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MacINNIS, Shirley Margaret (nee MacDonald) – In loving memory of Shirley MacInnis, who passed away on Thursday, May 23rd, 2019, at the age of 80 years. She was the cherished wife of Hughie MacInnis (predeceased). Shirley was the oldest daughter of Wesley and Jennie (Matchett) MacDonald (both predeceased).  She is survived by her siblings Jean Walker (Vincent) of Whycocomagh, Nova Scotia, Faye Murchie (John), Art (Keda), Jim (predeceased), Bob (Mary), Paula (Herbie predeceased) all of Miramichi, New Brunswick, and dear sister in law to Mary-Ann Stewart (James) of Massachusetts, John of Nova Scotia, Jay (predeceased) of Oklahoma, Donald Joseph (predeceased) and Peggy (Yves) of Val Caron.   Born in Silikers, New Brunswick, Shirley aspired to help people and had a long career as a registered nurse.  She married Hughie in 1961, and together they raised their 4 children:  John of Alberta, Mary-Lee of Sudbury, Donald (friend Shawndra), and Lori (husband George) both of Garson.  She is survived by 9 grandchildren: John Wesley (Kristina), Cherra (Cory), Alexander, Stephanie, Baylee, Conner, Daytton, Cathryn, Caela, and great granddaughter Gabriella.  Special aunt to numerous nieces and nephews. Shirley was a kind and gentle soul who’s caring, compassion and generosity was reflected in every facet of her life as a:   loving wife, ideal mother, dedicated sister, friend and neighbour, and adoring grandmother. Shirley was always available for her family and friends with a beautiful smile and helping hand.  Friends were invited into their home and were welcomed as family.  Laughter could always be heard coming from their home during Sunday dinner where family and friends were treated to a great meal she prepared. Shirley also devoted many hours to volunteer duties.  She spent countless hours helping where needed with the Church, playgrounds, and the Cape Breton Club of Sudbury.  It was her calling in life to serve others and make everyone feel they were special and welcome.  That was her gift to the world: to be humble and kind.  Despite her diminutive stature, Shirley was a force to be reckoned with!  Her smile was infectious, and her wishes simple. No words can express the gratitude the family has for the exceptional care and compassion provided by Drs. Moe and Monique St. Martin.  We would also like to thank the nursing staff at Pioneer Manor, Cedar section, for their kindness over the years where she had many good friends including Skip and the “Golden Girls”.   As she wished, there will be no service, but a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  Arrangements entrusted to Simple Wishes.  Donations can be made to the charity of your choice.

Condolence Messages

  1. Teresa MacLean

    27 May 2019 3 weeks ago

    So sorry for your loss , she is finally a peace with her best friend and husband Hughie. She will be missed

  2. Kathy

    27 May 2019 3 weeks ago

    My deepest condolences to all that knew her! May she rest in peace! ❤️

  3. Annie Boucher

    27 May 2019 3 weeks ago

    Shirley was also a bright light on Cedar where I have visited my mom for two years and always greeted Shirley. She always had a smile and a positive attitude and in over two years I never once heard her complain about anything. She enjoyed talking about her children and her pride shone through with them following her career choice in becoming RNs or Regular Nucenses. She spoke of her garden and love for dogs and strawberry pie. Her positive attitude was contagious and her smile very uplifting. She made a difference on the unit and is already greatly missed but is in a better place dancing among the stars. Her imprint remains on those who were privileged to know her. So glad she had a peaceful passing with her family by her side. She was aprecious gift to us all. I want to be like her in many ways.

  4. Jackie

    27 May 2019 3 weeks ago

    So sorry for your loss, Sending hugs and prayers

  5. Dr Moe

    28 May 2019 3 weeks ago

    It was an honour and my pleasure to have known and cared for Shirley as part of the team while she stayed at Pioneer May. My sincerest condolences to the family. With love and respect
    Dr Moe

  6. Deborah Casera

    28 May 2019 3 weeks ago

    To Lori MacInnis and family I send my deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother.

  7. Lu

    28 May 2019 3 weeks ago

    Mary-Lee…I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to your whole family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers!

  8. Carlos

    28 May 2019 3 weeks ago

    After reading this moving obituary, the world seems less beautiful since this past Thursday. Rest in peace Mrs. MacInnis.

  9. Margaret-Rose Murphy

    28 May 2019 3 weeks ago

    So sorry to hear about her passing. I didn’t really know Shirley, but know most of her siblings, as her brother Art is married to my sister, Markedah. One thing I do know is she sounds much like her mother, a beautiful kind, humble, and generous woman. The siblings that I do know, have all of those same qualities, wonderful people. Rest in peace Shirley. My sincere condolences to her children and her siblings.

  10. Caroline Mailloux

    31 May 2019 3 weeks ago

    Hello dear friend,

    I am very sad to hear about your mother’s passing. I know how much she meant to you and that she will be b very missed. However, when I read about her, I could only think of how much you resemble her! It seems as though she was very loving, bubbly, spirited, kind and full of love and life, just like you. Her legacy will live on. I send you all of my sympathies from all of my heart. Loads of love too ❤️

  11. Anne Gaskin

    07 June 2019 2 weeks ago

    For My dearest friends and second family. My deepest sympathy, thoughts, memories and love to your entire family. I grew up across the street from Shirley and had the pleasure of seeing Shirley almost every day. She was the ‘brightest light’ on our street. Everyone who had the opportunity to know Shirley loved her. She was always there for you and cared so deeply for those who knew her. She will be deeply missed by everyone who had the pleasure of
    Knowing her and her dear previously departed husband Hughes. I know Hughie was there to quite her to Heaven. You will be deeply missed Shirley,
    We all love you Shirley! My thoughts and prayers are with your family. All of my love,
    Anne (Mackinnon) Gaskin

  12. Anne Gaskin

    07 June 2019 2 weeks ago

    For My dearest friends and second family. My deepest sympathy, thoughts, memories and love to your entire family. I grew up across the street from Shirley and had the pleasure of seeing Shirley almost every day. She was the ‘brightest light’ on our street. Everyone who had the opportunity to know Shirley loved her. She was always there for you and cared so deeply for those who knew her. She will be deeply missed by everyone who had the pleasure of
    Knowing her and her dear previously departed husband Hughes. I know Hughie was there to quite her to Heaven. You will be deeply missed Shirley,
    We all love you Shirley! My thoughts and prayers are with your family. All of my love,
    Anne (Mackinnon) Gaskin

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