Shirley Patterson

Shirley Irene Patterson (Firby)

December 31st, 1951 - April 16th, 2020
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Passed away, peacefully, surrounded by loving family members, at her late Brownsville Residence, on April 16th, 2020, Shirley Irene (Firby) Patterson, at the age of 68. Shirley was born in Tillsonburg, Ontario to the late Don Firby and late former Phylis Conner. Predeceased by her beloved husband of 27 years, Ray Malcom Patterson (May 13, 2008). Shirley will be remembered for her 20 years of employment with Moffat and Powell in Tillsonburg, retiring in October 2018. Shirley loved to bowl throughout her younger years and has always been an avid baseball fan, keeping close tabs and closely following the Toronto Blue Jays. Shirley will be dearly missed by her much loved daughters Melissa Patterson (Dean Masson), of La Salette and Dawn Patterson (Jonathan Hurley), of Straffordville. Special grandma to her three grandsons Dean Masson Jr., Logan Masson and Jackson Hurley. Survived by her brother Ken Firby (Mary Lynn), of Aylmer and predeceased by her brother Pete Firby (survived by wife Velma, of Port Burwell). Shirley will be remembered by special friends Carolyn, Phil Oxley and Ken, Lorraine Watters.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a private family visitation and funeral service will take place in the Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes- Burial and Cremation Services Inc. Chapel, 262 Broadway Street, Tillsonburg, by Rev. Pat Cook, of St. Paul’s United Church, Tillsonburg. On Shirley’s tribute page (at, relatives, former neighbours and friends are invited to share their favourite photos, memories, express condolences or make memorial donations in honour of Shirley to “Heart and Stroke” through the Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes (519-842-4238), entrusted with all funeral arrangements. A Public Celebration of Life will be held later with details to be announced in the future.
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Service Details

  • Private Family Funeral Service

    Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes - Burial and Cremation Services Inc.
    262 Broadway Street
    Tillsonburg, Ontario N4G 3R7
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    Rev. Pat Cook
  • Interment

    Delmer Cemetery (New)
    312242 Dereham Line
    Delmer, Ontario
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    Private Family Interment.


Donations are being accepted for: HEART AND STROKE FOUNDATION OF ONTARIO.


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Jena Dely

Posted at 04:45pm
Dawn & Family, I am sending my most heartfelt condolences to you all. I was deeply saddened to hear the passing of your Mom. I know my grandparents enjoyed having such great neighbours in Brownsville for so many years! It was just a few months ago, that I was shopping in London with my Nana when we bumped into your Mom. She was smiling and always so sincere. Sending my love, Jena Dely.

Sherrie and Brad Holcombe

Posted at 12:23pm
Melissa, Dawn and family - Brad and I are so sorry to hear about your mom passing. We have fond memories of her whether it was playing baseball in Brownsville, sharing stories around a campfire or visiting at the lumber yard. She was a wonderful lady and will be greatly missed. Take Care

Leslie Pettinger

Posted at 03:52pm
Melissa & Dawn & families....your moms beautiful smile will always be remembered. She was such a kind soul! Now there are two beautiful angels watching over your families from above...your mom with your dad. Great people;)
In time..May all your memories of them always make you smile and warm your hearts. We wish you much strength and peace in this difficult time.
Sincerely, Leslie Pettinger & Family xoxox

John Lamont

Posted at 10:54am
I am deeply saddened by the news of Shirley's passing. While working at Moffatt and Powell for 5 years together, I respected Shirley's work ethic, friendly manners and competency. Shirley was always cheerful and more than willing to go out of her way to help all of us. My deepest condolences to her family. John Lamont and family

Fishysdolphins@icloud .com

Posted at 06:48pm
To the Patterson family and Melissa and dawn , our thoughts go out to you all in this sad time , so sorry for you loss , Shirley was an amazing women and great value to us and our family , she will be Sadly missed by our friendship ... rip dear friend ... love always to you all .. John , Diane , Peter , Chris , rob and Brenda .. the fish family xoxo

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