Doane Beal & Ames

160 West Main Street, Hyannis, MA


Sheila Ann Gobeil

August 17, 1944January 20, 2020
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Sheila Ann (Aylmer) Gobeil, a Cape Cod native who spent her life giving to family, friends, and strangers, passed away surrounded by loved ones Monday, January 20 at Cape Cod Hospital. She was 75.

Raised in Hyannis, she and her sisters Maureen (Aylmer) Rossi of Murphys, California and Irene Aylmer of Hyannis were inseparable best friends, and maintained a relationship based on support, affection, and love as they did with their brother James Aylmer. They were predeceased by James and their parents Grace and Francis Aylmer. A chance encounter at a restaurant in Hyannis between Sheila and a young Cape Cod Community College student led to a lifetime of love and partnership. She and Leonard Gobeil married in 1965, moved to Boston, and then to Germany while Len served in the military, and eventually settled in her hometown where they raised their family.

Always, for Sheila, there was Barnstable.

Born in Hyannis, she raised her family in Marston’s Mills, attended church in Osterville, worked in Barnstable village, hosted Kettleers from Cotuit, bought her ice cream in Centerville and enjoyed her drives on Route 6A in West Barnstable. Ultimately, her favorite place was Kalmus Beach.

She was an athlete - a varsity letter winner in field hockey, basketball, and softball at Barnstable High School – and she shared this passion for sports with her children. She could be found teaching the finer points of teamwork to Andy, Erin, Jeremy, and Bart. The most important lesson she taught her children, likely without even realizing it, was a sense of selflessness. She gave endlessly, and it is that legacy of selflessness and compassion, more than any other, that will survive her.

She also manifested a strong sense of empathy. For two decades she worked in the Probation Department at the Barnstable County Courthouse and treated everyone there with respect and dignity.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Len, who provided strength, humor, and unconditional love to care for her in her final years. Sheila leaves her children Andrew and his partner Kathy of Atlanta, Erin Gilbert of Duxbury, Jeremy and his wife Kate of Bourne, and Bart and his wife Elizabeth of Savannah, Georgia.

A grandmother of eight, Nana will be remembered by Devin and Jack Gobeil of South Carolina, Kaden McSheffrey and Kiley and Meryl Gilbert of Duxbury, and Grace, Grady, and Cooper Gobeil of Bourne. She also leaves behind nieces, nephews, and cousins who added to her life.

Sheila was a most loving friend to many.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Hyannis Public Library at 401 Main Street, Hyannis, Massachusetts 02601.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 24 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Doane Beal and Ames Funeral Home, 160 W. Main St., Hyannis. A mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, January 25th at 11 a.m. in St. Francis Xavier Church, 347 South St., Hyannis. All who wish to attend may meet directly at the church. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.doanebealameshyannis.com


  • Hyannis Public Library


  • Visitation Friday, January 24, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, January 25, 2020


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Kathy Pina

January 31, 2020

the special bond you all had being a special family you all were it was easy RIP ❤️ lovely lady

Adrienne Whiteley

January 28, 2020

Dear Len and family
So very sorry for your loss. I dont believe I ever had the pleasure of meeting Sheila, and that's unfortunate because she sounds like a great person. Your family will be in my prayers and I hope you can find peace and comfort as you go through this difficult loss.

Adrienne Gallo Whiteley
BHS 75

Joanne Carrara

January 27, 2020

We are so very sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts.
Love, Joe, Joanne, Michael, and Joseph Carrara

Judie Garcia

January 26, 2020

I was heartbroken to learn of Sheila’s passing, unfortunately days after the service. Sheila was without doubt the kindest, most generous person I have ever known. She was a ray of light and good humor and never had an unkind word for anyone. It was a privilege to work alongside her for many years and I hold dear the memories of our times & laughs together. My sincere condolences to each & every member of the Gobeil &
Aylmer families.

Elizabeth Kittredge

January 26, 2020

My deepest sympathy on the loss of your wife, mother and sister.
Working with Sheila at Barnstable District Court was a true pleasure. She was fair, kind and very funny! I also have two sisters with whom I am very close and we often shared stories both funny and poignant.
Sheila was a huge help to me when I lost my husband, I will never forget her compassion.
Your loss is immense and my heart breaks for you all but always remember how important you all were to her and what an extraordinary person she was.
Forgive me for not being there to offer my condolences in person, I’m in Arizona and couldn’t make it back for the services.
Betty Kittredge

Kathleen Schatzberg

January 24, 2020

Sending my deepest condolences to you and all your family on the loss of your beloved Sheila. I was not lucky enough to know her, but in knowing you, I have some glimpse of what a beautiful person she was, and what a treasure your marriage was. I remember running into you at the hospital some time ago, when you were standing watch while she received care, I don't remember for what exactly, but the depth of your love and concern for her were obvious. I only hope that now, your treasured beautiful memories will sustain you and bring you comfort in your time of mourning. My prayers and blessings go out to you and your family.
Yours in shared sorrow,
Kathy Schatzberg

Kim Frederickson

January 24, 2020

Sheila was one of the great lights of our lives. I will miss her wonderful laugh and her kind heart. To her family, I send you love and wish you peace. She was a treasure. I will think of her always with great thanks for having had the privilege to be her friend.
Kim Frederickson

Ed Machado

January 24, 2020

My sincere condolences to Len & Family. Wishing you healing strength and sweet memories.
Ed Machado, Venice FL.

Deirdre McGillen Reilly

January 24, 2020

My deepest sympathies to the Gobeil/ Aylmer Family. I hope you are finding comfort in all the happy memories.
With heartfelt condolences,
Deirdre McGillen Reilly

Donna Martone

January 23, 2020

To Andy, Erin, & the whole Gobeil family,
Heart-felt thoughts & prayers go out to you all. I just learned of your Mum's passing & I can't tell you just how sorry I am. While I did not know her, in reading her obituary, I found myself wishing that I had had that good fortune. It sounds to me as if she embodied all that is good in this world ~ Love, light, loyalty, faith, friendship, family, kindness, compassion, devotion and selflessness & no question, she will be richly rewarded by God in Heaven for all of these attributes. They say that, "There are some people who bring such a light to this world that, even when they are gone, that light shines on". No doubt, she was exactly one of those people & that light, "her" light, will live on & on in each of you & in ALL of the people who were lucky enough to have their lives intersect with hers in this life. Where there is great loss there was & ever will be, an even greater love. Shepherded home by God, she is at rest, in peace & reaping all of the rewards of a life well-lived & well-loved. Celebrate that. Celebrate HER. **( & know that you will ALL be reunited one day & all will be as it always was & as you always wanted it to stay. Having lost my Dad just shy of 3 days ago, I feel your pain and extend to you all my deepest thoughts & prayers. Take care of yourselves, (& EACH OTHER), & know for sure that Mum is never farther than a breath away.
Much Love,
** lest you forget, "Death to the caterpillar is life to the butterfly." GOD BLESS YOU ALL.