Merton mourns loss of well respected Mayoress

Merton Council is mourning the loss of former well respected Mayoress, Sheila Draper who died Wednesday 2 February 2011.

Sheila was a devoted mother of two sons, Gregory and Anthony, and daughter Caroline and loving wife to Councillor Nick Draper of Colliers Wood Ward. She was a dedicated mayoral consort, giving unstinting support to Councillor Draper during his 2009-2010 mayoralty.

A funeral will be held for Sheila at 10am on Tuesday 15 February at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 63 Colliers Wood High Street. A cremation service will follow at Garth Road Crematorium. There will be a reception to celebrate Sheila’s life at Colliers Wood Community Centre, opposite the church at 66-72 The High Street.

Sheila’s family has requested that there be no flowers but instead would welcome donations to The Charge Trust (c/o 12 Wellington Road, London, W5 4UH). Sheila founded the Trust, which offers family support for those affected by Charge Syndrome, a condition affecting Nick and Sheila’s son Gregory. More information about the Trust can be found at

Mayor of Merton, Councillor Oonagh Moulton said: “Sheila’s death was a shock to many of us. She will be missed by her colleagues and friends from across the council. Her dedication to her work for the borough during Councillor Draper’s mayoralty led to thousands of pounds being raised to benefit charities in Merton. The organisation she set up herself to help families affected by Charge Syndrome has also been of immense support to a lot of people.”

Leader of Merton Council Councillor Stephen Alambritis said: “I feel privileged to have known Sheila. She was someone in whose company it was always a pleasure to be. Generous-spirited and caring, Sheila brought a sense of well-being to everyone she came into contact with. Even though she had been seriously ill, she never let this get in the way of the huge amount of work she did for others.”