Bradley, Shirley Fernande
(October 17th, 2023)
December 1935 – October 2023
Shirley was born in Kirkland Lake Ontario to Cuthbert and Theona Bradley along with her siblings Norm and Jeanine. She enjoyed a wonderful childhood and eventually married and moved to St. Charles where she raised five beautiful children; Serge, Gaston, Lise, Yves and Jocelyne.
Showing great tenacity, she became a teacher / librarian qualifying to teach in three provinces. While raising her family, working and studying, she taught every grade from college down to kindergarten. Additionally, she took on the after school music program where they performed many concerts in both French and English.
After retirement, Shirley decided to become a snowbird and would “go play in the sandbox”. She got herself a 35ft rig, hooked up the car and took off into the unknown. She made many dear friends while doing things like kayaking and hang-gliding plus dancing every night. She liked to travel to far off places like Peru, Australia, Brazil and more. She loved Mexico and even taught in the Dominican Republic. One of her latest excursions was rafting and camping down in the Grand Canyon. She even walked on fire. So many adventures and stories to tell.
Shirley had a huge and generous heart and was a shining light and inspiration for so many. Always remaining positive, she was everybody’s mom. No matter what hardship one was going through, she’d say there must be a gift at the end or some other positive words. (she had many)
Shirley leaves behind her sister Jeanine, sister-in-law Angela, son Yves, daughter Jocelyne, daughters-in-law Carol and Nancy, grandsons Bradley and Brighton plus numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews, as well as the many people she met upon her journey in this life.
As Shirley would often sing after a visit or a fire pit, “I’m going home, I’ve done my time”. You have mom and you used it very well. Now it’s time to go play in the sandbox again and spread that light everywhere.
In lieu of flowers, please practice kindness. “It comes back to you a thousand fold.”