Mrs. Shirley Gerrish

Mrs. Shirley Ingrid Gerrish (Puumala)

Monday, April 2nd, 1945 - Friday, October 16th, 2020
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Obituary

SHIRLEY GERRISH
April 2, 1945 - October 16, 2020

Mrs. Shirley Ingrid Gerrish, age 75, passed away peacefully in Southbridge Pinewood on Friday, October 16th, 2020, with her family by her side. Shirley lived with Parkinsons’ Disease for a decade until the complications recently became insurmountable.

Shirley was born on April 2, 1945 in Dryden, Ontario. She attended Dryden High School before graduating from Patterson Hall School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse in 1966. She kept in touch with many of her friends from Nursing School and enjoyed attending the yearly reunions. Shirley worked the majority of her career at McKellar Hospital on Six South, retiring from the newly built Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in 2008. Shirley loved trips to the casino, time spent with her card club, shopping and travelling with friends. Most importantly, family was her biggest passion. She loved to be with her children and grandchildren, and was always worried about them and their lives. She will be deeply missed by all.

Shirley is survived by her children Kevin (Kristi), and Kim Gerrish; grandchildren Taylor, Alexa, Emersyn, Mikale and Scotia; nephews Eric and David Bayliss, nieces Donna Summerville and Debbie Dye as well as her great-nephew Michael Agrette and other relatives.

She was predeceased by parents Otto and Lillian Puumala and sisters, Phyllis Gow and Margaret Bayliss. Also predeceased by her former husband Gordon Gerrish.

Shirley will be remembered for her kind heart, generosity, compassion, and calm nature. Shirley made many friends along the way, all whom appreciated her quick wit and sense of humour. Shirley made many special memories with close friends while enjoying trips to the border and lunch dates with friends. All who knew Shirley loved her.

Funeral services for the late Mrs. Shirley Gerrish will be held on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 1:30 pm in the WESTFORT CHAPEL, 420 West Gore Street at James. Interment will take place at a later date. For those unable to attend, a video recording of the funeral will be uploaded to the funeral home website and will be available beginning on Friday morning.

As directed by the Province of Ontario and Bereavement Authority of Ontario, the attendance at the visitation and service is restricted to 30% capacity or less and a record of attendance must be maintained. Wearing of masks or face coverings by everyone and maintaining social distancing of 6 feet is mandatory for those attending the services.

The family would like to thank the staff of Blue Heron at Southbridge Pinewood for the care and compassion shown.

Should friends so desire, donations can be made to Confederation College in support of a nursing memorial bursary in memory of Shirley or online at https://www.confederationcollege.ca/ advancement/donate-now
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Service Details

  • Service

    Thursday, October 29th, 2020 | 1:30pm
    When
    Thursday, October 29th, 2020 1:30pm
    Location
    Everest of Thunder Bay - Westfort Chapel
    Address
    420 West Gore Street at James, one block south of Frederica
    Notes
    As directed by the Province of Ontario and Bereavement Authority of Ontario, the attendance at the visitation and service is restricted to 30% capacity or less and a record of attendance must be maintained. Wearing of masks or face coverings by everyone and maintaining social distancing of 6 feet is mandatory for those attending the services.

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Stacey Bakovic

Posted at 01:30am
I had the pleasure of working with Shirley on 6 South McKellar. She was a very kind and caring lady. My sincere condolences to the family. Stacey Bakovic
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brian kachor

Posted at 04:24pm
kim sorry to hear about your moms passing with prayers
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Pirjo Smith

Posted at 11:06am
Kim, I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I wish comfort for you and your family during this difficult time.
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Cathy Kurish

Posted at 09:20am
Kim and Kevin and families,
My condolences to you on the passing of your mom and grandma. She was a great lady and a valued family friend over the years. I will remember Shirley’s wit and how she would try to teach us Finn expressions and then she would laugh her wonderful laugh because we had no idea what we were saying. There was always a pot of coffee on the stove (made the Finnish way) and probably the reason I started drinking coffee. Our times spent camping at Shebandowan are also memories I will cherish.
Praying that your memories of her bring a smile to your face during this difficult time.
Sorry for your loss,
Cathy Oliver Kurish
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Jane Bird

Posted at 08:35pm
so sorry to learn of Shirley passing. She was one of the lovely ladies of the Mckellar class of 66. My sympathy to her family.
Jane Bird (Hunt)
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