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SHAIKH, Shirley Anne (nee Vessey)

March 30, 1936 – May 26, 2012

Shirley Anne Shaikh beloved wife of Qayum (predeceased) of fifty years, passed away surrounded by her loving famiyon Saturday, May 26, 2012 at the age of 76 years.

Shirley was born in Charlottetown PEI and attended Prince of Wales College before heading out west to find the love of her life, Qayum. Shirley worked in a variety of office positions until creating a career with the CBE, working at Nickle and Lord Beaverbrook. She was a fun loving and energetic role model, who always put her family first. She will be remembered for her laughter, singing, and being the world’s best grandmother.

Shirley is survived by her son Ameer (Marie) and daughter Ayesha (Gerry): grandchildren Kaylee, Phillip, Deven and Bryce; numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends and Family are invited to a joint Funeral Service honouring Shirley and Qayum at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Friday, June 1, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #204, 2323 – 32nd Avenue N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 6Z3 Telephone: (403) 266-0620, ext. 112,

In living memory of Shirley Shaikh, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Corinne Ellsworth :

    Ayesha and Ameer and families,

    You have been in my thoughts these past few days – to lose one parent is tragic, two so close together brings monumental grief. I had the good fortune to be the recipient of your parents’ boundless hospitality and good food when I visited Calgary some time ago. Your Dad was such a gentle soul. Over the years I have always enjoyed your Mother’s sense of fun and love of family. Her visits to PEI were eagerly anticipated as we knew there would be many laughs and much mischief involved! Her compassion and insightfulness were especially moving and I know you will each miss her for these attributes. I feel that we are blessed to know our parents and grandparents as adults. Your Mother’s spirit, essence and heart will live on in the stories we relate and will continue to make an impact on future generations. I wish a great lady Godspeed. -Corinne

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  2. Ali and Kathy Khan :

    We have lost our dear friends Qayum and Shirley in a brief spell of time and mourn with their children Ameer and Ayesha and grandchildren .
    We will always remember the wonderful times we had together.
    All our love and condolences to the family.
    Ali and Kathy

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  3. Joan and Art Jorstad :

    Going to miss that girl–the smile–the gentle teasing–the cheerful presence.
    No more principals getting those little ditties sung to them early in the morning. No more kids in guidance being guided, cajoled into helping themselves to do better. Loved her a lot as everyone did. Love, Joan and Art.

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  4. I first met Shirley and Qayum 6 years ago when Don (Irene’s brother) and I visited Calgary as a surprise to Don, I instantly forged a close bond with ‘Shirl the girl – as I always called her’ and enjoyed the casino just as much as she did, enjoyed a chat and a smoke with her and loved her vitality and sense of fun. I am so sad to hear of her passing and I can imagine how much you – her family, will miss both her and Qayum.

    Much love from her friends in Wales,UK.

    Don and Maureen

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  5. Bill & Ann Knibbs :

    Ayesha & Ameer & your families– You may remember me as the adopted brother to the house of 5 girls!!!
    I then took 5mm movies of your Mum & Dad’s marriage!! For over 50 yrs I remained close friends with them– What fun we used to have at Football games & drinking hot rums/dancing the nights away –Your Mum love to have fun & was the life of the party!!! Your dad used to just smile & let her be herself– I’m certain it must be difficult for the both of you & your children!! Mitch Album had a saying for himself–“Death ends a life not a relationship” I hope you’ll look upon their life with you & all the relationships & bonding you had with your Mum & Dad!!! Bill

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  6. Barbara Dobbie :

    Dear Ammeer and Ayesha you have been in my thoughts and I am so sorry that you have to greive two parents in such a short time. I shared a house with your mom over fifty years ago as well as had the pleasure of being an attendant at your parents marriage and what fun we had planning the reception in that Sunalta bungalow. I loved your mom for her wonderful sense of humor, vitality and just good common sense. May her spirit fly on. I feel blessed to have known both your parents- Barb Dobbie

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  7. Todd LaBrech :

    Ayesha and Ameer and family, please accept my sympathies on the passing of Shirley and Quayum. I am very grateful for the many acts of love and kindness shown to my mother over the years. Aunt Shirley was always sending clothing packages, perfumes etc. and Mom always loved receiving them. Also numerous calls and sing songs! God bless you all. Best Regards, Todd

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  8. Rosemary Gerdts :

    Ammeer and Ayesha- so sorry to hear about your Mom and Dad. I was your Mom’s roommate before I eloped with Walter- (and I was so pleased that you, Ayesha and your mom were able to come to our 50th celebration!) Shirley and I had lots of fun together both in PEI and Calgary.

    My deepest sympathy to you both.

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  9. Al Lawrence :

    Hello Ayesha, Ameer, Ginny, and Grandchildren:

    I was very saddened to learn from her friend, Corena Gairns, of Shirley’s passing. I met her a long time ago in Charlottetown and we became close friends. Although we went our separate ways that connection and friendship have endured these 50 plus years. There seems so little I can say to comfort from your loss of this funny, sincere, warm, respectful, affectionate woman. There is no doubt she held you all as well as your children, and, of course, Qayum in esteem – always. With my warmest regards and my deep sympathy to you all for the double loss you have suffered so recently. Sincerely, Al Lawrence

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  10. Louis & Kathryn Wilchynski, Mermaid, PEI :

    To Ameer, Ayesha & Families

    Our deepest sympathy on the passing of your precious parents Quayum & Shirley. I (Kathryn) knew Shirley since childhood as we both attended Central Christian Church in Charlottetown. I played the organ at your parents wedding at the Park Hill Church of Christ in Calgary. We had many happy visits and times together as two young married couples. I always enjoyed her visits to PEI and her Christmas letters. With Sympathy, Louis & Kathryn Wilchynski

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  11. Zahra and Brett Godfrey :

    To our indefatigable, indomitable Auntie Shirley whose spirit soared on the wings of courage and hope. On a lighter side I know she has already met more than half of heaven and is a regular at the casino there. Auntie Shirley’s bravery in the face of such adversity was and will always be an inspiration to us all. To a lady with an incredible zest for life, one of my heroes and forever in our hearts. Love Zahra

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  12. So very very sorry to hear of your loss ( your mom and dad) thoughts and prayers are with you and your family…god bless

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  13. Rod Vessey and Family :

    Dear Ayesha and Ameer;

    So sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved parents. Both were so special and kind and they will be missed by all that knew them.

    We send our deepest sympathy at this time of loss.

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  14. Marjorie Vessey :

    Dear Ayesha, Ameer and families:I have just discovered that the message I sent to you on June 1 is on another website, so I am repeating it here so I will be sure you know that I have responded.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.Such a short time ago I wrote to Shirley with fond memories I had about Qayum.
    We will all miss Shirley’s visits to the Island.We knew there would be fun, food, laughter and singing when she was with us. Two other words I would use about Shirley are,” loyal”, and “thoughtful”.
    Please extend my sincere sympathy to all your family.
    Love, Aunt Marge. Prince Edward Island.

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  15. Khalida Aunty - Kuku Ji's maternal cousin. :

    Dears Ayesha and Ameer,

    I cannot find words to comfort you. Losing both your parents in so small a span of time. They were two beautiful human beings, gentle and kind. I was lucky to have been closer to them since my advent to the States. Long chats, and laughter. All of a sudden I find myself very alone. May you find comfort in the wonderful memories you hold dear, and in closeness to each other. May God’s Mercy be with you. Amen

    Shed no tears, you had her for many years,
    She gave you Life, she gave you love,
    She gave you all she had and more,
    Shirley was your Mother and you loved her,
    She stood by you, no matter what,
    She would have done thesame,but she had to go,
    To join your dear father, dear Kuku Ji in heavan’s abode.
    For to live without him was no fun,
    With him absent, what could she have done,
    He must have welcomed her with open arms,
    And she must have found peace and solace
    from all harm.
    Happy they must be, to be together again.
    Lovely memories of your parents, in your hearts you will keep.
    While they rest in eternal sleep.

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