Rev. Sheilagh Marie Ashworth
October 24, 1969 – June 28, 2020
Ashworth, Sheilagh Marie (nee Monette) October 24th 1969 – June 28 2020
The Rev. Sheilagh Ashworth – Our Pastor, Priest and Friend
Sadly, I share with you that at 5:55 am on the morning of June 28th, Sheilagh passed with the sun coming in the windows at Matthews House Hospice, Alliston, gracing her face on a Sunday morning. It was truly the light of God calling her home.
Please pray for Sheilagh’s daughters, Madeleine and Sarah, her siblings Bernie (Angela), Chris, Pat, Brian (Sue), Peter (Vivian), and Genny (Mike), her mother Mary Helen Monette and for all her family. Condolences can be left on Sheilagh’s blog: www.howssheilagh.com.
Rev. Sheilagh was genuine, authentic, and had a natural ability of making everyone she met feel at ease. She gently and compassionately accepted everyone, whether a member of her church or the community at large, and let them know that they were beloved of God. Rev. Sheilagh exuded positivity and had a great sense of humour. She was known for her high fives and cherished children and youth, through her children’s talks during service, summer day camp and many youth retreats. She had a natural ability to teach, participate and lead – in a fun and engaging manner. Rev. Sheilagh fostered a spiritual community and took the initiative to lead by example and encouraged others to join. She loved preaching and applied her passion all the time. This was most evident with the annual Schomberg Country Run, an event that Rev. Sheilagh created as an opportunity to raise funds for clean water initiatives in Pikangikum, as well as her teaching efforts on an Indigenous unit at local grade schools. Her homilies removed barriers and were delivered in an authentic manner that resonated completely with members of her parish and the community at large. She made the world feel a bit brighter and more hopeful, and her smile and sense of wonderment will be sorely missed. We were blessed to have known her and to have loved her.
Sheilagh was ordained Deacon in 1998 and Priest in 1999 in the Anglican Church of Canada. She served as an Assistant Curate at St. Philip on-the-Hill, Unionville, then as an Associate Priest at St. Mary, Richmond Hill, and at Trinity Church, Aurora, and since 2008 has been the Incumbent of the Anglican Parish of Lloydtown: St. Mary Magdalene, Schomberg and Christ Church, Kettleby, and the Anglican Community of the former St. Alban’s, Nobleton. Although an informal title she was the Vicar of Schomberg leading her community in all spiritual events through much of her time there.
The family will be holding a private service later this week. Once the pandemic restrictions are lifted, there will be a public Memorial Service to which everyone will be invited.
Sheilagh requested that donations be made to either St. Mary Magdalene, Schomberg or Christ Church, Kettleby. This can be done by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also donate to the Toronto Urban Native Ministries at https://sites.google.com/view/tunm/home, Matthews House Hospice in Alliston at https://www.matthewshousehospice.ca/, or a charity of your choice.
In lieu of flowers, the family invites you to send a small arrangement to someone you love.
The family has requested that you do not drop off food, but instead donate food items to the King Township Food Bank or your local food bank. She loved it when someone honked their horn as they drove past the house! May Sheilagh rest in peace and rise in glory!
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Rev. Sheilagh Marie Ashworth
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July 8, 2020
I met Sheilagh at Trinity Aurora and she was instrumental in helping me through a significant health challenge at the time. My daughters babysat Madeline and Sarah, and Sheilagh's strength and passion for what is right and just has taught me much and stayed with me ever since. I'll miss Sheilagh's quiet wisdom and caring immensely. Rest in peace dear Sheilagh.
July 7, 2020
Our sincerest condolences go out to Sheilagh's family. May the sharing of your memories and stories with each other bring her close to your heart at this most difficult time.
July 5, 2020
I have far to many memories to share, far to many moments of friendship and love, this lady was the full meaning of grace and love. Rest eternal grant unto her oh lord and let light perpetually shine upon her. Peace be with you my friend.
July 3, 2020
I came to know Sheilagh in 2007 when she was at Trinity, Aurora. Myself and another woman we looking to start a program for adults with Intellectual Disabilities which allowed them to be contributing members to their community. We discussed our ideas with Rev'd Sheilagh and she was so encouraging! She helped us get things started and gave us confidence in our ideas. This was the start of The ABLE Network, which is going strong today. I have always been in awe of Sheilagh's kind and nurturing nature, people are better from knowing her. My condolences go to her daughters. May she rest in peace.
July 2, 2020
Thank you Sheilagh for the wonderful work you have done. We only knew each other for a brief time, when you were at St Phillip's On the Hill, but you made a big impression on my family and I. Thanks for all the love you shared and may you rest in peace.
July 1, 2020
In 1991 I was an Anglican priest in Peterborough where Sheilagh was a Trent student. I had a youth group which played touch football all summer at the Kenner Collegiate field and Sheilagh, as usual, was playing with us. After the game I saw Sheilagh lying on the grass on her back, with the football as a pillow, and one of the kids lying next to her (with another football as his pillow too). They were pointing to the sky and laughing while finding shapes in the clouds. I always remembered that light, fun, relaxed approach with the kids in my parish. Sheilagh and this teenage boy finding tigers, volkswagens, and whales in the billowing clouds of a summer sunset. When I heard of her passing, that was the first image that came to me.