GRAFTON, Mass. – Sheila Moffat, a former Grafton schools administrator, died after a brief illness Jan. 23 surrounded by family. She was 74.
Moffat was born May 8, 1938, in Worcester to Blanche G. Moore and Edward B. Carroll. After graduating from Commerce High School in 1956, she studied art in Boston.
She worked as an education administrator for more than 26 years in Grafton public schools, Assabet Valley High School and Tufts University, where she was still working at the time of her death.
Moffat was the only department manager at the Environmental and Population Health Program at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, where she helped establish a number of international veterinary programs.
A resident of Sutton, Mass., she enjoyed traveling, both for work and with her family. She also loved to laugh and had a passion for fun, her family said. An avid sports fan, Moffat enjoyed bowling. She most enjoyed spending time with her family.
Moffat is survived by three children, Andrea Matkowski, Richard DeSimone and Maria (Peter) Conti; a brother, Edward Carroll Jr.; a brother-in-law, George A. Turpin Sr.; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Nancy A. Turpin; and her husband, Frank Moffat, in 2010.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mark's Church in Sutton. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery in North Grafton. Roney Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Moffat's friends and colleagues, together with the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, have established a scholarship fund in her honor. Donations may be made to TCSVM Development Office, 200 Westboro Road, Grafton, MA, 01536.