Shirley Diane McCaffrey (née Clark)
Shirley passed away Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice in Kamloops after a courageous battle with cancer. Left to grieve her passing is her stepfather Keith Moore of Barriere, sister Lynne Piercy of Edmonton, step-brothers Gerry (Jan) Moore of Surrey, Gordie and Trevor Moore and step-sister Sherry (Phil) Braithwaite all of Kamloops, brother-in-law Jim Mills, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews across Canada. She is predeceased by her parents Eleanore Moore (nee Fensom), Jack Clark; her sister Kathy Mills; brother David Clark; and ex-husband Dan McCaffrey.
Shirley Diane Clark was born in Rosetown, Saskatchewan in 1958 and moved to Salmon Arm with the family in the early 60s. Shirley spent most of the her last 25 years in Kamloops. She worked as a Production Supervisor at Kamloops Today; and graphic designer at Kamloops Daily News, Valley Sentinel in Valemount, RIH print shop, Thompson Rivers University (TRU), The Echo, and her own company, Bear Dog Designs. In 2015 Shirley retired from TRU after 11 years and returned to working as a server; first at High Five Diner in Little Fort and finally at Scott’s Inn & Restaurant in Kamloops.
Shirley’s love of people and infectious sense of humour served her well in all aspects of her life. With her great smile, quick wit, huge heart and warm hugs, Shirley enjoyed many life-long friendships.
Her love of animals, especially dogs, informed much of her life. Besides enjoying her own beloved dogs—Bear, Buddy, Nikita and Harry Ha Ha—Shirley spent many years volunteering with the BCSPCA; volunteered with dog rescue in Louisiana following hurricane Katrina; and volunteered as a designer for Pilots and Paws, with her own rescue dog Harry Ha Ha becoming their adorable mascot. She volunteered for many other causes along the way including Canadian Wings of Rescue, wigs for cancer, Emergency Social Services (ESS) during local wildfire crises, Special Olympics and countless events at TRU to name a few.
The family would like to say a special thank you to the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice for their care and kindness to Shirley during her last days. Thank you also to Shirley’s friends Moneca, Jim & Jo Ann, Laura, Thelma, Kathryn, Murray, Scott’s Inn & Restaurant, the Kamloops Fraternal Order of Eagles and so many others for their help and support.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Shirley’s name may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, the BCSPCA or the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice.
A Celebration of Life will be announced later this spring.
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