Small, Shirley Arlene Agnes

Shirley Small of Meaford, and formerly of Hamilton, passed away suddenly yet peacefully in Meaford on Friday, May 29, 2020 in her 71st year.

Born on January 2, 1950, Shirley was a daughter of the late Christopher and Lorna (nee Foster) Johnston. She was predeceased by her beloved son Don in 2017, her brother Daryl in 2018, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Shirley will be missed dearly by her daughter-in-law Karen Small and her adored grandsons Dray and Emmett of Dundas.  She will be remembered fondly by her sister Christena Foster of Hamilton, sister-in-law Dale Jerome Johnston of Ancaster, aunt Shirley Jackman (late Terry) of Meaford, and by her many cousins, nieces, nephews and their families from Alberta to P.E.I., Australia and England.

Shirley was very artistic and her floral arrangements will be remembered from far and wide. One of her favourite pastimes was watching and feeding the birds that she could see from her living room window. Family, friends and celebrations were very important to Shirley and some special memories and places come to mind, such as trips to Moon River, Foster’s cottage on the Beaver River, and special drives with the top down in the Mustang in search of poutine. Many of us will remember her saying “I don’t drink rum!”  Shirley always had a kind word and a smile, she was truly a beautiful and loving person with a gentle soul.

At Shirley’s request there will be no service and cremation will take place.   There will be a celebration of Shirley’s life at a later date when restrictions are lifted and friends and family can safely gather.

As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Meaford Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated and 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

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There will be a celebration of Shirley’s life at a later date when restrictions are lifted and friends and family can safely gather.

Donations: Meaford Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice
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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Drifa Jonsdottir Foster
    Sunday, May 31, 2020

    May Shirley Rest In Peace she will be missed. I will miss confiding in her and talking to her. Shirley was a person who never put herself first and respected people I am married to Ron her cousin and their relationship was wonderful. The number of phone calls between them are many they could chat for long time. It is going to feel empty as these calls will no longer happen. I will love Shirley always and I am great full to have known her and had her in my life.

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  2. Jeanne Foster
    Sunday, May 31, 2020

    One of the kindest, gentlest people I had the pleasure to know.
    Rest in peace beautiful lady. xo

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  3. Drifa
    Sunday, May 31, 2020

    Shirley was a beautiful person inside and out. I will always miss her and love her dearly Shirley was the glue in the family and never put herself first. She had respect and love for people was always so caring. RIP my wonderful Shirley I will never forget you.

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  4. April Maclean
    Sunday, May 31, 2020

    Thankyou my friend . You will travel with me for the rest of my days. You have been an important instrumental person in my life. I have learned from you courage, pain and laughter and you alone have made me a better person and you have touched so many in a positive way.

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  5. Ron Sheldrick
    Monday, June 1, 2020

    Some of the best days of my life were the many days I spent with Shirley

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  6. Chef Gilles Hache
    Monday, June 1, 2020

    My condolences and my prayer are with the family. May she rest in Peace. I have been in contact with her a few time in the past few week and she was a lovely women.
    Will remember her.

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  7. Bev and Gail Murray
    Monday, June 1, 2020

    So sorry to hear of Shirley and always admired her for the wonderful person she was and will miss her dearly. Our sympathy goes out to all of Shirley’s family at this time.

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  8. Gloria Knowles
    Monday, June 1, 2020

    I first knew Shirley professionally through our jobs and later became friends. She was so creative and talented in her floral designs and creations. A person who I know cared deeply about family and friends. She will be dearly missed. My condolences to the family.

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  9. Michael Harvey
    Tuesday, June 2, 2020

    My thoughts are with the family and friends of Shirley. Growing up in Grimsby, Ontario our family got to know Shirley and of course I was often over at their place doing outdoor activities with my Cousins Tammy and Bobbilynn and Shirley’s Son Donny. Over the years we have kept in touch. Shirley always was very kind to me and very supportive of my endeavors and life events. RIP Shirley you will be missed.

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  10. Bev Groombridge
    Tuesday, June 2, 2020

    I knew Shirley many years ago when we both worked at Sheldrick’s she was truly a wonderful and talented woman. Always had a kind word to say. I am sure she will be missed so very much by her family and friends.

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  11. Karen Thomas
    Tuesday, June 16, 2020

    We were so sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing. She will be greatly missed by those of us who knew and loved her. We will really miss her great sense of humour.
    Love
    Debbie and Don Ellis
    Karen and Bob Thomas
    and Allan Johnston

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