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Obituary for Mrs. Sharon Anne Chepil (Prout)

Sharon Anne Chepil
January 7, 1942 – November 30, 2022

Mrs. Sharon Anne Chepil (nee Prout) gently slipped off to get her wings while in her home on November 30, 2022, with her loving family by her side. Sharon was born in La Fleche Saskatchewan on January 7, 1942 and moved to Northwestern Ontario for her parents to work at a bush camp, while raising their five small children, shortly thereafter. Eventually they all moved into their house in Fort William, where they lived while Sharon attended Franklin Street Elementary School and Selkirk Collegiate and Vocational Institute. A smart cookie with a sunny disposition, Sharon was quick to make friends and was very loyal, as evidence by many lifelong friendships, particularly that with her close friends Maxine Badani and Susan Arnold. Sue and Sharon grew up together on Franklin Street, adventuring around the south end, frequenting the Gardens and soda shoppes to roller skate and listen to music, which is how Sharon met the love of her life, James Daniel Chepil. Married for 62 years, Sharon and Jim raised two children, Derrick James and Maureen Kelly Chepil, then doted on their grandchildren Chandra Lescia Kastern, Kiel Darren Kastern, Marin Alexandria Megan Rumbelow and Svea Rene Noel Mason.

An educated, intelligent, and independent woman, Sharon’s career was spent in banking, working at the CIBC branch in Victoriaville. Many regular customers would wait in her line just so they could enjoy her smiling face and gently tease her to get her going while doing their business. She loved a good joke and was quick to laugh and fluster. She retired in 1995 and spent much of her time at her & Jim’s camp on Wild Goose Bay.

Sharon suffered a stroke in 2005 which impacted her mobility and ability to drive, which slowed her down but did not deter her. She pushed through and with the help of Jim and her grandson Kiel, enjoyed many more years being involved in the community, the congregation at Grace Evangelical Free Church as well as various dining and card clubs. Naturally curious, she was always interested in what was going on. Sharon stayed intertwined with everyone in her family, keeping tabs on what each one was up to and never forgetting a birthday. Sharon was a voracious reader, skilled crib player and loved to travel, especially to Southern California and Alberta to visit her family.

Sharon was predeceased by her parents Svea Eleanor and George Stanley Prout, her granddaughter Marin and her sister-in-law Elaine Prout. Sharon is survived by her ever-loving husband Jim; her siblings Owen (Jan) Prout, Gail (Gordon) Jensen, Gary Prout, Robert “Butch” (Janeth) Prout; her children Derrick and Maureen (Clarence); her grandchildren Chandra (Ben), Kiel and Rene (Brady); her great grandchildren Phoenix Bell, Karmyn, Haleigh, Graeson, Kynzly and Arlowe Mason.

Sharon’s family would like to thank everyone involved in providing compassionate care to Sharon in her last years, most notably Bayshore staff Amanda the RN along with PSWs Chrissy, Maria, Myrna, Heather and Tara, Wesway respite Pam Dunk, the staff at Rexall in the Spence Clinic and Janzen’s in Westfort, Dr. Andrea Sheppard and Dr. Kevin Miller.

Sharon’s life will be celebrated at Grace Evangelical Free Church, 289 Court Street North, on Friday, December 9, 2022 starting at 1:00PM. Interment will follow at a later date in Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Sharon can be made to Mary J.L. Black Library or Community Living Thunder Bay.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Westfort Chapel, 420 West Gore Street at James.