Shirley Margaret Stewart

23 July, 193325 March, 2021

STEWART, Shirley Margaret (née Burgess)

July 23, 1933 - March 25, 2021

It is with great sadness that Shirley’s family announces her passing at the age of 87 years.

Shirley was born in Manchester, England, living through the Depression years and WWII as a child. She married Dad in November 1952, and soon after the young couple immigrated to Canada together. Settling first in Hamilton, and later in Belleville, Ontario, they became proud Canadian citizens in 1967, Canada’s centennial year. In addition to raising their family of four, Shirley worked as a data entry specialist for a variety of firms. In 1991, upon retirement from Northern Telecom, she relocated to Edmonton, Alberta to be close to family. She found much joy as a member of Sweet Adelines International for more than 35 years, and made many treasured friendships in song that continued until her passing. Throughout her life, she was resilient, generous, and always willing to provide support to those close to her.

Shirley will be lovingly remembered by her children Wendy (Rémi), Brenda (Peter), and Derek, by her grandchildren Elyse (Connor), Luc, Andrea and Sonja, brother Colin (Pat) and sister Christine, as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews in both Canada and the UK. Shirley was predeceased by her husband Kenneth and son Bradley, her parents Arthur and Lily, and her brothers Peter and Graham.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. In Shirley’s honour, please take a few moments to sing or play your own favourite song and tap into the healing power of music.

Those wishing to do so may donate to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Arthritis Society.

The Lord watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another. Godspeed.


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Leslie Mackay

12 April 2021

I was so sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. I too haven't seen much of her over the last few years, but our mutual friend Deanna has kept me in touch. I remember Shirley as a feisty member of both Gateway and Alberta Heartland Choruses. She was a Sweet Adeline through and through, and I thank her for serving Region 26 in at least one regional position that I know of. I will miss her! My thoughts are with Shirley's family at this difficult time.

Tina Aseltine

9 April 2021

I don’t remember any one time more than any other. Shirley was just always there and part of my sweet adeline life. She was kind and sometimes bossy and cranky just like me.
We always had fun and I’m sorry we lost touch.
I’m glad to have been part of her pen pal letters at the end.

My condolences to the family.

Joanne Johnson

3 April 2021

In 1995 Shirley and I travelled to New Orleans to a SAI convention, with some friends. We had so much fun exploring and rooming together. After that we were roomies at both International and regional events. She was a good friend and I’m only sorry that we didn’t keep in closer touch after her move to Churchill Manor.

Deanna Enns

3 April 2021

Shirley and I travelled to and from rehearsal for many years and of course made a stop at BP on the way home. After she moved to Churchill Manor we celebrated her birthday by having a banana split at a nearby Dairy Queen. Yours in Harmony Shirley.

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