Clifford Alvin Shirley
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SHIRLEY-Clifford Alvin Oct. 7, 1912 May 12, 2005. Clifford (Cliff) Shirley of Weyburn, passed away on Thursday, May 12, 2005 at the age of 92 years at Weyburn. Clifford was born on the farm of his parents, Carl and Mary Shirley, located northwest of Carlyle, SK. He attended Swift Creek School and after finishing high school at Carlyle, he attended Normal School in Regina in 1930; then Bachelor of Arts at the University of Brandon in 1938. After six years of teaching, Cliff joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and became a navigator bomb aimer. In a four-engine aircraft, with an all-English crew, he completed 52 bombing missions with the 50 Squadron RAF. Many of the bombing raids over Germany and Italy were successful and Clifford, along with his pilot Harold Southgate, were invested with the DFC and DFM. Clifford returned to Canada and married Marjorie Earl on August 11, 1944. He took over the principalship at Redvers and completed his Bachelor of Education from the U of S in 1953. He taught in a number of schools in southern Saskatchewan including Ogema, Maryfield, Simpson, Davidson, Alameda and Arcola. As well as helping young minds grow, Clifford also farmed in the Arcola-Carlyle area and tackled both occupations by giving the best he had. Clifford and Marjorie enjoyed their first years of retirement at Kenosee Lake and later made their home Weyburn. Clifford was predeceased by his parents, Carl and Mary; brother, Cecil; and grandson, Davin Stratton. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Marjorie; daughters, Marilynn Stratton & Brenda (Rick) Hancock; and three grandchildren, Carla, Graham and Jarid Hancock. He is also survived by his sister, Vera Mowat; sisters-in-law, Billie Shirley, Hazel Glover, Daisy Earl and Marjorie Earl, as well and many nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held at the Carlyle United Church on Monday, May 16, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. John Bullas officiating. Funeral arrangements by the Orsted Funeral Home, Carlyle and the interment at the Glen Morris Cemetery, Carlyle. Donation in Cliff's memory may be made to the Arcola Health Center Palliative Care Fund, Arcola SK. S0C 0G0 Darren Grimes.

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Published in Leader-Post on May 14, 2005.
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May 21, 2005
Brenda Hancock
May 16, 2005
mrs.shirley and family
our sincere codolences go out to you and your family. mr.shirley always took time out for us kids when we played sports in the school yard.
we hope you will find comfort in knowing what a great person he was.
marvin,karen and family.
marvin fox
May 16, 2005
Mrs. Shirley & family.
Our deepest sympathy to you & your family at this time. My husband & I both had him for a teacher & I especially like the war stories he told us, it brought it very much to life & certainly made the class interesting.
Lorne & Darlene{Blight} Whitfield.
Darlene Whitfield
May 16, 2005
Our deepest Sympathy to the Shirley families. Cliff was a good friend and nieghbor here at Kenosee Lake . He will be missed
Les and Venita
Les + Venita Obrigewitsch
May 15, 2005
My condolances to all the Slirley families. I was a student in the mid 60"s and he influenced many of lives. Thanks for sharing him with us at this particular time .
Doreen Bradridge (Orser)
May 15, 2005
Mr Shirley was a remarkable man and the very best of teachers. We owe him a great deal for all he did for his students, our children.
Alan & Margaret Carr
May 15, 2005
Dear Mrs. Shirley and Family, My deepest sympathy to you in the loss of such an incredible person. It is now 20 years ago that I was one of the young minds Mr. Shirley influenced. He not only influenced my mind but my heart and spirit. My "mental block" is gone because of his support and my memories of him will be with me always. There are few people in this world that have so positively impacted so many.
With love, Donna
Donna (Carr) Chesley
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