebec, growing up on Mitchell Avenue. In 1965, Sharon joined Air Canada as a flight attendant and began her world travels, visiting distant countries and cities in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. She rode camels, ate exotic foods and immersed herself in different cultures. In 1970, Sharon transferred to Vancouver and found joy in the beauty of the West Coast and lived in Kerrisdale, Richmond, Kitsilano and most recently in West Vancouver.
Sharon flew with Air Canada for 35 years and made life-long friends on-board and in all her jet-setting locations. She kindly brought family and friends on her flights to experience destinations and explore the world with her. Sharon retired in 2000 and she settled right in to the “retired life”. Her passions included live theatre, her garden, home renovations, watching tennis, catching up with friends and looking after all her family and friend’s fur-babies. Once retired, Sharon started her annual Maui trips, for weeks (or sometimes months) at a time. She loved Maui and the beautiful sunsets, whale-watching, fresh papayas and the daily songbirds chirping to her on the lanai. Always generous, family and friends would be invited to stay during her time there to enjoy the serenity of Maui with her. Very recently, she achieved her goal of moving to an ocean-side apartment and was settling right in with sweeping unobstructed views of Vancouver and Stanley Park – images she shared regularly. It gives her family and friends some comfort that she was full of happiness and where she always wanted to be.
Sharon will be remembered as a force that loved her daughter and family more than anything. She loved hard. She was full of life and a fiercely loyal friend to many, a confidant, loved to give advice, supportive, fun, laughed daily and always said “you have one life, only do what makes you happy, settle for nothing less”. Sharon is a beautiful soul, inside and out, and her presence is missed every second of every day by all those close to her.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later time in October. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Wild Bird Trust of British Columbia https://wildbirdtrust.org/support-us/ or your local SPCA.
A special thank you to the kindness and compassion of the doctors and nurses at Lions Gate Hospital Emergency Room and North Shore Hospice.