Shirley Evelyn (Conway) Fisher

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Shirley Evelyn Fisher (nee Conway) 1928-2014 It is with great sadness that the Fisher Family announces the passing of Shirley Evelyn Fisher -loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend - on August 4, 2014. After struggling for 35 years with a rare disease of the nervous system (Primary Orthostatic Tremor), Shirley died peacefully at home, with her loving husband and caregiver, Bob, by her side. In addition to her husband Bob of 65 years, Shirley is survived by her children: Bob (Linda), Jim (Wendy), Randall (Ken), John (Cathy), and Barrett (Otto); grandchildren: Robbie, Leah, Jamie-Anne, Ellis, Thomas, Eryn, and Pietra; sister Beverley (Bill); many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and longtime friends. Shirley was born and raised in North Vancouver. Exceptionally bright, Shirley skipped two grades in school, graduating from high school at the age of 16. Her career began at Burrard Drydock, followed by Kelly Douglas, where she held administrative and data processing roles, and worked on the pre-cursor to today's computer. Bob and Shirley married in 1948, and for the following three years, Shirley continued her career, while Bob finished his degree in forestry at UBC. Bob then began his forestry career in 1951, at which time the couple started a family. Shirley and Bob bought their first family home in North Vancouver, where their five children were born. In 1965, they built their home of almost 5O years in West Vancouver, making lifelong friends with Chartwell neighbors, with whom they enjoyed regular social activities. In addition to raising five beautiful children and running a busy household, Shirley was an immaculate homemaker and amazing cook. A long-time member of Hollyburn Country Club, Shirley loved to curl, and was a tireless supporter of her young swimmers, skaters, and hockey players, driving them to and from practices and competitions. As well, Shirley loved playing bridge and golfing with her friends. Shirley was a voracious reader of fiction and non-fiction; a keen follower of politics; and a crossword puzzle devotee. She had a passion for fashion, knitting, and sewing; a flare for poetry, cursive writing and painting; and she loved to watch old movies. Shirley and Bob enjoyed traveling with friends and family, visiting such favorite destinations as Hawaii, Mexico, Alaska, the U.K., Turkey and Africa. In 1986, Shirley volunteered for Expo 86, Vancouver's world fair, making new friends and meeting visitors from around the globe. A loving wife, devoted mother, loyal friend, and member of the West Vancouver United Church, Shirley lived a happy and full life. Shirley was a generous, selfless, hard-working, principled, thoughtful, caring and beautiful person, who will be fondly remembered and sorely missed. May she rest in peace. In lieu of flowers - friends and family can make a donation to the charity of their choice. A service will be held at West Vancouver United Church on August 24, 2014 at 2:00PM, reception to follow.

Published in The North Shore News from Aug. 17 to Aug. 18, 2014