Shirley Gibbon

August 25, 1922 - October 3, 2020

It is with great sadness that the family announce the passing of Shirley, at home, in the presence of family on Saturday, October 3, 2020, in her 99th year. Beloved wife of the late Cyril James (Jim) Gibbon. Loving mother of Brian (Carolyn), Bruce (Susan), Robert (deceased) and Catherine (Graham). Much loved grandmother of Sarah, Andrew (Gemma), Lisa, Michael (Yanique), Alison (Rob), Janet (Eddie) and loving GG to six great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Allen (Vera deceased). Predeceased by brother Ron (Pat). Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews.

Shirley led an amazing, full and productive life. She had a life long association with the Girl Guides of Canada serving in numerous national leadership roles, leading to being named Hamilton’s Women of the Year in 1975. She also loved her church, serving as a Church Warden, Lay Assistant and member of the Building Committee during the construction of a new Parish Hall. In later years she was a passionate gardener, knitter, reader and political follower. Most of all she was a proud Canadian and Matriarch of the Gibbon family always superbly organized and prepared. She was much loved and admired by her family and many friends

Cremation has taken place. Due to COVID restrictions a private family service will be held Saturday, October 10, at St. Stephen-on-the-Mount, Anglican Church.

It is our wish that her dear friends and acquaintances will have many warm memories to recall on her passing during this challenging time.

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Shirley Gibbon

Posted on: October 11, 2020

We are so very saddened by the loss of our dear friend Shirley She was a true example for us all to live our lives by. We will miss her. Our thoughts and prayers to all of Shirley's family.
With Love,
Alan and Margaret Goddard

Posted on: October 10, 2020

Dear Catherine,
My sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. You were blessed to have her in your life for such a long time.
Jeanie Wilson

Posted on: October 10, 2020

Cathy, thinking of you and the entire family. With you in spirit at the service for your wonderful and beloved mother today. Much love, Jeanie
Patricia Ford

Posted on: October 10, 2020

My sympathy to Shirley's entire family.
I had the great fortune of first meeting Shirley in 1981 when as National Training commissioner for Girl Guides of Canada ,she hosted a trainers' training in Halifax. We came from across Canada. She was energetic ,creative, motivating but fun loving. We all returned to our home provinces invigorated. She had that passion to inspire others so that we could spread that guiding spirit among our leaders so as to make the childrens' experience more memorable. In doing so she touched so may people.
My thoughts are with all of you during these unusual times when we cannot acknowledge the people who have influenced us in the
public manner they deserved.
Barry Hodgson

Posted on: October 9, 2020

Catherine and family, I am so very sorry to hear of the death of your mother.
I did not know her well but I have great memories of 2004 when she joined us on a painting trip to Lake Superior. A wonderful lady.
Molly Shannon

Posted on: October 8, 2020

Like Shirley, I too have had a lifelong association with Girl Guides of Canada, so It is in that capacity that I knew her best. The numerous hours over many decades that Shirley gave to the organization, were recognized and most appreciated. As a well respected Trainer, she taught leadership to many Guiders and this impacted on thousands of girls within GGC. Shirley was also responsible for numerous publications within the organization and excelled at administration. I truly believe, that had she been born at a time when women had high profile careers, that she could have been a CEO of a major company.

I extend my sincere condolences to Shirley's family. I thank them for sharing her with so many others, within Girl Guides and the Anglican Church.
Linda Thomson

Posted on: October 7, 2020

Much love to all. I remember her laugh & the way she listen so intently to me when I was a child.