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KIRKPATRICK, Shirley

December 22, 1934 – Hamilton, ON
June 14, 2014 – Calgary, AB

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dorothy Shirley Kirkpatrick. It was a peaceful end to a vibrant and compassionate life. She will now rise in glory with her husband Jim, daughter Dale and son Wade.

She will be missed by her sons Rex (Robynn), Drew (Tracy) and daughter Tara. Her nine grandchildren, nieces and nephews mourn her loss and are better for having known her.

Funeral Services will be held at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church (1121 – 14th Avenue S.W.) on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. with interment to take place at a later date in Hamilton, ON.
Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Shirley Kirkpatrick, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Kathy Sanderson :

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a wonderful person full of life and endless energy. She will be missed by many. You are in my thoughts.

    Kathy Sanderson and family

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  2. Mae and Jim Davies :

    From: Jim and Mae Davies, St. Michael’s Church, Hamilton

    We remember Shirley with great fondness and great memories. I (Mae) was one of the starters for the volleyball played on Wednesday mornings at St. Mike’s (still going on) and Shirley was an original to the game. We had great fun and great discussions with Father Llewellyn after in our “discussion group”.

    Our thoughts are with all of you at this time.

    Mae and Jim

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  3. Pamela Kirkpatrick :

    Lots of fond memories of visits to Hamilton and of the family visiting Ft Wayne, IN. Shirley was one-of-a-kind. Always a smile and kind word.

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  4. Annette & Gary Mikula :

    To the Kirkpatrick Family.
    Sorry to hear of the loss of your mother.

    Thinking of you all at this difficult time.

    Annette and Gary
    Hamilton, Ont

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  5. Kathleen Firth :

    Sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Kay Firth and family.

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  6. Tom Kirkpatrick :

    To: Shirley’s family, I am sorry for your loss. I have nothing but fond memories of Shirley. She was one of a kind and I enjoyed time with here whenever it occurred. She had a zest for life and brought life to every room she entered.

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  7. Marilyn Greenly :

    Hi Tara:
    So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. We really missed her when she moved to Calgary. We
    are still getting together for “Supper Club” and always have many great memories of the times
    with your Mom and Dad. We all had a very special friendship with each other and were very
    supportive of one another. We all laughed a lot. Shirley was a very dear friend to me, as she was with everyone. I send many loving thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

    Marilyn

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  8. Terry Ann McMaster :

    Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of joy you must have somebody to divide it with. -Mark Twain
    I cannot express the joy and love that Shirley and Jim Kirkpatrick bestowed upon my family.
    Shirley was my best friend, my greatest gift, my inspiration for over 20 years. I met her at Tim Hortons when my first born was just 4 days old and the beginning of an amazing friendship unfolded. She taught me to be a great mother, nurtured me and loved me and my family like her own. She shared every part of herself, teaching me everything from piano playing to sewing ( I remember her making this incredible dress for me to wear to a wedding). If you needed something stitched she gladly did it, taking little to no money for herself. She taught me to be humble and trustworthy and to always, always be kind to your fellow man. Even when they turned their back on you, she always taught you to forgive. She was a great listener and could tell an amazing story of her travels to Indiana, Aunt Dot, her family, supper club, volleyball, her best friend Gayle and St. Michael’s Church. She babysat my children all their wee lives and taught them to hug and climb trees and she could name every bird and creature we saw on our many, many travels in nature. She came to every school event and willing accepted the title of Mother and Grandma. She had a home remedy cure for everything and if she didn’t, she went and found one. We shared Sunday dinners on a regular basis and we were blessed to have her delicious homemade fudge every single Christmas. I remember one dinner when both her and Jim came for supper and found out that I had the pleasure of cooking them a meal on their 40th Wedding Anniversary! The love that we shared endured a life time of happiness and I will miss so many things. Like sitting and reading the horoscopes over coffee with her friend Shirley Yorkston and Joyce. Always giggling cause there was always something fitting to all of us. I remember homemade macaroni and cheese and her sharing every photograph of her grandchildren and how her refrigerator was decorated as a shrine of her love for them. I remember learning every aspect of gardening and no matter how many times I killed a plant she somehow always nursed it back into a beautiful vibrant piece of God’s Creation. She always had a flower frog on her table with every stunning Hibiscus bloom. Her windows were decorated with tons of plants and cuttings of new life. I remember sitting on the swing out front as she meticulously placed every single rock under the tree that the kids collected; as each one had a story of where it came from and why the child picked it. She listened intently to every one of their stories and their eyes lit up as she glowed and shared their enthusiasm. I remember going on thousands of hikes and walks; whether it be the escarpment, waterfalls or discovering “Uli’s” stairs. I remember chatting non stop and at times just sitting and listening to nature without a word spoken. Her front door was always open and all were allowed to enter day or night.
    I remember how she prayed for each and every one of us, whether friend, family or foe because her faith in God was like no other. She appreciated every talent and gift that she was able to receive and she practised kindness every single day of her life. Her heart carried love for all those who knew her and the burdens of many. There was nothing that she wouldn’t do for you. She was the epiphany of grace and love. She made us all want to be better people and we are so blessed to have known her. My heart is broken for myself; but so very happy that she is with our Lord and her family now. They need her most! Please always watch over me for I shall seek your presence in the summer nights breeze, an evening walk in the rain or that shooting star. I promise to hold your memories tight and cherish them always! Thank you my friend for loving me! Death is not the extinguishing of light, but the putting out of the lamp because the dawn has come! -Terry Ann McMaster and Family xoxo

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  9. Dear Tara
    I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She is safe in heaven now.
    Love and prayers to you and your family.

    Pat Robert

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  10. Pat and Gord Melmer (St. Michael's) :

    I was saddened to read of Shirley’s death, I had heard that her life has been a struggle for the last couple of years. She always had such a warm smile and genuine laugh. For a few years we played volleyball together with the ladies of the church and your boys Tara on the stage area. Sheila tells us that the plan is to bring her back to St. Michael’s for a funeral service. It would be our hope to be there. I like the idea of the tree, its a gift of many years of growth that you can watch flourish.

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  11. Darlene Power :

    It saddened me to hear of the loss of your Mom, Gramma. I will always hold dear my memories of her beautiful smiling face, her infectious laugh and her welcoming hugs. She knew how to live and will live on in the life lessons she taught you.
    My Deepest Sympathy to you all,
    Love Darlene
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  12. Gary Smith & Val Smith :

    We remember Aunt Shirley’s laugh and smile. No matter what the circumstances she always seemed to have a laugh and a smile for us. Her and Uncle Jim raised a great family and that is an everlasting tribute to them both.
    We will miss her.

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  13. chabot family :

    We are so sorry to hear about your Mom. She and my Mom, Irene, knew each other a long time and I always remember Shirley to be so kind and happy. Our thoughts are with you all at this time.

    Louise
    Irene Chabot and family

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  14. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Shirley, she was a genuine ray of sunshine on days when you thought nothing would go right. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Mike Grice and Family.

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  15. Neil Galloway :

    THE SCENT OF A ROSE

    In my garden grew a soft, pretty rose
    She blossomed in summer and winter snows.
    Her scent a fragrance no man could resist,
    With cherry red petals meant to be kissed.

    She played in the park and the forest green,
    Amusing herself, this beautiful queen.
    Spending happy days full of amusement,
    With never a care, all was enjoyment.

    Gone are the days of sweet wine and roses,
    In the arms of God she now reposes.
    Commemorate now a wonderful wife,
    A mother, a grandma, a good Christian life.

    It is said there is a time for everything.
    A time to rejoice, a time to sing,
    A time to recall, a time to forget.
    A time to forget! No, never, not yet.

    Copyright: Neil Galloway

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