Shirley Midlane Larose was born on January 22, 1944 and lived a meaningful life until her passing on October 22, 2020 after almost two decades of perseverance with lung cancer. Predeceased by her mother and father,
Shirley leaves behind her loving husband of 47 years, Alain, children Andre (Rachel), Stefan (Catherine), and Joseph, and grandchildren Scarlet, Juliet, Zofia and Hugo. Her sister in England, Ann (Steve), whom she shared weekly chats for years, and her family - children Daniel (Beccy) and Chantelle and grandnephew Eric - also grieve her loss.
Born in Bolton, England, she pursued a career as a Lab Technician which brought her at one point to Dubai. Shirley's adventurous spirit also took her to Vancouver in the early 70's- this was intended to be a short stay before travelling onward to Australia; however, she met a dashing young man, her life partner Alain, at a party she attended with her friend Judy and this changed her life course. Raising three boys in Coquitlam, Shirley and Alain created a cohesive family life including annual camping trips to Furry Creek, holiday family gatherings with the Rothery's, and providing a home for her son's friends to stop by and visit regularly.
Shirley retired early from her career when her health worsened, however this did not stop her and Alain from actively cruising and travelling often multiple times a year until 2019. Shirley was known for her talents in
gardening and sewing (actively attending garden clubs in two municipalities for years), was an avid arm-chair tennis critic, a pug-lover, a star apple crumble maker, and in healthier times loved to host friends and family for drinks at their home. Although outnumbered by the men in her family, Shirley held her own and taught her
family the importance of fairness and determination.
A service will be held at a later date to be determined. Please see weblink for more personalized details for Shirley. *In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the BC Cancer Foundation. A special thank you to her oncologist, Dr. Sasha Smiljanic, who provided exemplary care.
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