August 20, 1970 – August 31, 2018
Dr. Shelly SARWAL
Age 48. I died spectacularly on August 31, 2018. Going before me were my mother, Saroj, father Surinder, and my hairy friend, Ira. I leave behind my husband, Randall Tresidder; brothers Sunil, Halifax and Sachan, Antigonish; less hairy friends Anita, Lori, Marie, Sandra, Shandrew, and Shelley; second mom Mrs. H, the Willow Street Warriors, and a myriad of colleagues, friends, and neighbours who kept me going with soup, wine, books, and brow waxes. Many thanks to Drs. Anderson, Chisholm, Hancock, Kuhl, and Panaro who travelled this road with me.
Born in Halifax, I was a graduate of Dalhousie Medical School, McMaster University residencies in internal medicine and medical microbiology and a fellowship in infectious diseases, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the Canadian Field Epidemiology Program. I had an amazing career in public health and the only thing I loved more than stamping out disease and pestilence was teaching others how to do the same. As my final act of teaching, after my organs were donated, my brain was left to the Maritime Brain Tissue Bank. I didn’t want to miss the party so I hosted my own funeral when I was still well enough to enjoy the shindig.
I had more living left to do but in the time I had, I tried to spread happiness, stand up for what I believed in, and not take life too seriously. Think of me when you dance or laugh or hug a dog. I’ll be in the turn of a page, the silver lining, the sown seed. Remember me in my garden, in funky hats, in cute cars, and, most especially, telling bad jokes.
In my memory, have a cup of tea and a good chat with your friends. If you would like to make a donation, please consider the wonderful folks at L’Arche Antigonish (larcheantigonish.ca) who gave my brother Sachan a second home and family.
Cremation has taken place. Celebration of life followed by high tea at September 29, 2018, 1:30pm-7pm, Cruikshank’s Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor Street, Halifax, NS. Casual dress, purple preferred.
- Celebration of Life Saturday, September 29, 2018
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August 26, 2019
This past weekend, I read with shock and sadness about Shelly's untimely passing. We had worked together oh-too-briefly in Ottawa during the hectic post-SARS days, with no time for socializing over coffee, lunch, etc. Nonetheless, during that time, Shelly revealed herself to be down-to-earth, trustworthy, good humoured, and possessed of an irrepressible style [not just purple dress - best lipstick colour, too!].
To all her dear ones, may the many evidences of her enduring love buoy you up, til you meet again.
August 24, 2019
Family of Shailini: I know you all only through the song written to Randy by Dr. Sarwal. I cried and smiled and was filled with warmth and love for you all and for my family and friends while I listened. ‘Thank you Shelly’ for adding a piece of life to my bank of happiness. Diana. Toronto.
August 23, 2019
Dear Mr. Tresidder,
I did not know your wife Shelly Sarwal. I came across her courageous journey in an article and wanted to write a note to express my deepest condolences as well as admiration for the simply amazing person she appears to have been.
I was touched by her thoughtfulness and the gift she left for you; one that she meticulously planned when faced with inevitability.
Her impressive story touches even strangers like me. I will remember her when I hug a dog or sit with friends. I wish those that she left behind, much love and strength.
Megan La Azulita
October 19, 2018
Thinking of you. I have wonderful memories of Shelly has a dedicated dance student.
October 3, 2018
I am deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Shelly. I have not only known Shelly to be an exceptionally brilliant working colleague, but above all, a very kind person.
My sincere condolences.
September 23, 2018
Dear Randy, Iam very sorry for your loss. I will always rember how funny Shelly was . I like the comic strips she posted on Facebook.
I will see you on Saturday for Shelly’s Celebration of life.
P.s. I will pray for you during this difficult time.
September 16, 2018
I am very saddened by Shelly's passing. She will always be missed.
September 10, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. Shelly was an esteemed colleague and friend. My sincerest condolences. Shelly was a brilliant physician, public health practitioner and human being. God speed Shelly.