Celebration of Life: Sheila Buzash

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Sheila Buzash.

She was born in Regina, SK on July 12, 1962. Sheila passed away in Victoria, BC on June 20, 2022, with her husband Kevin and her brother Brad by her side.

She was predeceased by her grandparents Joseph and Theresa Ollinger, George and Mary Zimmer; aunt Velma and John Smith; uncle Michael Ollinger; aunt Eda Buzash; uncles Adolph Flaman, Jim Zimmer, father and mother-in-law Gillies and Ruth McDonald.

Sheila will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 36 years, Kevin McDonald; parents Ernie and Irene Buzash; brother Brad (Lisa) Buzash; nephew Colton; niece Ashley; nephew Brett Melby; great-nephew Demytrius; great-niece Audrey; sister-in-law Elaine McDonald; aunt Karen Ollinger; aunt Betty Flaman; uncle Andy Buzash uncles Bob (Betty) Zimmer and Reg Zimmer; friend Brenda Wallace; along with many cousins and friends.

After graduating from O’Neill High School, Sheila worked at SaskTel for several years. She had the travel bug which led her to a backpacking trip to Hawaii, Fiji, Australia then New Zealand where she spent the better part of the 5 weeks. When she returned home, she quit her job to take a travel consultant course, obtained her certificate then worked for CAA Travel in Regina and in 1986 she started dating the love of her life, Kevin.

In the spring of 1992 she moved to Prince George, BC to be with Kevin. Not long after, he was transferred, and they moved to Victoria, BC where she continued her career at Marlin Travel and for the last 15 years, she worked for Reservations Africa. They traveled to many destinations including Africa on 3 different occasions visiting six different countries and planned to return. A Hagenia Abyssinica tree was planted in Sheila’s name on the Bisate Property in Rwanda complete with a certificate and GPS coordinates. Echoing her boss’s words, “Although tiny, she was mighty!” This tree might be “tiny” right now but will grow to be “mighty”, remembrance to a clearly beautiful soul and shining light.

Sheila was passionate about life, she curled and paddled outrigger canoe in the winter, and for close to 20 years, she was an integral part of her Dragon Boat team as Captain and manager of the Paddlers of the Fifth Moon. She developed the social fabric that underlies the team’s longevity and success. She also belonged to a run group, participated in the Hood to Coast Relay and ran in San Francisco at Bay to Breakers, forming strong friendships. She worked on charities, volunteered, and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Sheila you will always be in our hearts, we will remember your warm smile, kindness, and loving personality.

A Funeral Service was previously held for family in Regina on August 27, 2022. Those who wish to watch a streaming of the service please log on to https://fweb.tv/84322

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Victoria Curling Club on Saturday, November 12, 2022, at 3:00p.m.

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