Shirlie Diana McFetridge

Shirlie Diana (Granger) McFetridge

May 13, 1925 to April 6, 2012

Shirlie passed away on Friday morning at the hospice at Langley Memorial Hospital. She would have been 87 in May. Her family extends thanks to the staff at the Irene Thomas Hospice in Ladner and the Langley Memorial Hospital.

Shirlie spent fourteen years at Seton Villa in Burnaby where she had many kind friends and fond memories.

Shirlie is survived by her sisters Patricia Granger and Norma Macleod both of Burnaby.

She is survived by her five children Robert McFetridge and his wife Irene of Bowser on Vancouver Island, Gerald McFetridge and his wife Lynne of Quesnel, Douglas McFetridge and his partner Lisa of Calgary and Doug’s daughters Katie and Natalie, Ray McFetridge and his wife Irene and their children Madeline, Lucas and Jillian of Surrey and Patricia Hannigan and her husband Michael and their children Conor, Olivia and Euan of Victoria.

She is pre-deceased by her father Ernest Granger, her mother Edna Granger and her husband John McFetridge.

Shirlie was the first child born in the new hospital in Kimberly. Her father was an underground miner. When Ernest developed silicosis the family moved to Penticton. During the war Shirlie repaired transmissions and transfer cases on Jeeps in Vancouver and Edmonton. Back in Penticton after the war, Shirlie met and married John McFetridge a civil engineer with the CPR. They moved to Edmonton where two sons were born. Then they moved to Lloydminster and then to Winnipeg where two more sons and a daughter joined the family. Later the family moved to Calgary and then Nelson.

Shirlie developed a strong interest in art and did contract murals for restaurants in Winnipeg. She became interested in Inuit art and worked in an Inuit art gallery in Winnipeg. Shirlie is remembered for her sense of humour and enjoyed the company of friends wherever she was. Shirlie had a love of travel. In 1966 she and John took the family on a vacation to Uclulet when the road to the west coast was very rough. She stayed in a hotel in Tiananmen Square a week after the uprising. She travelled on the Orient Express with a friend. She went to Macchu Pichu and Lake Titicaca in Peru.

She lived in San Jose, Costa Rica for three years.

Shirlie will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Donations in the memory of Shirlie McFetridge may be made to the Ride2Survive. Ray McFetridge will be riding from Kelowna to Vancouver on June 23rd as he does each year.

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