We have the painful news to share that Groundwood Books Publisher Sheila Barry died last night. Sheila died at Mt Sinai Hospital in Toronto, of complications following her treatment for cancer.
Sheila had her family and her friends close by her through her illness, and close by her at the end. She died surrounded by those dearest to her.
As she did her whole life, Sheila brought happiness and laughter and thoughtfulness and love to all of us here. She was such a valued colleague. And Sheila was a great publisher – influential in ways large and small. The legacy of books she leaves will run far into the future.
We hold Sheila in our minds as the most wonderful example of a truly good person, one who had such a positive effect on so many people. We will miss her terribly.
A memorial service is being planned, and we will share information when we receive it.