Shirley Jean McAndless

July 20, 1925July 29, 2013

Passed away on Monday, July 29, 2013, in Cambridge, at the age of 88, after a long battle with leukemia. Beloved wife of James Elliott McAndless for 64 years. Born in East York on July 20, 1925, she graduated from the University of Toronto in 1947 with a BA in Psychology. She enjoyed her career as a social worker, before raising her children, and then later taught, for many years, at Secord Public School, in East York. Survived by her husband Jim, daughters Mary Lynne (Bert), Kathy, Joanne and Beth (Kurt), grandchildren Shane, Sharon, David (Carolyn), Karen, and Christy, great-grandchildren Charlotte, Amy and Clara, her brother's wife Moira and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her baby brother Jack (2010). Shirley’s family invites relatives and friends to the Funeral Service to celebrate her life at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at the Bethel Presbyterian Church, Richmond Street at Ilderton Road, Ilderton, Ontario (north of London). Followed by burial at Medway Cemetery. If desired, donations in Shirley’s memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by her family.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 3, 2013

Shirley Jean McAndless

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Judy Ignatowitz (Hiscock)

August 4, 2013

I send my condolences to Shirley's family and friends. Having grown up in Parkview Hills, I first met Shirley as the mother of my childhood friend and her daughter, Mary Lynne, whom I met in kindergarten and remained friends with throughout our school years in East York. I began my teaching career at Secord and would get rides to and from school with Shirley....although my time at Secord was short, it was an honour to have had that time with Shirley. She was a dedicated teacher and parent.

Joan Taylor

August 3, 2013

I taught with Shirley for a number of years at Secord School.I know that even after her retirement she worked hard collecting money from teachers for the East York Teachers' Association- what a job!
I send my thoughts and prayers to all her family at this difficult time.May you find Peace and acceptance in the days to come.

Marion Douglas(nee Payne)

August 2, 2013

I have fond memories of Shirley through Secord School where we both taught and Presteign Church. She loved to tell family stories and was so very proud of all of you.