Obituary: Shirley June McIntyre

In Loving Memory of Shirley June (Taylor) McIntyre, RN, BSc, Mrs, Daughter, Sister, Mom, Grandmother, Aunt, Student, Teacher, Card Reader, Cook & Baker, B&B Hostess, Master of all things needlework, volunteer, friend …

July 13, 1927 – July 26, 2023

Shirley was born July 13, 1927 in Toronto, Ontario to Robert Taylor of England and Mary Fisher McBride of Maybole, Scotland; her sister, Frances Anna, followed a few years later. Shirley interned at Toronto Western Hospital and graduated with her RN Degree and went on to train as an OR nurse where, in the OR room of that very hospital, she met her future husband, Dr. John Addison McIntyre. As a young married couple with their first born daughter, Kathleen, in tow they settled in Uxbridge, Ontario, where Dr. McIntyre, as surgeon, opened Uxbridge Cottage Hospital in 1959; Shirley worked in the OR for a time. That same year her daughter, Meron, was born followed in quick succession by sons Ian and Todd.

Shirley used her nursing skills the span of her lifetime, she was a passionate about nursing, it was what she was meant to do. She was the nursing assistant and everything else that goes into supporting a family medical practice that was attached to the home while raising four children in a small rural community. After moving to Salt Spring in 1987, she was an OR and floor nurse at Lady Minto Hospital until she retired at the age of 75. During her lifetime she also combined travel with medical mission in both India and Africa. Shirley was well travelled and enjoyed the adventures of the outdoors, canoeing, camping, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, roughing it in the bush with no electricity or running water, snorkeling, sailing … As much as she enjoyed adventure she put just as much skill, talent and heart into home pursuits, homemaker for a young very active family, sewing, knitting, cooking, gardening, Candy Apple & Cotton Candy Lady, Volunteer (or as she use to call it Voluntold) for everything, Scouts Canada/Girl Guides, figure skating, hockey, skiing, swimming, zoo keeper with all the ‘pets’: dogs (lots of dogs), cats, mice, fish, a goose, horses, a cow, wild ducks … and we lived in town! She had a talent for keeping it and her family all together.

Shirley passed at Lady Minto Hospital on July 26, 2023, in her 96th year surrounded by her family, peacefully, content and on her own terms. We couldn’t have asked for more for our parent.

Missed and survived by her children, Kathleen (Oshawa, Ontario), Meron, Ian & Todd (all of Salt Spring Island), daughter-in-law Kimberly McIntyre, grandchildren, Kenrda & Dillon (Kathleen) Adam & Meghan (Meron), Brenna, Charlotte & Darby (Todd), Ken, Ray & Gray (Ian).

~ Celebration of Life ~
July 13, 2024 at On Duck Creek B & B
136 Broadwell Road, Salt Spring Island
2 pm - 4:30 pm

July 13, 2024 would have been mom's 97th birthday so we have chosen this day to gather for her Celebration of Life in the home that she loved so much. Please share the invitation with anyone that might like to attend.

Meron, Ian, Todd and all her family

Collage of pictures Shirley McIntyre and mostly family.

Mom's favourite flower was a sunflower. Meron Meroz took the photo on Salt Spring in her garden.



July 8, 2024 10:08 AM