A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home

217 Portland Street, Dartmouth, NS


Shirley Helena McMahon

March 2, 1931February 7, 2020

MCMAHON, Shirley H. – of Dartmouth, passed away on Friday, February 7, 2020, in the Dartmouth General Hospital. Born March 2, 1931, in Wentworth Creek, NS, she was the daughter of the late James William and Florence (Baxter) Riley. Shirley was predeceased by her loving husband Malcolm and brothers Francis and Ernest. She will be profoundly missed by daughters; Lou-Ann (Jim) Covill, Shauna (Andy Marshall) McMahon, sister; Marilyn (Blaine) Newcombe, sisters-in-law; Sara Riley and Vivienne Riley. Shirley was a graduate of the Windsor School of Business. Her career included administrative roles in various hospitals and municipal and provincial government departments. She later enjoyed volunteering in various roles in support of her children and husband. She was a tremendously giving and supportive Mom, sibling and friend who enjoyed spending time with family and sharing her kindness and humour, including a good April Fool’s Day prank. Shirley devoted herself to family, pets and grandpets, always having a treat on hand. She enjoyed feeding and watching birds, country drives, fresh baked treats and competing in an annual amaryllis growing competition with son-in-law Jim. She leaves her loved ones with an abundance of wonderful memories. In accordance with Shirley’s wishes, cremation has taken place with a private family burial to take place at a later date in Maplewood Cemetery, Windsor. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff of the Dartmouth General Hospital who provided care and compassion. Online condolences may be sent to: www.mattatallfuneralhome.com


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Mark and Lynn Campbell

February 12, 2020

Lou-Ann and Shauna, I was so saddened to see Aunt Shirley’s obituary. I was just asking mom and dad last week if they had been talking to or heard from her lately. Your mom was always so pleasant and kind. Such a calm demeanour but she loved a good laugh too. And she listened. I’ll be thinking of you often in the days ahead.

Bernadette Wilson

February 11, 2020

Lou-Ann and Shauna my sincere sympathies for the loss of your Mom.

I met Shirley many years ago (1973) at Ian Forsyth school where we both volunteered in the library. We remained friends over the years enjoying afternoon coffee and sweets. I will truly miss those afternoons together.


Bob&Connie McMahon

February 11, 2020

Lou Ann, & Shawna. So saddened to hear of Shirleys passing. Our thoughts are with you at this time. You both have many happy memories to help you through., Sincerely Uncle Bob& Aunt Connie.

Lisa Mackay

February 11, 2020

Dear Louann and Jim,
So sorry to hear about your loss. Her obituary makes her sound like a lovely woman who will be greatly missed.
With sympathy,
Ken and Lisa MacKay

Darla Fleet

February 11, 2020

Shauna and Lou-Ann

I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I really enjoyed our visits together when she would come in to get her hair cut. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.


Andrew & Susan Robertson

February 11, 2020

Lou-Ann and Jim

We were saddened to read of Mrs. Mcmahon’s passing. Our thoughts are with you both at this time.

Andrew and Susan

Pat (Leighton) Whidden

February 11, 2020

My father, Tom Leighton, grew up across the road in Wentworth Creek from the Rileys. He spoke of them enough that, as a kid, I knew who they were, and actually met some of them on the infrequent visits we made back there when I was young.

Shirley shared an apartment in Halifax on Vernon Street with my mother's sister Moira Densmore Forde. When I was 14 years old, I had to have my tonsils out. Because of the early hour of the surgery and the distance to travel to get to Halifax, Mum and Dad took me to the city the day before to stay with Moira, who would deliver me to the hospital the next morning. What I remember best about staying there with her was how Shirley went out of her way to interact with me, be fun with me, and make me feel more at ease about going into surgery the next day. I wasn't just an annoying brat they had to put up with over night. I've never forgotten that. My condolences to the family.