Shirley Mates

Shirley Ellenor Mates (McGregor)

April 16th, 1931 - May 14th, 2020
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Passed away, peacefully, with her loving sons by her side, on Thursday, May 14th, 2020 at Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital, Shirley Ellenor (McGregor) Mates, at the age of 89. Born in Renfrew, Ontario to the late Thomas McGregor and late former Violet (Wilcox) McGregor. Born and raised in the Ottawa Valley, she spent her entire life raising her 3 boys with her beloved husband Ret. RCR Major Wm. G. Mates Sr. C.D. (July 10, 2004). Shirley was heavily involved with church activities and events while sharing her faith.

Shirley is survived by her much-loved sons Bill Mates (Virginia), of Tillsonburg and Tom Mates (Catherine), of Brighton. Lovingly remembered by her four grandchildren Willie (Christina), Ryan, Michael, Colin and by a special great-granddaughter Isabella. Predeceased by her son Barry Ian Mates (1976) and by her siblings Allan (Thelma) McGregor, Lois (Allan LeBlanc), Jeannie (John Moore), Gord McGregor (survived by wife Iona, of Renfrew), and by an infant brother Gary McGregor. She will be dearly missed by many close friends and by her church family.

In keeping with Shirley’s expressed wishes, cremation has taken place. A future family graveside service to celebrate and honour Shirley’s Life will be held in the McGregor Family Plot of Haley Union Cemetery, in Haley Station, Ontario in September 2020. Memorial donations to the “Pathfinder Christian Fellowship” would be gratefully acknowledged by the family and can be made through the Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes- Burial and Cremation Services Inc., Tillsonburg (519-842-4238), entrusted with all arrangements.
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    Haley Cemetery
    1005 Calvin Road
    Haley Station, Ontario
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    A future family graveside service to celebrate and honour Shirley’s Life will be held in the McGregor Family Plot of Haley Union Cemetery, in Haley Station, Ontario in September 2020.


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Cheryl Lundrigan

Posted at 01:17pm
I am sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I have so many fond memories of her and of your family at the little BME church in Woodstock back in the 1960's and early 70's.
She was always such a kind person to me.
My condolences,
Cheryl Barnes-Lundrigan

Colleen Garlick Posted at 01:07pm

Aunt Shirley will always be remembered with the fondest of memories. I'd like to think that she will be reunited with all her brothers and sisters and Barry and Uncle Bill in the great beyond. Hugs to all of you for your loss. Colleen (McGregor) Garlick.

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