Shirley’s life ended suddenly and without warning on Saturday, August 6, 2022 while walking her dog Macey near their home. She was 76 years old.
Born in Kitchener, Ontario to parents Ed and Ina Schultz, Shirley attended the University of Western in London, Ontario before moving to the Thornbury area with her ‘now ex’ husband Chris.
Their children, Jennifer and Andrea, were born at the Meaford Hospital and grew up in Thornbury before leaving to pursue their own adventures across the globe. Shirley stayed in Thornbury for her entire adult life. In part, she remained here to create stability for her kids but she also stayed for the friendships she had built as they nourished and sustained her.
Shirley worked the majority of her career as a high school teacher at Georgian Bay Secondary School. One of Jennifer’s memories as a child is her mom sitting at the dining room table, marking grade 9 papers on the Merchant of Venice. Shirley would read sections of the play aloud while she worked and Jennifer still knows Portia’s quality of mercy soliloquy by heart.
Shirley was an enthusiastic Scrabble player for many years and “Friday nights at Shirley’s” were a fixture in the calendar for her friends, her kids, and her friends’ kids. Any match that scored over 700 points would be recorded in the Scrabble box lid along with the gamers’ names. These names included Bob Butchart, Laurie Koch, and Kathie Houghton. Although a reserved person, Shirley enjoyed having people around her. For many years at Hallowe’en, her home on Napier Street was turned into an interactive haunted house that brought hundreds of kids through the front door for candy and to get scared by a bunch of teachers.
In her first few years of retirement Shirley travelled as much as she could and especially loved her experiences in Greece and Turkey. She also travelled around the world to visit her daughter Andrea and grandkids Xavier and Gabriel in places as distant as Hong Kong, Vietnam, and the Bahamas. Being a grandmother was important to Shirley and she loved her grandsons immensely.
Shirley will be remembered for her calmness in the face of adversity and her belief that things would “always work out.” Shirley leaves behind her daughters Jennifer (Ben Lochridge) of Whitehorse, Yukon and Andrea of Charlotte, North Carolina, as well as her grandsons Xavier Roberts-Layne and Gabriel Roberts-Miller. She will be missed by her extended family members, Supattana and Joe Bolger of Ottawa, her childhood friend Sylvia Foreman of Sarnia, her neighbour Inga Vosnakis, and all of her Thornbury friends.
An indoor/outdoor, ‘come and go’ memorial gathering for Shirley’s life will be held at 115 Admiral’s Trail at Lora Bay Cottages in Thornbury on Saturday, August 20, 2022 from 2 until 5 p.m. All are welcome to come and share their memories of Shirley.
For those who wish to make a donation in memory of Shirley, her beloved dog Macey was a rescue she adopted from the Georgian Triangle Humane Society. Donations may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted. www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca