Hastings family pays tribute to great grandmother who ‘was loved by so many’
A great-grandmother who lived in Hastings for approximately 40 years has died after a battle with bowel cancer.
Sheila Williams died on February 16, 2021, at the age of 90.
Her granddaughter Sara Williams described her as a ‘great lady’ who ‘was loved by so many’ as she paid her tributes.
Sara added: “Sheila will be sadly missed by her partner Ian, children Garry, Elaine, John and Richard, her grandchildren Donna, Paul, Sara, Christine and her great-grandchildren Jerome, Jaya, Jeorge, Connor, Macy, Lily and Ethan.
“Sheila will be missed by a much wider community of friends and extended family.”
Sheila moved to Hastings from Birmingham in the late 1970s with three of her sons and lived in a property in Linley Drive where Sara said ‘they all made friends and became part of the community’
Sheila began working for the council at the swimming baths at White Rock until they closed and Hastings Sports Centre opened. She worked there as a receptionist on the front desk until her retirement in the 1990s.
Sheila’s family added: “Sheila had a large group of friends and was well liked and respected.
“She took advantage of the sporting facilities at the sports centre – playing badminton, swimming and prime time. Later on she joined the bowls club at Grosvenor Gardens. She was a very active member of the club, even getting locked in the club house one night when she was tidying up.
“Sheila remained active until her last couple of years when she was diagnosed with bowel cancer and she moved back to Birmingham to be with her life partner, Ian.
“Ian would often drive down to Hastings to collect Sheila to take her back to Birmingham so she didn’t have to catch the train or coach by herself.”
Sheila’s son Clive died last year after a battle with prostate cancer.