Shirley Lorraine Pare

Shirley Lorraine Pare



Shirley passed away peacefully at home on November 29th, 2010 in her 67th year, surrounded by her loving family.

Beloved wife of Michael Paré for over 40 years; loving mother of Stephen (Julia Cherwenka) of Toronto, and Elise (Stewart Spooner) of Rossland BC. Cherished “Grammie” to Lauren, Caroline and Anneliese Paré of Toronto. Sister of the late Arlene Hobbs of Salmon Arm, BC.

She is also dearly missed by her brother Edward Beswick (Jane) of Victoria, BC. , her nieces and nephews Andrea Woods, Sheila Von Schulmann, and Bradley Beswick of Victoria, Alison Twiss of Prince George, BC, Esmé French of Thunder Bay, ON. and André French of Fort MacMurray AB.

She is especially mourned by her sister-in-law, Denise Paré of Thunder Bay.

Shirley was born in Vancouver on January 28, 1944 to the late James Carver Beswick and Florence Edith (Edie) Beswick (née Smith). She grew up in Vancouver and Salmon Arm and graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1966. On graduation she joined the RCAF as a dietician, having interned at the Royal Victoria Hospital Montreal. She served in the RCAF and Canadian Armed Forces in food services and personnel administration until her retirement in 1999, with a ten-year pause to raise her family. While serving in the Canadian Forces she received a Master of Public Administration degree from Queen’s University. Following her retirement, she worked with the Canadian Centre for Conflict Resolution and completed a Master of Arts (Conflict Studies) from Saint Paul University.

Shirley had a vivacious personality and enjoyed a wide circle of friends. She was a consummate hostess who loved to entertain. Among her many activities, her most cherished was her garden in which she spent many happy hours. For the past five years, she organized an annual plant sale from her garden in support of the Women’s Breast Health Centre at the Ottawa Hospital.

Family and friends were invited to the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, Ottawa on Sunday, December 5th from 2 to 4 pm. Interment of her ashes will be held at a later date.

In memory of Shirley, donations may be made to the Women’s Breast Health Centre, the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, or to a charity of your choice.

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