Fond farewell to Sheila Harvey George
Many of us attended the funeral of Sheila Harvey-George on Friday 6th April in Truro to bid her a very fond farewell. Sheila was taken ill soon after her 70th Birthday in February and peacefully passed away a few weeks later in hospital. 8 of us danced the strathspey “Dance for Sheila” devised by Barbara Truswell, a Falmouth White Heather Club dancer, at Sheila’s wake. The dance was originally written for Sheila to celebrate the occasion of her being awarded the RSCDS Branch Award in May 2008. Sheila was the first person in the Cornwall Branch to be awarded this honour.
Sheila was a keen and enthusiastic Scottish Country dancer all her life. She spent a lot of time and energy encouraging people to enjoy their dancing long after she was unable to dance herself. To Sheila dancing was all about having fun and getting everyone to join in.
Sheila taught the White Heather Club in Falmouth for many years. One of the highlights of their social dance calendar was the well attended annual White Heather Club’s dance held at Perranwell Village Hall.
Sheila, Mary Miller and Polly Barton who all danced together were founder members of the Cornwall Branch of the RSCDS and did a huge amount to establish the Branch in its infancy. Sheila helped to promote dancing in Cornwall by being involved in organising the RSCDS teacher’s course held at Tremough Convent, being one of the first teachers to teach at Bude residential weekend and inviting Wilma Miller to come and teach a series of workshops throughout west Cornwall.
Sheila will be greatly missed by many dancers far and wide. I shall miss her wicked sense of humour and her love of life.
Ros McLaughlin, Membership Secretary RSCDS Cornwall Branch.