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Mourning the passing of former director of libraries Sheila Margaret Laidlaw

Author: Communications Office

Posted on Oct 4, 2019

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Please join me in offering condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of former director of libraries Sheila Margaret Laidlaw, who passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019 in Fredericton, NB. She was 87.

Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, Sheila graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1953. In 1957, she came to Canada, where she began working as a librarian for the University of Toronto. Sheila also served as a library consultant for Bermuda College for several years. In 1981, she became the director of libraries at UNB Fredericton, retiring in 1991 after 10 years of service. Following retirement, Sheila worked as a library consultant for the University of South Pacific in 1992.  After working for many years as a librarian, Sheila became a self-employed wood turner and then eventually served as the project coordinator for the Fredericton Task Force on Seniors.

In her spare time, Sheila liked to keep herself busy. She was a member of the Christ Church (Parish) Church for several years and held many positions with various organizations, such as the Canadian Federation of University Women, Girl Guides of Canada and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, among others. She was also a member of the UNB/STU Faculty Women’s Club, one of the original members of the City of Fredericton Age Friendly Organization and was named senior of the year at the Stepping Stone Seniors Centre in 2012.

A memorial service took place on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 at Christ Church Cathedral in Fredericton. Condolences can be made online. Flags have been lowered on both the Fredericton and Saint John campuses. Sheila will be missed and our thoughts are with her family. 


Dr. Paul J. Mazerolle

President and Vice-Chancellor

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