Shirley Conley

Shirley Constance Conley

Saturday, August 1st, 1925 - Sunday, March 14th, 2021
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Shirley C. Conley

95, died Sunday, March 14th 2021. Born in Windsor, N.S. in 1925, she was the daughter of Clarence and Josephine Haley (best parents ever). Predeceased by her husband, Don, sister, Ruby, brothers Alan and Earl, she is survived by her sons, David (Nancy), Kevin (Patsy), granddaughters, Tess (Kat) and Samantha. Shirley moved to Truro in 1947 where she and Ruby helped open radio station CKCL. She met her husband, Don at that time. Later they moved to Sydney and had two sons, David and Kevin. From there they moved to New Glasgow (met friend Audrey) and then Bedford where she lived for 52 wonderful years. After Don’s passing, Shirley worked as a real estate agent for 23 years. Shirley belonged to Bedford United Church where she was an elder and on the Board of Stewards. Later she became a member of the Fireside Unit (what a joy). She loved playing bridge with her bridge partner of 42 years, Ann Macvicar, and made many lifelong friends through various bridge clubs. Shirley was a member of the Bedford Seniors and Bedford Horticultural Clubs. Special thanks to Ruth Jay for her friendship and kindness over the years.

She loved her granddaughters but her sons, David and Kevin, were her life.

The above was written by our mother; it demonstrates her typical no nonsense approach to life. The fact is she was the best mother, mother-in-law and grandmother anyone could have. When our father died, he left a young family. Mom became a single parent in the true sense of the word and went from stay at home mother to full time working parent in a flash. As teenage boys we were blissfully unaware of the daily challenges she faced. Shirley provided us with a safe place to land and we always felt loved. This love was extended to our expanded families. Losing her is heartbreaking. We take comfort knowing she is going to be with our father, the true love of her life, along with her siblings and parents.

Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Shirley’s life will be held for family and friends at a date to be announced.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ronald A. Walker Funeral Homes, Tantallon. On-line condolences and inquiries may be directed to
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Margaret MacDonald

Posted at 03:12pm
Extending sincere sympathies to David, Kevin and family.
You can only have one mother,
patient, kind and true.
No other soul in all the world
will be the same to you.
When problems did befall
'Mom' would always give her all.
For her loving support
she asked nothing in return.
As we look at her picture,
sweet memories we recall,
of a face so full of sunshine
and a smile for one and all.
Dear God, take our message
to our dear 'Mom' above.
Tell her we miss her
and send her all our love. Margaret MacDonald ( Basinview colleague)

Deanna McSween

Posted at 01:01pm
I was so sad to hear of Shirley's passing from my parents yesterday. I have very fond memories of visiting her home on Shore Drive as a child - especially her kitchen with the beautiful view of the water. She and Grammie McSween were so stylish with their homes and their wardrobe (especially at Christmas) and were so close. She loved all of you very much and I wish you peace and comfort at this difficult time.

janet McMillan

Posted at 12:05pm
David and Kevin,
My mother, Aidan and I want to send our warmest condolences. Shirley was a good friend to my mother for many years and they shared much laughter and memories. They were neighbors both on Campbell Dr. and Shore Dr. and it wasn't a Bedford Christmas without Christmas Eve chowder at Shirley's. She was a friend to my father as well, and may have even beaten Dad at Bridge once or twice!
Your Mom was a Bedford icon and her contributions to the church and Bedford community were many. I will remember her forthright and genuine nature with great fondness. She was always generous and kind to our family and it is with sadness that I write this, but know that Shirley will always remain in our hearts.

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Posted at 11:39am
David and Kevin and Family, Mom, Aidan and I want to send our sincere condolences.
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Kathy Steen

Posted at 03:29am
David and family so sorry to read of your mother’s passing. Shirley was a wonderful Bedford neighbour and I have great memories of our chats over the years. The world is a little smaller. Sincere condolences. Kathy Steen

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