Lives Remembered

Sheila Regan: Lady of many talents remembered for charm and quiet dignity

Sheila Regan's last holiday was to India in May this year

SHEILA Regan was a lady of many talents.

She was artistic by nature and her main hobby was decorating eggs in the fashion of Fabergé.

Her many friends and relatives benefited from her generosity with presents of ostrich or rhea eggs as clocks or more elaborate designs.

Sheila enjoyed life. She enjoyed her work and made lifelong friends there.

Retirement was an opportunity to spend more time on her hobbies, travel the world and nurture friendships new and old.

She embraced it all. Throughout this busy and fulfilling life she was a cheerful and affectionate aunt and sister, an essential part of family gatherings. We shall all miss her friendship, her smile and her cheerfulness. She was a lovely lady.

Sheila was born on Friday January 13 1933 to Edward and Lily Regan in Spamount Street in north Belfast and would always consider 13 her lucky number.

She was the third of four children - Eileen and Kathleen were the eldest while I was youngest - and was the only one of us to have a middle name.

Sheila attended Holy Family Girls Primary School and Dominican College and joined the civil service, working as librarian in the professional and technical library for architects, engineers and quantity surveyors of the then Ministry of Finance in the Law Courts in Belfast.

She never married and why should she when she had approximately 200 men pandering to her?

Her career was interrupted in 1954 when she got TB and was hospitalised for 18 months in Foster Green Hospital.

She spent a year convalescing with Eileen in Omagh and helped look after her new nephew Paul.

She eventually returned to work in the library of the Ministry of Finance, which later moved to the new Churchill House.

Sheila travelled widely all her life and particularly with friends in her retirement years. She went to Russia and China several times as well as Peru, where she travelled alone, and the USA.

She would always bring home a doll dressed in the national costume of each country and had amassed a collection of around 30.

Her last holiday, aged 86, was to India in May of this year, and she was planning to visit Cuba next year.

Sheila Patricia Regan in the cancer centre of the Belfast City Hospital on November 8 after a short but severe illness.

She touched the lives of many people who benefited from her charm and quiet dignity.

Her inurnment will be at 5pm today in St Patrick's Church, Donegall Street, Belfast.

Eddie Regan

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