Sharon McWhinnie

June 28, 1944 - January 2, 2021

With broken hearts, we announce the passing of Sharon McWhinnie on January 2, 2021. Shay was a loving wife to Paul, a wonderful mother to Marnie (Mark) and Kim (Chris), and a proud Nana to Andrew. She had a love for others, and for life. She grew up in a family as one of 8 children, and she was raised by two loving parents, Harold and Jean Jarvis. She always smiled when she shared stories from her childhood in Grimsby. Our Jarvis parties with Shay’s parents, siblings, nieces, and nephews were always filled with laughter and we all created wonderful memories together. She was a school teacher for a few years before retiring early to raise her family. She loved spending time with her family at our cottage in Barrow Bay and she enjoyed antiquing, collecting postcards, curling at the Thistle Club and Burlington Golf and Country Club, and spending time in nature. She was a wonderful caregiver, and she was always there to help those who needed support or extra love. Her generous and caring nature was always appreciated by those around her. Music filled her soul in the last few years, as did visits with family and friends. The staff at Seasons Retirement Home-Memory Care Unit became part of Mom’s family in the past 2 years and we are so grateful for the amazing care and abundance of love they provided every day. We are also grateful to Brooke and the wonderful team at Brooke’s Home Care for their kindness, and their exceptional care over the years. Shay lived a life where she put other’s needs above her own. If you would like to honour Shay, please consider doing an act of kindness for another person and think of her while doing it.
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Paul Roney and Joanne Wright

Posted on: May 12, 2021

We were so sorry to hear of Shay’s passing. We met Paul and Shay at J.C. Cannuck’s in lions head in the late 1990’s. It was such a surprise to find fellow Hamiltonians on the Bruce. She always had the latest cottage attire in the store. We had wonderful times at the Barrow Bay fish fry, just a short walk from their cottage. Shay and her wicked sense of humour will be greatly missed.

Posted on: February 2, 2021

I have fond memories of Mrs. McWhinnie.
Keitha and Stan Seneco

Posted on: January 6, 2021

Our sincere condolences to Paul and Marnie and Mark, Kim and Chris and grandson Andrew. Shay was a wonderful friend. We spent many happy times together wether here in Hamilton or at their cottage at Barrow Bay. Shay was such a great motivator! She was the only person to get me to try golf(a disaster according to the pro) and cross country skiing ( hesitant all the way!) she tried but knew I was a loss cause! We met while our children were at Chedoke public school and became fast friends. A memory I will never live down is our trip to Quebec City to see the tall ships! I took so many pictures of the ships and then found out that there was no film in the camera! I wasnt good at photography but Shay saved the day as she was a wonderful photographer. She will be missed! Rest In Peace dear friend.
Tasha Labrie

Posted on: January 4, 2021

Sending comfort to Shay’s loved ones at this tough time. Getting to know and care for Shay during her time at Seasons has been a great privilege. She was a cherished member of our family and her presence is already deeply missed. Whenever I hear “You Are My Sunshine” I will always think of Shay!
Laina Don

Posted on: January 4, 2021

Shay was a wonderful woman and I am grateful that I got to know her and help support her, even though it was for a short time. I will never forget her fiery spirit and sense of humor. Sending my condolences. She loved her family very much.