After a brief but courageous battle with Glioblastoma, it is with sadness but with peace that we announce the passing of Shirley Muriel (Burnham) Banks, on October 2, 2021. Shirley passed away peacefully at home in the arms of her loving husband. Shirley was born in Hampton, NB on November 10, 1945, the beloved daughter of the late Bill and Muriel (McKenzie) Burnham.
She was the loving wife of 26 years to her husband, David Banks. David and Shirley were the couple admired by all, a true testament to what love is all about. Dedicated, vulnerable, open, trusting, loving and committed. True happiness and a true love story. One of Shirley’s greatest joys was that her and Dave were able to help a lot of couples put joy back in to their own relationships.
Shirley worked for Investors Group as a very successful Financial Planner for many years, retiring at the age of 65. Shirley broke many glass ceilings during her career being a woman and made several long-lasting friendships that to this day are bounded by respect, trust and love.
Shirley lived a life of tremendous faith. It was that faith that created her guiding principals. Shirley loved the Lord and spent a great part of her life living a total faith-based lifestyle. She was a wonderful person with a very kind heart. She opened her home and her heart to all, including several of her daughters’ friends during difficult teenage years. She made people feel calm and helped them to know that whatever the situation, it would all work out. She treated people with trust and respect and they gave it back to her in return.
Shirley inspired people. She made you want to hold yourself to a higher standard. No one ever wanted to disappoint her. Shirley was her authentic self in the world; she never judged anyone and that made people want to stay near her. When Shirley spoke, she meant what she said.
Shirley and her siblings had a bond like no others. They were there for each other, always. They stuck together through thick and thin, shared a lifetime of moments good or bad that no matter what, they were united. A true testament of unconditional love.
Shirley is survived by her daughters, Tara and Chelsea Smith; stepdaughters, Lisa (Sameer) Paranjpe, Laura (Corey) Mosher and Elizabeth Banks; grandchildren, McKenzie Magee, Rohan and Nikhil Paranjpe; brother, Jim (Judy) Burnham; sister, Elizabeth McLennan; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Nancy Georgina.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fundy Funeral Home, 230 Westmorland Road (646-2424) where visitation will be held on Wednesday from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm. A Celebration of Shirley’s Life will be held from the Fundy Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, October 7. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the celebration will be by invitation only. To attend the funeral, government regulations require that proof of vaccination and Government-issued ID be shown. For those who wish, donations made in Shirley’s memory to Compassion Canada or the charity of the donor’s choice would be appreciated by her family. Those unable to attend the service can watch it at the following link: https://view.oneroomstreaming.com/authorise.php?k=1633367424140409
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