Sheila Marie Nystoruk 1960 — 2021

Sheila Marie Nystoruk

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Sheila Marie Nystoruk.  On Saturday, August 14, 2021 at the age of 61 years, Sheila passed with her family by her side at Vancouver General Hospital.

Sheila was born in Kamloops on April 7, 1960 to Jack and Vickie McGregor.  In the years that followed, Sheila and her family lived in several communities before settling in Armstrong, BC, where she graduated high school with her close friends.  Sheila continued her education at Okanagan College and UVIC where she accomplished her dream of becoming a teacher.   Sheila’s first teaching job was in the remote community of Nazko, BC.

While attending a wedding in Kamloops, Sheila met the love of her life, Brian. They were married in 1985 and after living a short time at Paul Lake they moved to Revelstoke where they welcomed their first son, Tyler. A short time later, they moved to Golden where Brian continued working for CPR and Sheila resumed her teaching career.   Within a short time of living in Golden, Sheila and Brian welcomed son Travis followed three years later by their youngest son, Michael.   In 2007, Brian and Sheila finally decided to return to their home town of Kamloops, BC.

Family was the centre of Sheila’s world and nothing gave her more joy than to spend time with her husband, children, siblings, cousins, and most especially her beautiful grandchildren who lit up her life in recent years.

Sheila was an exceptional teacher who truly understood that the key to being a fantastic teacher was in the connections she formed with each and every student.  While she taught at all levels in elementary, she really found her passion as a kindergarten teacher.  Sheila was a valued member of school staffs as she had a cooperative and caring nature that spread throughout her school.  She will be fondly remembered by students, parents, and colleagues for years to come.

Sheila created a special bond with most everyone she met. She was well known for many things, but her kindness and hugs were amongst the top.  Sheila was always eager to share her talents and love for arts and crafts as she chose the perfect project for friends, relatives and grandchildren alike.  She shared her love of reading as she bought up children’s books for youngsters and novels for herself.  One of her favourite pastimes was to float in her pool with a novel in hand.   Anyone who ever had the pleasure of going on a road trip with Sheila also soon understood her passion for music as well, and her music trivia knowledge was second to none. Sheila created a home filled with numerous paintings, quilts, projects and so much love.

Sheila is lovingly remembered and deeply missed by her husband Brian of 36 years, their 3 children; Tyler (Katryna), Travis (Asia), Michael; grandchildren Lilliah, Jace, Kaleigh, and soon arriving and already much loved Landen; her brother Pat McGregor (Nancy) of Armstrong, sister Brenda Fowler (Gene) of Armstrong, and brother Gary McGregor (Yvonne) of Armstrong.  She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.

Sheila is predeceased by her parents Victoria McGregor (2015) and Jack McGregor (2018) and an infant sister Patricia (1959).

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Brian and the family would like to extend sincere, heartfelt thanks to all who have shown their support. Please honour Sheila’s memory by spreading kindness and remembering that in a world where you can be anything, be kind.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to support Literacy in Kamloops (LinK) including the Bright Red Book Bus, Mother Goose & one-to-one tutoring.  To donate, select the Raise a Reader (RAR) – Kamloops Fund at the Decoda Literacy Foundation


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17 Tributes

  1. Janet Sloan
    Posted August 19, 2021 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    Deepest heart felt Condolences to all of you!
    Love Bruce and Janet Sloan

  2. Karla Aaltonen
    Posted August 19, 2021 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    I’m so sorry for your loss…Sheila was truly an angel on earth, with the biggest heart! Although I only knew her for a short time, we had so much in common, it felt like I had known her my whole life. She was there for me on some of my darkest days and she always knew that a hug was all I needed to get me through. She will be missed dearly by so many! May you find comfort in knowing all the hearts (big and small) that she left a mark on. She is gone but will never be forgotten!

  3. Julie Burns
    Posted August 19, 2021 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Extending my condolences to your family. I had the privilege to know Sheila and admired her skills as a wonderful kindergarten teacher.

  4. Dallas Matheson
    Posted August 19, 2021 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    I am so sorry to hear of Sheila’s passing , she touched
    so many children well teaching in Golden. My thoughts are with Brian and her family. May she Rest In Peace

  5. TammyYarish
    Posted August 19, 2021 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    Our deepest condolences to Brian and family. We are truly heart broken to hear of Sheila’s passing holding you all in our thoughts and prayers
    Tammy,David,Nick,Ryan & Allie Yarish

  6. Jacquie Arnold
    Posted August 19, 2021 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Sheila Was truly an angel and an amazing teacher to our daughter, Grace. Grace remembers her warm, cozy hugs and gentle nature. We will remeber her always and are very sorry for your loss.

  7. Jennifer
    Posted August 19, 2021 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    Condolences to everyone in her family she was a wonderful woman and an exceptional teacher. She will be missed by many

  8. Caren Nagao
    Posted August 20, 2021 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    Dear Brian and family.
    I am so sorry for your loss of Sheila. Having taught with her in Golden, I know what a special person she was and what a gift to the world.
    I wish I was able to visit with her over these last years.
    Cherish your memories.
    With warm thoughts,
    Caren Nagao

  9. Caren Nagao
    Posted August 20, 2021 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    Dear Brian and family.
    I am so sorry for your loss of Sheila. Having taught with her in
    Golden, I know what a special
    person she was and what a gift
    to the world.
    I wish I was able to visit with
    her over these last years.
    Cherish your memories.
    With warm thoughts,
    Caren Nagao

  10. Julie Ames
    Posted August 20, 2021 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    We just found each other after a DNA match online. I wish we would have met in person but even just over messaging and social media I could tell she had a heart of gold. She will be missed by so many.

  11. Annette Bordeleau
    Posted August 20, 2021 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Condolences to all the family.
    At this difficult time you’re thought about with sympathy, prayers & friendship.
    I’ll remember Sheila for her gentle spirit, her creativity, her paintings which I have 3 !& love of family.
    Memory is a gift from God & I’ll always remember her.

    Cousin Annette ( Sushelnitski) & Bryan Bordeleau

  12. Paula Wild
    Posted August 20, 2021 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    I only worked with Sheila one year but she made a very big impression on me. She was a wonderful teacher. Sheila was everything that a Kindergarten teacher should be. Kind, gentle, loving, fun, and yet firm with them as well. My deepest condolences to the family and her dear friends. You will be missed Sheila far and wide. Rest Easy.

  13. Carol Edmunds
    Posted August 22, 2021 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    Deepest condolences to Brian and Family. So very saddened to hear of Sheila’s passing. Our son Adam was one of only 6 students in Sheila’s Kindie class in 2000. We knew our boy was in gentle and loving hands with Sheila
    Carol and Dave Edmunds

  14. Kimberly
    Posted August 22, 2021 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    I read this with a heavy heart. Sheila taught my two oldest boys and I was a volunteer in her class. I have always treasured the time I got to spend with her as she was always a bright light. She was amazing with my boys. Having her teach them kindergarten was the best way they could have been introduced to school. I also have 3 boys and we would often joke about all that comes with that then smile and say we wouldn’t want it any other way. My love to the whole family.

  15. Ruth Sanesh
    Posted August 22, 2021 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    Oh Brian, I’m so so sorry for your loss, Stay strong you Both are such loving people. She will always be in your Heart. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. MAY SHEILA REST IN PEACE❤❤

  16. Janice Stefanovic
    Posted August 22, 2021 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Sheila was a wonderful,kind, thoughtful,lovely lady. She was a great teacher and loved children!! My deepest condolences and prayers for the family ❤

  17. Larry Sushelnitski
    Posted August 22, 2021 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Our sincerest condolences to Brian and all family and friends. Sheila was one of a kind and one that will be remembered for all her love and kindness no matter who you were.
    I am forever grateful as Sheila and I reconnected a few years back reminiscing about family and memories.
    Larry, Debbie Sushelnitski and family.

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