It is with the deepest regret and a very heavy heart that I must announce the death of our dear friend Sheila.

Duncan and his 2 sisters were called to the hospital, as she had taken a turn for the worst and she passed away this morning. This will come as a dreadful shock to everyone, but she was much more seriously ill than was first thought when she went into hospital shortly before Christmas.

On a personal note, I am heartbroken to have lost such a warmhearted, perceptive, knowledgeable, and wickedly funny friend.

I know you will all join me in extending our deepest sympathy to Duncan and the rest of the family and I have told him that we are all thinking of them.

42 Responses

  1. Oh my goodness, Karen, I’m in tears as I’m sure all other clickers will be when they read this very sad post. It is truly heartbreaking to lose Sheila, our lovely and treasured friend who pioneered GardenClickers and brought us much humour over the years we knew her.
    My thoughts and deepest sympathy to Duncan and the rest of Sheila’s family.
    We won’t ever forget you, Sheila. Rest in peace :rose:

  2. I am so sorry to read this very sad news, I have enjoyed many a chat with Sheila on allsorts of gardening issues,, always with a fair bit of humour as well as helpful comments on many of my questions, her input on this site will be greatly missed. Deepest sympathy to all her family.

  3. AliCat says:

    I am so sorry to hear this.
    Sheila was always poised and a great source of humour & wit.
    A great loss to the family and to everyone on G.C.
    We will remember her with great fondness and Sheila will be very much missed.
    My most sincere & deepest sympathy to all of the family at this very sad time.

  4. Tubs says:

    I have shred tears on the sad news about Sheila, A lovely lady who’s humour kept me going through dark times of my own, when I was only a guest looking in. My thoughts are with her family ,She will be missed so much.

  5. Hayley says:

    So very sorry to hear this K.
    My heart goes out to Duncan and all the family :love: as well as everyone here onsite. :rose:
    Sheila was a big presence on GC; always thinking of others and giving mindful, sound advice on gardening as well as any life issues. Her sharp wit, knowledge and perceptive kindness are evident in all her posts here and will remain forever strong, as she will to us all.
    Rest in peace dear Sheila, you will be sorely missed by us all :rose: :love: xxxxx

  6. I’m not sure what to say, except I’m going to miss you Shelia and am so glad to have met you at the GC meet up in Cardiff a few years ago. My thoughts are with Duncan & the rest of Shelia’s family, sending lots of love and hugs. RIP lovely lady :rose: :love:

  7. dixon says:

    How sad to read this, what a great loss to her family and our little community. So glad I met her a couple of years ago what an intelligent and highly imaginatively witted woman she was, she will be sorely missed by us all. r.i.p. dear Sheila. :rose:

  8. Owdboggy says:

    How very sad. She will leave a big hole in this community.

  9. mick1970 says:

    She was a character. Never met her but feel like i had known her all my life. Lived her life to the full with what i read she was a very kind hearted woman. Sending my condolences to her family. Rip shelia

  10. Walt says:

    I am truly saddened by the loss of a most generous and intelligent person. I extend my most sincere condolences to everyone. Rest In Peace, Lady :love: :rose:

  11. cilla says:

    What a sad, sad day. We ‘ve lost a dear friend and I am so pleased I was able to meet her in person at Cardiff and again at Birmingham where we had a lovely chat putting the world to rights. Mornings just haven’t been the same without her wonderful acerbic comments on life, her sense of humour, her delight in the “wee one”………and, of course, Brexit! You have left us far too soon, dear Bean, and we are all going to miss you greatly. RIP. :love: Depest sympathy to Duncan and the whole family, we will be thinking of you all. :love:

  12. Jenn says:

    I do not have the words to express my sadness at this awful news. Sheila, our lovely Beanstew, has made me laugh out loud many a time with the antics of Alfie and I so admired her commitment to helping others, be it at the foodbank or toenails. Considering I never had the pleasure to meet her, she came to feel like someone I know, a lovely friend and part of my clickers family. I shall miss her so much.

  13. Allan says:

    For once i am stuck for words, Met Sheila at Cardiff show a couple of years back,Liked her from the start, I liked her quick wit and enquiring mind, She will be missed on here,My condolences to the family that she obviously loved. :rose:

  14. Duncan says:

    Thank you everybody. You all meant a hell of a lot to my mum and I’m proud that she meant a hell of a lot to all of you.

    Karen, sorry that I’ve taken a liberty in adding a pic but it’s a good one of my mum, maybe less so of the infamous ‘wee one’.

    • This is a gorgeous photo of your Mum and the ‘wee one’, Duncan. Thank you for sharing it with us at this sad time :rose:

    • VegVamp says:

      Don’t you be one wee bit sorry Duncan, it’s a beautiful photo of both of them, and very fitting, she adored all of you.

    • Hayley says:

      What a wonderful, happy picture of your dear mum and the wee one, twinkle in the eyes of both, just how I remembered your mum when you both visited here in Kent and whenever I met her at GW Live in Birmingham. Hold those memories close. :love: :rose:

    • Duncan & family and friends of Sheila aka Beanstew. My condolences and love are with you at this time. Sheila will be missed by very many and she gave much much more than she realised. She was proud and pleased for you all and all of us. I will miss her irreverent humour and wit and knowledge, let alone her friendship, albeit a distant one. ❤️ thank you for posting such a lovely picture of her.

  15. gertie says:

    Duncan, a lovely picture :love: … thank you from me, and I suspect most others too. You have my heartfelt condolences, Anne xx :rose:

  16. cilla says:

    Thank you Duncan for sharing this lovely photo of Bean and the wee one. I shall keep it and treasure it. She meant so much to all of us and I hope this gives you and your family some comfort in the dark days :love: xxx

  17. shedsue says:

    So shocked and so sorry. Deepest sympathy to Beans family and her garden family here at GC. RIP dear Bean, :rose:

  18. Ambersparkle says:

    Beautiful Picture of a treasured Friend. Thank you Duncan, for letting us see it. My Thoughts are with you all.

  19. Yewbarrow says:

    so sad and so sorry to read this, my thoughts and prayers are with Sheila’s family at this sad time

  20. Only just heard the sad news via Star on the Facebook page. She is having problems logging on to the site but wishes to send her deepest condolences as do I.
    Sheila was such a lovely lady and will be sadly missed.

  21. Ginnybean says:

    Left a message on FB but feel I should leave a massage here too… So sad … Will always be with you in your hearts and memories…. Not logged in for ages but was only thinking of you all yesterday…. Shame it took such a sad message to get me to log in…

  22. Duncan says:

    Thanks again everyone. Popped on with a wee update. One of my sister’s and I went to see the funeral director today. He’s a guy we grew up with in a small village called Kilcreggan. It’s also the village my mum grew up in. No matter how long she’d been away she always called Kilcreggan home. My sister’s and I do the same, it’s that kind of place. It’s lovely to say that as of tomorrow she will be back home until her funeral.

    The funeral is on the 6th February at 11.30am. Holmsford Crematorium in Ayrshire. Family flowers only please. Any donations would be to Shelter Scotland. If you would like to come then you’d be made very welcome.

  23. cilla says:

    Hi Duncan. How lovely that your mum will be back home. Thank you for letting us know :love:

  24. Kilcreggan looks a lovely place, Duncan. No wonder your Mum loved it :rose:

  25. Goldfish says:

    I am so sorry to have missed this posting because I was away from my laptop while being on holidays. Very sad news and I am sorry to hear of her death. I am sure as gardens we would plant a flower in our garden for her. Rest in Peace Sheila :rose: :rose: :rose: :rose: :love:

  26. karenp says:

    so sorry to read this post, my heart goes out to Duncan and the rest of Sheilas family, truly heartbroken as well, did meet Sheila with some of the other clickers at Cardiff a few years ago, absolutely wonderful lady with such warm hearted humour too, her blogs and clicks were not only humorous but truly also knowledgeable as well, as like so many on here Sheila will be very much missed. :rose: :rose: :rose: :rose: :rose: :rose: :rose: :love:

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