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Remembering Sharon Stirling

From: Peggy Gatley
Sharon, Kelly, Denise, Anne, Michelle, Darla and Shelley,welcomed Scott and I to my Grandpa Rev, Harry Axford's old stone house in Chatsworth, with our 1 mon old son Skye Robyn Larke in 1977. Sharon named our local travelling kids puppet show,"The Skye Blue Puppeteers" and collaborated, on so many hilarious skits to entertain at  school, libraries 7 senior's homes.With Michelle became chief organizer, with Sharon as production manager & wacky puppeteer.It was her idea to stuff puppets with balloons, so they'd blow up with a bang in the Mad Doctor and Frankie n Johnny skits.Baby Skye held up a wee balloon, while she sang,"Baby Face", then popped it so he'd yell,"Nooo!"bringing down the house.Her boisterous, laugh, fearless,"Holy! Just give 'er!" used to turn any simple challenge, into high adventure with tons of belly laughs. She was fast becoming a community leader, even at the young age of 12 yrs old, in sports and organising fun activities for the smaller kids. My son Skye absolutely adored and deeply missed her, until the day he tragically passed, March/04/2019, following a double kidney/pancreas transplant, for Juvenile Diabetic Renal failure. Like Sharon he passed from a sudden deep brain bleed. I believe that they have both joyfully found each other in heaven, along with dearly missed Michele Juniper and Shelley Brown, for I have had dreams of all of them together. All were Warrior Angels both on this side, having to face challenges few knew about. Their courage, strength, sense of humour in the face of adversity,infectious belly laughs, faith that close friendships should be forever, are the spiritual energy that now make up our dearest and most inspiring memories to hold onto, teaching us that, "Fear not!"is the most powerful, celebratory, way to live life! Keeping Sharon, Jim, Nicole, Melissa, Donna and Laurie, in our prayers and loving thoughts always.

From: Brenda Connery

Jim and family: I was shocked to hear about Sharon's passing.  I worked with her at the Company Motor Inn.  She always was smiling and her smile lit up the room.  Sending my heartfelt condolences to you she will be greatly missed

From: Colleen Danard
I am so sorry for this sudden passing of your beautiful wife and mother. She made us always feel so important and her infectious giggle is something I will always treasure. I will miss her friendly wave when we pass each other on the bus

From: Lisa, Rick, Lander, Derek and Elyse Hartley
Jim, Nicole and Melissa, 
We are all so sorry to hear of Sharon’s passing.  We have so many wonderful memories.  I don’t think I ever saw her without a smile on her face.  To driving my kids safely to school, to the booth, to meeting up with her in stores.  I know she will always be remembered in our house. A quote that I read on an arena bench in Stratford one day “life is not measured by its length, but by its depth”, sums it up. She sure made life great in the short time that she was with us.  We consider ourselves so fortunate that our lives were touched by such a wonderful Lady.

From: Barbara Penn
Dear Jim, Nicole,  and Melissa, l am sending my sincere sympathies to you at this difficult time.   There's no words that can describe such a loss.  Sharon was a happy free spirit that touched so many folks  "Always remember the good times". 

From: Trish and Paul
Jim, Nicole and Melissa,
We are so terribly sorry to hear of your loss. Sharon’s laugh and big smile will never be forgotten. Thinking of you during this difficult time.


From: Heather and Doug Grahlman
We were saddened to hear of the passing of Sharon.  Sharon was such a lovely women.  She lead with a smile.  Her hands were strong but yet so soft and caring.  She will be sorely missed by all.  Our sincere sympathy to Jim and the girls.


From: Kelly Dupon
I am so sorry to hear of Sharon's passing, hugs and prayers for all of you. Sharon and I had so many happy memories. I have many photos of our times together. We were always together in our younger days, horses were our passion together we road every back road of the area. All the time spent with Peggy at the Chatsworth house. Sharon you touched my life in so many ways, I wish that I had stayed in touch with you all, life gets so busy and sometimes we miss those we know so well. You were the closest person to me for so many years like the sister I never had. If I was not at your house you were at mine or we were out riding our horses. You found your soul mate in Jim and have two amazing daughters who were so lucky to have you in their lives. Godspeed Sharon I know that you will be missed by so many and are loved by so many. I can still hear your laugh and see your smile.


From: Wendy Shepstone and Lorraine Boyd
Jim and girls,  we are so very sorry to hear of your loss of a dear wife and mother.
Our deepest sympathy and prayers.

From: Rod Matthews
I am shocked and saddened by the news of Sharon's passing. Jim, Melissa & Nicole - please find comfort in the many beautiful memories you must have and the knowledge that Sharon touched the lives of so many in her far too short time here with us. I will always remember her as a kind & giving lady who genuinely cared for those around her & as a strong supporter of the community. My heartfelt sympathy & condolences at this difficult time. Sincerely Rod Matthews

From: Lori & Ralph Schwengers
We are saddened to hear this news-sending our condolences to the family.


From: Patrick McManaman
Jim, Nicole, Melissa.  Laurie and families

Shocked and saddened to hear of Sharon's sudden passing.  Lots of great memories of school bus trips.

From: Petes Auto Body ball team
Thanks for the memories

From: Bruce and Yvonne Skinner
Jim Nicole and Melissa, our condolences on the passing of Sharon—The community knows it’s lost a great soul with a beautiful smile  and laugh—We enjoyed her stopping with Nicole and Melissa on most Halloween nights—she always took the time to say hi and have a good laugh with you May you find peace she is with her mom and dad now

From: James Anna Dykeman
Laurie, I am so very sorry and shocked to hear about your sister, Sharon.  The loss of a loved one is something that you have to "take" one day at a time and on your own terms.  I am thinking of your and Sharon's entire family and sending my deepest condolences.  Take care


From: Phil and Linda Carter
Jim and Family: We were so very sorry to hear of Sharon's sudden passing.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.  What a wonderful person.  We always got a wave and a big smile when she was driving the bus or were chatting in the village.  She will be missed.

From: Heather Irvine & Russ Hornseth
Laurie and family ... We are very sad to hear this news. Sharon was a great gal and always had a bright smile on her face. She will be much in the community. You are all in our thoughts in the days ahead. 


From: Mary and Samuel Mosier
We send our deepest condolences to all of Sharon's family. We are saddened to lose such a wonderful community member. 
From school trips and  the food booth at softball games and randomly meeting in the stores, she was always so friendly and outgoing. 
She will be sorely missed

From: Traci Blair and Family
I am so sorry to hear of Sharon's passing. I will miss her smile and her laugh. She was such a treasure and our whole community grieves with you. 

From: Dan, Fran and Robyn Pitt
We're shocked and saddened by the news of Sharon's passing. We'll always have fond memories of fun times at hockey and work.  Our deepest condolences to Jim, Nicole and Melissa.

From: Mac and Marilyn Taylor
We are so very sorry to hear of your loss.  Sharon made such an impact wherever she went.  We will sincerely miss her hearty laugh and big smile. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you.  RIP Sharon.


From: Ted and Heather Beirnes
So sad to hear about Sharon's passing. She was such a wonderful lady. Our sincere sympathy to you, Jim and family.

From: Heather Vokes
I’m so sorry to hear of Sharon’s passing. She often drove the bus for our Developmental Learning students and was so kind, patient and understanding with them. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

From: Karen, Doug Marshall and Family.
My deepest condolences to my cousins Laurie and Donna and their families at this time of sadness our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

From: Stephen Fair
My thoughts are with you, Jim and family during this hard time. Sharon has always been a joy to work with, she will be missed by all here at work.

From: Becky & Jeff Torrie
We were so shocked and  saddened to hear of Sharon's passing.  She was the type of person who would instantly cheer you whenever you met up with her.   The entire community will deeply feel her loss. Praying for you and your family

From: Rhonda and Jeff Mitchell
Laurie & Donna.. we are very sad to hear of the passing of your sister Sharon. Our deepest condolences to you both and your families

From: Kathy McKibbon
I’m so sad to hear of your incredible loss! I waved to Sharon almost every day, I’ll miss her beautiful smile 
Such sad news

From: Doug & Judy Edwards 
Jim, Nicole and Melissa- We were very sadden to learn of your loss.
Sharon will be VERY MUCH missed by the community and her family, human and furry. Will always remember her smile !
Our sincere sympathies on your loss. May you find solace in your memories and with each other.

From: Tj, Angela and the Next Level family
The world lost an amazing person when we lost Sharon this week. Jim, Nicole and Melissa we are so very sorry for your loss, Sharon will be missed by everyone that knew her. RIP Sharon 


From: Mrs Rhonda SA Delleman
We used to see Sharon at the arena and she was the bus driver for some of our foster kids.  She always had a smile and a kind word for everyone.  Our condolences go to the entire family with your loss.  Sharon leaves behind a big hole in so many hearts.

From: Owen Sound Lion's Twirlettes
We are so sad and shocked to hear of Sharon's passing !  All our children and families enjoyed when she was our bus driver.  Jim and girls take comfort knowing your wife/mom made a BIG difference in this world and touched so many hearts. The pain you are feeling will get easier in time but remember she was a wonderful person and you are all part of her................. We all will miss her so much.

From: Heather Mill
So sorry to hear this sad news of Sharon!   Can hardly believe it!!   We had a lot of fun together  in public school,  I was spending the night at her house and remember being jolted awake by her dad Walter's early morning trumpet practice, and Sharon slept through it!  So glad we connected just recently again and will always remember her beautiful smile and giggle!   Deepest condolences Jim and family!

From: Lisa & Chris Bradley
Our deepest condolences to Jim, & girls from our family. So sad to hear of Sharon’s passing, much too young. 


From: Glenn and Anne McCarthy
Glenn and I started going over our memories of Sharon last night and it took some time to get thru them all. She was so much fun and up for anything. The night she drove a whole bunch of crazy Chatty people to Nashville North for our first mystery bus tour and dropped the last rider off at 6:00 am the next morning was not something everyone would do but Sharon was up for it and what fun we had.
She warned me after she found out it was me walking to work on the highway that she was going to blow the horn when she passed me to make sure I was awake and she sure did and I sure was. Chatsworth knew that smile and her infectious laugh and tonight our little village is less one great gal. Safe travels Sharon, we'll miss you very much. I hope you're still smiling and laughing wherever you are.

From: Darlene Parker
I am so sorry Jim and family. I absolutely loved working with Sharon. She always had a smile on her face.

From: Vicky and Andy Strathy and Family
We are so sorry and in shock to hear of the recent passing of Sharon. She always had a smile on her face that was shared by everyone around her. She will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls.

From: Gary & Heather Stirling 
So very sorry to hear of Sharon’s passing. Her happy disposition and caring nature will be missed by all who knew her. Sincere condolences to the family.

From: Carol and Melv Deering
Jim, We are so sorry and shocked at Sharons sudden passing. I just loved her. She will  be greatly missed in our little village. She had such a love of life. Nicole, I feel so sad for you. You will miss your Mom so much. I'm sure you had lots of plans for doing things together in the future. I hope you will keep strong, I will pray for you. Melissa, I don't know you but I send my sincere sympathy.        Carol


From: Kim and Al Shuh
From all the kids who never forgot you and WILL never forget the “ best bus driver ever” Thank you for taking such good care of us and always making us feel safe, happy and loved. We are lucky to have had the pleasure of riding with you.  Rest In Peace, we love you

From: Doreen Peach
Our sincere condolences Jim and family, f
rom Doreen Peach and family


From: Ken & Karen Linner
It is with shock and great sadness that we read about Sharon’s passing. She was a positive light and we both have fond memories of her. Condolences to her whole family.

From: Cathie Locke
I am so very sorry to see this announcement. Sharon was lovely young woman taken from her loved ones way too soon. My condolences to you,  Jim, and the girls.

From: Lori and Bill Ransome
Jim and family our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sharon was a wonderful person who lit up any room she entered.  The kids on the bus just loved her, she took after her mom in that way.  The hurt will never go away but will get easier and easier as time goes by.  Please remember that just because she is not her in person she will be forever in all our hearts and you guys will always be a part of the Martins Family


From: Linda Murray
Dear Donna & family, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this very sad time.  So sorry for your loss Donna.

From: Doreen and Neil McKay
So very sorry !  Sending our most heartfelt sympathy to all of Sharon's family... such a sudden departure, at such a young age!  You are in our thoughts.


From:: Debbie Charlton
My deepest condolences to her family.  I will miss her waves as we passed by each other on route to the schools and the chats we had while on charters.  She had a warming smile accompanied with a little giggle.


From: Niki Ormsby 
Jim, I'm sorry to hear of Sharon's passing.  Please accept my condolences during this difficult time.  You are in my thoughts


From: Doug and Mary Stirling
Regardless of the situation we send our shock n heartfelt condolences to Jim, Nicole and Melissa at the loss of Sharon. No one should lose a wife n mother at such a young age with so much life to live n so much to look forward to. May u find strength and peace going forward.


From: Jennifer Stewart
To my dearest Melissa. I didn't meet your mother but i know she must been a awesome mother.She raised a loving ,caring and a beautiful soul daughter. My thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time in your life.   Melissa  I wish I was closer to give this message to you in person. Love you always, Jennnifer Stewart, former co worker and friend.


From: Sharon English Carbert
Taken from us far to soon 
For only the guy in the sky knows why
My condolence to the family 
One day at a time 


From: the Dubeau family
Words seem so inadequate to express our condolences to each of you.  We will all miss your dearly loved and one of a kind Sharon. We are very fortunate to have known her all these years and to have called her our friend.  XO


From: Kathy Sales
Sincerest condolences Jim and girls.  From our first meetings and chats behind Westhill to the many charters and other fun times we shared, I will cherish the memories of Sharon's love of life and cheerful and caring nature

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