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Thank You from The Geddes & Boyce Families

On behalf of the Geddes and Boyce families, we would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude for the outpouring of love and unwavering support from our community for Shirley Geddes during her brave and inspirational journey with pancreatic cancer. After Shirley was diagnosed in January 2020, friends, family and colleagues rallied around her and our entire family to help us navigate an incredibly difficult time. In spite of the pandemic, our community found a way to care for Shirley the way she cared for us; with compassion, kindness, and humour.

Our deepest gratitude to Shirley's dear friends who kept her spirits lifted and our fridge full. Every day there were cards, messages, videos or live performances in the driveway to surround us with love. There was also an abundance of fresh baked goods, gift certificates and flowers filling our home with joy; something Shirley did naturally her whole life.

A sincere thank you to Shirley's work family at the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital for holding your friend and colleague in your hearts and providing her with exceptional care both in and out of the hospital. It was easy to see that Shirley loved her job because of the people she worked with.

Thank you to the Cancer unit at Royal Victoria Hospital, Dr. Singh, and Dr. Clarke for helping our family access the best care and resources available during these challenging times. A special thank you to Dr. Janet Clarke for ensuring Shirley could receive as much care at home as possible and for her kind and reassuring manner which always put our minds at ease.

Our love and endless gratitude to Shirley's best friend and partner in crime, Lynn Metheral, who was beside Shirley every step of the way. In addition to providing her with exceptional medical care, Lynn ensured Shirley was always laughing and never in pain.

We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our friend and mentor Dr. Peter Savage for his lifelong care, support and guidance for our entire family. Shirley had great respect and admiration for Dr. Savage and always loved sharing a laugh or a piece of her famous lemon pie with him.

Shirley's farm family ensured her beloved horse Hugo received world class care during her illness and continues to do so now that she has passed. In addition to this beautiful promise, Mary Cook renamed her Farm ‘Firefly’ in honour of the nickname she gave Shirley. This thoughtful gesture will be cherished by our family for the rest of our lives. Special thank you to Steve & Shirley’s dear friend James McCauley for making monthly donations to support both Hugo and Firefly Farms.

Shirley wanted a Celebration of Life instead of a funeral. Given the limitations from the pandemic, our community stepped up and created an incredible virtual living celebration by sending over 7,000 messages, stories, videos and pictures that honoured Shirley's life and legacy. This outpouring of love allowed Shirley to spend her final days immersed in joy, laughter, tears and gratitude. This is more proof that Collingwood is a special place because of the people who live here. Because of you, Shirley had a farewell fit for an angel. Thank you.

We would like to thank Fawcett's Funeral Home for their exceptional care by helping our family honour Shirley's wishes of cremation and for their continued support as we navigate plans for a future Celebration once the restrictions have been lifted.

Shirley told her children to remember that ‘When you’re afraid and not sure how you will get through something, replace fear with gratitude. This will give you strength and help you be thankful for the beauty and blessings around you.’ Thank you for holding Shirley and our whole family in your hearts when we needed it most. We are eternally grateful.

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