October 29, 1930 – March 29, 2019
It is with great sorrow that the family of Shirley Jean Valade announces her passing Friday, March 29, 2019. She will be greatly missed by her beloved husband Brien. They shared a wonderful love story: 4 years as sweethearts followed by 71 years of marital bliss. Brien provided loving, devoted care during her extended illness. A kind and loving mother, she will always live in the hearts of her children, Carol Managhan (Tom), Peggy Cramp (Peter) and Brenda McNeely. She treasured and valued the uniqueness of each of her grandchildren Tina, Brien, Stephen, Evan, Lee and Keith who will fondly remember her. Her 5 great grandchildren brought her much joy. Shirley is the sister of Louise McRae (predeceased), Mary Anderson (predeceased), Virginia Hutflesz, Norman Butt, and Joyce Sweeney. She loved her many nieces and nephews and enjoyed family time with both her and Brien’s extended family. Many friends in Essex County and in the Bruce Mines area will miss her.
In many ways Shirley was ahead of her time. As a young woman she started her career as a bookkeeper and worked her way to becoming the President, and then owner of J. D. Candler Roofing, the oldest roofing company in Michigan. Later in retirement, she dedicated her efforts to the community through co-ordinating ‘The Journey of Love, Bruce Mines Holy Walk’ for 15 years.
Through family, career and community she lived a rich and remarkable life and will always be remembered for her big heart, determined spirit and for how she inspired others.
If desired the family appreciates donations to North Shore Health Network Thessalon Site Digital X-ray Fund.
A Celebration of Her Life will be announced at a later date.