Roberts, Shirley Anne

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.


'Come and Go’ Memorial Gathering 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.

Donations: Georgian Triangle Humane Society
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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Gary & Sharon Long
    Saturday, August 13, 2022

    Condolences to Jennifer, Andrea and their families in the loss of their mother and grandmother. Shirley was a great lady and when we would chat, she always talked about her grandchildren. Cherish the memories.

  2. Linda teed
    Saturday, August 13, 2022

    A lovely lady. Sympathy to the family

  3. Eileen Gamble
    Saturday, August 13, 2022

    So sad to hear the news about Shirley. She was a wonderful mother to her daughters.
    Condolences to the family.

  4. Irene webster
    Saturday, August 13, 2022

    Jennifer, Andrea and families,
    I am so sorry that you have lost your Mom and Grandma. I had the privilege of spending some quality time with Shirley just recently and thankful for the fun and laughter we shared. She will be truly missed and remembered by all her friends.
    RIP Shirley.

  5. Susan Hoadley
    Saturday, August 13, 2022

    So very sorry to hear about Shirley’s passing. She was a lovely gal and taught our daughter Theresa and Jennifer and they too have fond memories of her. Grief is the price we pay for life. Our hearts send you a hug. Susan & Perry Hoadley

  6. Doug & Denyse Ardiel
    Sunday, August 14, 2022

    Our sincere condolences to all who are grieving the loss of a mother, grandmother and special friend. Your memories of Shirley will be treasured!

  7. Harold and Bev Ardiel
    Sunday, August 14, 2022

    We are so sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing. She will be a very missed mother, grandmother and friend to many.
    Jennifer, Andrea and families, please accept our sincere condolences.

    Harold and Bev

  8. Pyatt Sandra
    Sunday, August 14, 2022

    Jennifer, Andrea and family
    Please accept my deepest condolences. Your Mom was a lovely person and will be missed by all that knew her. She talked about her grandchildren whenever we met. She loved all of you very much and smiled with pride when speaking of you.
    Cherish your wonderful memories, they will help when waves of grief roll in.

  9. Deb Chapman
    Monday, August 15, 2022

    Andrea & Jennifer ~
    So sorry to hear about your Mom.
    Sincere sympathy to you and your family.
    Shirley was always so nice to chat with and had a big smile.
    My thoughts are with you all
    Deb Chapman

  10. Jennifer Dorgelo
    Tuesday, August 16, 2022

    Jennifer and Andrea and families
    Thinking of all of you at this very sad time. I enjoyed working with your Mom at GBSS ; Shirley had the best sense of humour and was famous for her one liners in the staff room. Shirley was an excellent teacher and knew how to reach her students. Cherish your memories and know that her legacy continues on through her children and grandchildren.
    Take care of each other.
    Jennifer Dorgelo

  11. Supattana Bolger
    Tuesday, August 16, 2022

    Dear Jennifer and Andrea,
    Joe, Katrya and I were so saddened to hear of Shirley’s sudden passing. As you know, we had been in touch with her recently about our upcoming visit and were very much looking forward to seeing her in Thornbury. Maybe even take her on in a game of Bananagrams! Unfortunately, that won’t happen now. Nevertheless, we remain grateful for all the ‘Shirley memories’ and will always recall her laughter and positive outlook. To the both of you, please accept our deepest condolences at this challenging time.
    Love and hugs,
    Supattana Bolger

  12. Randy Darling
    Tuesday, August 16, 2022

    I had Shirley as a teacher in high school she was good and I enjoyed her I have seen her occasionally in town she was always friendly

    May she rest in peace

  13. Lynne Barnes
    Tuesday, August 16, 2022

    Jennifer, Andrea and family, I’m so sad to hear this news. It was always a pleasure to run into your mom and see that great smile. She’ll be missed by the many people she affected in positive ways. Hang onto your wonderful memories of a great mom and grandmother.

  14. Laura Dobie
    Wednesday, August 17, 2022

    Jennifer & Andrea,

    I am shocked and saddened to hear of your mom’s passing. I have very fond memories of spending time with Mrs. Roberts when I was little and again at your homes during our high school years. I always thought I lost out a little because she wouldn’t teach her girls or their close friends! My deepest condolences. Thinking of you. xo

  15. Sylvia Foreman
    Saturday, August 20, 2022

    Sylvia Foreman
    August 20,2022

    Jenn, Andea, Xavier and Gabriel

    Shirley was a very close and dear friend. I really cannot imagine life without her. We shared enough laughter in the first two years of our teenage friendship to last a lifetime – and that is exactly what it did. Kitchener was the last town we lived in together, but our relationship grew continuously through hundreds of telephone phone conversations where we shared nothing but truthful assessments of our unfolding lives. I will miss her for the rest of mine.

  16. Kathy Uram
    Saturday, August 20, 2022

    I am so very sad to hear of Shirleys passing. What a lovely lady, always ready for a chat! She will be missed by many.
    Our deepest condolences to her family


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