SMART (née Swinton), Shirley
1 juin 2024

Shirley Smart (nee Swinton)

Shirley Smart died peacefully at the Manoir Beaconsfield on Saturday, June 1st, 2024. Her family, caring staff, as well as Daisy the cat and Winnie the dog were by her bedside during her final days.

Born on August 3rd, 1929, in Toronto, the only child of Viola May LeMay and George Swinton, she grew up playing in the farmlands of Willowdale (North York). As an adult, she worked at Bell Canada where she met Jeffery Smart and on September 1st, 1951, they were married.

They moved to Angell Avenue in Beaurepaire in 1956 where they raised their three children, Anne, Tim and Cathy, as well as numerous foster children – not to mention the many rescued animals including dogs, birds and cats – mostly cats.

Shirley was a loving grandmother to Amalia and Alexander, Meghan and Melissa, Jason (Kazuyo), Andrew (Jenny), and Amanda. A great-grandmother to Oliver and Lily and loving mother-in-law to Ruth and Roland.

Shirley developed many close friendships in the local neighborhood and at Christ Church in Beaurepaire and was always busy volunteering, baking, quilting, gardening, doing estate sales for the benefit of the church, and visiting the elderly at the Manoir Beaconsfield, until she became a resident there herself.

She expressed her love for others with the gift of her hands, making cookies and Christmas cakes, teddy bears, Halloween costumes, and quilts for the children. She loved to travel with her husband Jeff, and they enjoyed many cruises on Holland America Line, and in 2000, they took both Jason and Andrew through the Panama Canal on a cruise. After Jeff died in December 2002, Shirley took the whole family on a cruise to Hawaii in 2008/9.

Jeff had remarked in his memoirs on Shirley’s resilience and her ability to bounce back from the trials of life. Certainly, after he died, she had to learn how to cope with many new challenges without her partner of 51 years. But she did manage to find her way with the help of family and friends and enjoyed many more years doing the things she loved.

She delighted in welcoming the family to their home on Angell Avenue on all occasions, while the annual summer vacation to Rye, New Hampshire was a highlight for all the family. We have many good memories of the beach, the rocky coastline, the seafood, and shared laughter and love together.

“Nanny” as we all tended to call her in her later years, never lost her sense of humour. Her unfiltered opinions were often delivered with deadpan precision to the family member who was visiting that day. Behind the opinions and the humour, was a devotion and care that lasted into her final years. Her appreciation of her family was evident when she explained to her friends at the Manoir, “These are my people”.

Whenever we were visiting Shirley and were preparing to leave, she would always say, “Don’t forget that I love you.” Nanny, we love you too.

There will be a Memorial Service and Reception at Christ Church, Beaurepaire, 455 Church Street, Beaconsfield, Québec, H9W-3S6 on Tuesday, June 25th, at 1:30 pm. All are welcome to come and celebrate her life with the family.

Many thanks to the wonderful people who work at the Manoir Beaconsfield, for all their love and care for Shirley.

Donations in memory of Shirley may be made to:
Cause 4 Paws is a volunteer-run, Montreal-based cat rescue which was created with the goal of reducing the suffering of homeless and abandoned cats.


Memorial Service and Reception

Christ Church

455 Church Street, Beaconsfield, Québec, H9W 3S6

Tuesday, June 25th, 2024 - 1:30 pm

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