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April 7, 2019

Shirley Anne Eaton (Reid) died peacefully Sunday, April 7, 2019, three weeks shy of her 87th birthday. She will be deeply missed by her loving children, David (Lindsay), Doug (Emily), Catherine (Peter), and Bruce. Dear grandmother of Sarah, Paige, Andrew, Kirk, Cody, Thomas, Dylan, Isabella, and Cameron; and step-grandmother to Madi. Predeceased by her husband of 30 years, John Eaton, a.k.a. “Fred;” and her parents, Dr. Roy Reid DDS and Pearl Reid. Shirley lived an active, full life. She raised four children, often playing the role of both Mom and Dad. She wasn’t afraid to swing a hammer or fire up the lawn mower; in fact, that was when she was happiest. She was an avid Bridge player. She didn’t play “Kitchen Bridge” as she called it, she played competitive Duplicate Bridge. It was a huge part of her life. Jokingly, we often called her “Drive-by Grandma” because she always had something going on, some game to attend. Shirley loved sports, and rarely missed a Jays game on TV or radio. Right to the end, she was talking about watching the Masters. She was an avid golfer at Islington Golf Club until the early '90s, a place where she spent countless hours with her friends. She was Club Champion in 1979 and cheered on her daughter, Catherine, to multiple Club Championships at Islington and later the Georgian Bay Club. Shirley and Catherine were the Ontario Mother and Daughter champions in 1981, a victory that topped all others in her distinguished golfing career. Her skiing career was cut short after catching a T-bar in the head by “Lady Bryce.” At least that’s what she told us. Instead of skiing, she would often be found in the race hut at the bottom of the hill with “Annie,” Shirley was on the mic calling the races and Annie was the scorekeeper. In addition to her work with Junior racing, Shirley was the first “editor” of the “Peaks Periodical.” She was also a staunch supporter of the Lively Cup festivities in the '60s and '70s. Bruce Beach and Kincardine were the places she loved the most. Spending summers at the cottage, tending to her gardens, and visiting her many friends, gave her the most joy. Most Saturday evenings during the summer, she would make the trip to town with someone in tow to see the “pipers” march down Queen Street. After, she would grab an ice cream from “Sniffles,” usually with a grandchild in tow. Pine River United Church was an important part of Shirley’s life. Thank you to Rev. Vicki Johnson for her kindness and support. Shirley will be deeply missed by her many friends, especially Marilyn McKeeman and Lucille Fischer who supported her right to the final bell. Thank you to the staff of Malcolm Place for their care and support, especially Nurse Mary. We are having two celebrations for Shirley. One will be held at Islington Golf Club (45 Riverbank Dr., Etobicoke, Ontario), Tuesday, April 23, 2019, from 4-7 p.m.; and the other at Bruce Beach with the date and location being announced in the summer. Memorial donations to Pine River United Church would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy, and can be made through the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, Kincardine, by calling 519-396-2701.