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Sheila C. Holroyd
October 3, 2023
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Sheila Cailyn Holroyd, born April 28, 1987, at the former St Clare’s Hospital, Schenectady, NY, died unexpectedly October 3, 2023. She entered life full speed ahead and charged through life exuberantly. She was full of smiles, an internal joy that was a force outward, and full of laughter.
She lived with her parents, Nancy and Forrest Holroyd, in the town of Duanesburg, NY, all her life. She was enrolled in the same school her sisters Andrea and Colleen Holroyd attended, Duanesburg Central Schools. Sheila was born with Down syndrome and was later diagnosed with several other serious to life-threatening illnesses—she never let them stop her from spreading love and joy to all who knew her. She is survived by her parents and sisters.
After graduation from high school, she attended programs sponsored by Schenectady ARC. She enjoyed activities in the community and onsite until COVID interrupted programing. She continued online speech therapy with her wonderful SLP during lockdown and returned to Schenectady ARC Maple Ridge December of 2021.
Sheila made sure she was included in all the activities her family enjoyed. She attended annual Old Songs Festivals, as well as frequent concerts, throughout all her years—attending her first one as a 2-month-old and attending her last one June 2023. Some of the years she served as a junior crew volunteer, and at concerts her friend Debra supported her volunteer efforts with CD sales.
Sheila attended Union Presbyterian Church in Schenectady, NY, through her youth. Since her parents sang in the choir, she, her sisters, and a group of other children of choir members sat together behaving well under the watchful eyes of the whole choir and congregation. When her parents became members of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Albany, she also became a church member. As her sisters grew up and moved on, Westminster families made sure she was not alone during services. She became a regular acolyte and occasional usher and banner carrier with the support of loving church members.
Sheila loved doing puzzles, arranging flowers, attending Tri-City Valley Cats games, watching baseball on TV, and shooting hoops. At her Maple Ridge program she loved bowling, bingo, cooking, and arts & craft activities, and especially Dance Party. Sheila will be remembered for her love of life, her joy, and her enthusiastic, “Guess what,” “I’m so happy!” When asked how her day was, she would exclaim, “Fabulous!” and then she would go on with all the things she did that made it such a good, no, fabulous day. She lived fully in the moment and pulled along every friend she met. Sheila was the heart of the Holroyd home. Her death leaves a hole in our center, and the light of our life has dimmed.
Her Celebration of Life service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church between State Street and Chestnut Street in Albany, October 21, 2023, at 2 pm with a reception to follow. Nancy and Forrest would love to have you share in writing a short remembrance to include in a Memory book in lieu of flowers, or to consider a donation to Old Songs, Inc. (37 S. Main Street, Voorheesville, NY 12186) or to Westminster Presbyterian Church (online at wpcalbany.org or checks to the office at 85 Chestnut Street, Albany, NY 12210), two communities who held space for Sheila and let her shine.