First Baptist Church Halifax extends sincere sympathy to the family and friends of the late Shirley E. Robertson who died on December 13, 2013.
ROBERTSON, Shirley E. of Halifax, passed away peacefully at home on December 13, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. Born April 19, 1926, to Fred and Gladys Barnstead, Shirley was a lifelong resident of Halifax. Married to the love of her life, the late George B. Robertson, QC, in 1950, they had a wonderful life together. Following the adoption of their chosen children, Gordon, Margaret, and Alan Reed, they had four daughters, 11 grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. Their daughters include Heather (Larry Corrigan), (Robert, Scott, Andrea); Cynthia (Stanley Strug), (Ryan, Daniel, Rachel); Judy (Steve Kempton), (Stephanie, Marine); Janet (Stephen Aftanas), (Jennifer, Stuart, Matthew). Shirley had a passion for life, and her home was a welcoming and nurturing haven for her cherished family and friends. An accomplished and award-winning photographer, earning her a Master of Photographic Arts, Shirley authored the book, Borrowed Light, which includes some of her beautiful nature photographs and quotes that held great meaning to her. Active in the community, Shirley was the driving force behind the Veterans’ Garden at Camp Hill Veterans’ Memorial Building, QEII. This is a garden where veterans can enjoy the beauty of nature, the sound of water from the fountain, and it is a place of solace. For her efforts, Shirley received the Veterans Affairs Commendation in 2004. Shirley served as Chair of the Women’s Division of the United Way and on the Board of the Halifax Children’s Aid Society. She was also a director of the Maritime Professional Photographers Association and active in the Liberal Party of Canada. Following George’s retirement from the Board of Directors of Loblaw Companies Limited, Shirley was asked to serve on the Board and enjoyed the professional and personal relationships that ensued. Shirley and George travelled the world and had experiences that her family will always remember: Shirley in Africa in a hot air balloon over the savannah, in Egypt at the Pyramids riding a camel, flying over the North Pole, visiting the Great Wall, soaking in the warm sun of the Caribbean, and many others that have been documented by the masterful use of her camera. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. Frank Lovely for his friendship and support. Our thanks also extend to Shirley’s close friends and to her former caregiver, Betty England. One of the first residents of Parkland at the Gardens, Shirley was so happy living there and truly appreciated the outstanding care and companionship she received from the staff. Shirley loved the art classes, live music, singing and dancing, and was the life of the party. Shirley will remain in her daughters’ hearts forever and we feel blessed to have had such incredible parents. Shirley would always tell us she had a wonderful life and we will celebrate her in First Baptist Church, 1300 Oxford St., on Saturday, December 21, at 2:30 p.m. A reception will follow in Parkland at the Gardens, 5732 College St. A private family committal for Shirley will take place in Bridgewater prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Veterans’ Memorial Garden, c/o QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, 1276 South Park St., Room 1-040, Centennial Building, Halifax, NS B3H 2Y9. On-line condolences and memories may be sent to : firstname.lastname@example.org