Gold, Shirley J. (nee Piper)

(later Shirley Hamilton)

Nov. 6, 1926 – Feb. 15, 2013

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, Shirley, on Friday, February 15, 2013, with her family by her side. She was predeceased by her parents; her sister, Catherine; her first husband and the father of her children, James Seggie Gold; and her second husband, William Thomas Hamilton. Shirley is survived by her four children, Robert (Linda), Anne (Donald MacMillan), Barbara (Paul) Peachey, and David (Tracey) and her six grandchildren, Erik, Jamie, Cassandra, Mark, Shannon, and Alan.

Shirley was the younger of two children born to Joseph and May Piper in Nanaimo. She spent her childhood mainly in Nanaimo with carefree summers at the family property at Piper’s Lagoon. She became a teacher and taught in School District #68 her entire career. She married Jim Gold and raised four children at the family home on Windsor Avenue. Large family dinners were a favourite time, and she actively supported her children’s involvement in sports and various other activities. In later years, Shirley especially cherished time spent with her grandchildren and also enjoyed playing the piano, knitting, reading, and travelling. She was devoted to her family and will be dearly missed by many.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at First Memorial Funeral Services at 1720 Bowen Road, Nanaimo. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation in Shirley’s memory.

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