Shirley Ann Margaret Bryan

February 15, 1948 - July 19, 2021
July 22, 2021 6 Condolences Print Obituary

On July 19, 2021, Shirley Ann Margaret Bryan “Shirl”, lost her life suddenly. She was only 73, and much too young to go. She was born to the late Douglas and Marjorie Ganton, and is now in their arms.

Shirley is survived by her son Craig, daughter Charleen, and grandchildren, Kayla, Brady, Dylan, Ethan, and Autumn.  She is also survived by her daughter-in-law Julie, and son-in-law Paul, who she always loved as if they were her own.  Shirley left behind five brothers and sisters, Douglas “Dougie”, Susan “Susie”, Ronald “Ronnie”, Marlene “Molly” and Darlene “Dolly”.  She now peacefully joins her other two brothers Robert “Robbie” and George “Jordy”.

She had a tough job of being both mom and dad to her children, but she was the best at it, and made it her goal to love Craig and Charleen to the fullest.  Shirley was in her glory toting her children to and from sporting activities and dance competitions. She had a full life and reached many of her goals like being in the Wide World of Sports and winning many trophies for the butterfly stroke.

She started out as a beautiful model, on to a bunny server at the Terrace Bar in Toronto, and sometimes worked two jobs to support her family.  Her most recent favourite past time was bowling, and boy oh boy could she play! Her spaghetti sauce and cranberry sauce were always sought after at family gatherings.

She had the pleasure of being a hands-on grandma by spending most of her daytime with her grandson Dylan until he left grade school, and had the luck of being able to move out to Alberta to do the same with her other grandchildren, Ethan and Autumn.

You never said, “I’m leaving”.  You never said, “goodbye”.  You were gone before we knew it, and no one knows quite why.  A million times we needed you, a million times we cried.  If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died.  In life we loved you dearly.  In death we love you still.  It broke our heart to lose you, but you didn’t go alone, you took a part of us with you, the day you were taken home.  If tears could build a stairway, and heartaches make a laneway, we’d walk our way to heaven, and bring you back again.  In our hearts you hold a place, no one could ever replace.

The world changes from year to year, our lives from day to day, but the love and memory of you, shall never pass away.

  1. Seeing your picture just isn’t the same. Your big move to Edmontond sounded so exciting when I talked to you on the phone. You have left us so sudden and it’s very hard to think of you not on earth. We will certainly miss you. Don’t worry about your children kevin and I will be here for them. Love you curly Shirley and will miss you and think of you often. XOXOXOXOXOXO SIS

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. She was a lovely woman and a fabulous grandma. I appreciated how she helped me out and how she was so kind. Big hugs.

  3. A beautiful obituary for a beautiful lady she will be greatly missed .by all the family. Shirl I will miss our telephone chats.
    Rest in peace.

  4. Aunt Shirley will be so missed. So many memories of her when I was kid, toting my sister’s and I along on little adventures, surprising us with a trip to Chucky Cheese!

    We may not have gotten to see eachother often as I got older and busier, but when we did, she always wanted to know what was new and was always proud of her nieces and nephews achievements. She was a great woman who went too soon.

  5. R.I.P Sis
    I’ll miss you dearly .
    Xoxoxo

  6. It is hard to imagine that Shirley is gone. It was only a week prior after her day surgery that I inquired about her condition and she was fine. When Julie said that she had passed away, I was shocked. She was a lovely lady and devoted to her family. Family always came first with Shirley. I will miss her as well as her family will miss her. Shirley has gone far too soon. Good people die far too young. Forever in my thoughts. Love Kay – Nana xoxox. Please give all my love to Julie and Craig, Ethan and Autumn.

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