Sheila Margaret Goult (nee Johnson) was born in Woking, England in August 1933. She died at home in Victoria, BC on February 7, 2019 in her 86th year. She is survived by her children, Sarah (Gordon, her favourite son-in-law); David (Beth), Jeremy (Shelley) and Jason (Stephanie); her grandchildren, Alexandra and Emma Goult, Arabella and Elizabeth Emslie, and Andrew Goult; her nephew, Adam Lewis; and her honorary ‘fourth son’, Lance Vickery. She was predeceased by her husband, John, in 1986.

Sheila spent her early years in Kent, England before emigrating to Victoria with her parents just prior to the outbreak of the Second World War. She graduated from Norfolk House School, followed by a year at Strathcona Lodge School and then attended the University of Washington, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in business administration before her twentieth birthday, at the same time playing for the Huskies basketball team. She and John were married in 1962, after locking eyes at a Government House garden party; they spent happy years together enjoying their friends, great food and wine and fabulous trips. Sheila was a loving and energetic mother, giving her children many wonderful memories to cherish. She was a woman of strongly held views who liked nothing more than to engage in a lively debate, whether or not her opponent was willing, deftly switching subjects when she felt she might be losing. An avid gardener and talented seamstress, she became a prolific painter following John’s death. Above all, she was blessed with many wonderful and loyal friends.

The family would like to thank Dr. Fiona Manning, the caring staff of Comfort Keepers and the team at Victoria Hospice.

A Funeral Service will be held at Holy Trinity Church, Patricia Bay, on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 1:30 pm.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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  • Rebecca Bradley
    February 14, 2019

    Dear Sarah And Family
    It was a pleasure caring for your mom during the time I was with her .And I will always have fond memories of chatting with her about her storied life and her love of her kids,grandchildren,gardening and her many cats over the years.I admired her zest for life and sharp wit 🙂
    I was unfortunately unable to make the service due to my kids being home recovering from the flu.
    But I am so happy I was able to go visit her a few months ago so she could meet my new baby son .
    She loved getting to meet him and perked right up when I sat him up on the bed with her 🙂
    My Sincere Condolences to You and the Family.
    Rebecca Bradley and Family

  • Helen Lindholm
    February 13, 2019

    Dear Sarah,
    I am so sorry to learn of your Mother’s death. I have not seen much of her over the past few years, but I have many happy recollections of her garden lunch parties, and the intime supper parties at her charming home on Deal St. And always a tour of her beautiful garden.
    I hope to be at Holy Trinity, but with this uncertain weather I cannot promise to be there.
    She was always a delightful hostess,a great chef and lively conversationalist.
    My warmest sympathy.

  • Ross Marsh
    February 12, 2019

    Dear Sarah and Family,

    I am sorry to hear the news of the passing of your “granny.” Although I never met her, she raised a wonderful family, and her presence is felt at GNS and elsewhere I am sure. May she rest peacefully.

  • Jo Hadfield
    February 10, 2019

    for Jeremy….. I never met your Mum, but I just want you to know I am thinking about you and Lance, your honourary brother, and all of your family. As I knew you both when we were all a tich younger I can’t help feeling sad on your behalf. We all only get one mother and one father and each of their losses is unique and powerful. I won’t be at the funeral on Thursday but I will be thinking kind thoughts. Best Wishes, Jo Hadfield.

  • Monsé and David Eldon
    February 10, 2019

    It was perhaps a brief personal encounter – around 30 years ago in Malaysia, but one remembered with fondness, and resulted in an abiding memory through one of Sheila’s amazing paintings that still grace our walls. And, of course a continuous update over the following years through Sarah. A life well lived, with many great memories left behind. RIP.

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