Rotherham District Civic Society
Protecting and preserving all that is best in the heritage of Rotherham
Sheila Cameron
February the 24th, 2010

Heritage campaigner Sheila Cameron, a former Rotherham district councillor, died after a short illness in Rotherham General Hospital, at the age of 80.

Sheila was born in Rotherham and baptised at All Saints' Church, now Rotherham Minster, and remained true to her Yorkshire roots through her life.

Her commitment to the community was expressed through her politics. She was a lifelong member of the Labour Party.

Sheila was a delegate from the transport workers' union to Rotherham Labour Party management committee and Rotherham Trades Council.

During the 1960s, she was a councillor for Clifton Ward and when Brian O'Malley was elected MP for Rotherham she became his agent.

In 1975, she left to train as a probation officer and after qualifying, worked in Derbyshire and Sheffield. Her probation service career ended when she was seconded to the Home Office and ran an experimental research project for the care of ex-offenders.

Sheila retired in 1987 but shortly after went to work for then Rotherham MP Stan Crowther as his agent until he retired from Parliament in 1992.

After retiring for a second time, she went on to do regular voluntary work for Aids Line and Barnardo's.

She later answered the call to work for Denis MacShane MP during his first few months in the Commons after his election in 1994

.After retiring for the last time, Sheila became an enthusiastic bridge player, while also serving as secretary of Rotherham Civic Society.

She was a governor of Clifton Comprehensive School, which she had gone to when it was the old High School.

Although she enjoyed travelling abroad, she always returned to the Yorkshire Dales as much as she could.

Sheila enjoyed cultural events such as Swaledale Festival alongside walking, photography and bird watching.

The funeral service was held at Herringthorpe United Reform Church. Dave Brennanís Jazz Band provided an appropriate accompaniment to a celebration of a rich and full life. You may still hear her rattling the railings in some faraway park.