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Born: Jan 19, 1934

Date of Passing: Jan 11, 2022

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January 19, 1934 – January 11, 2022

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our loving mother on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, just shy of her 88th birthday at Markham Stouffville Hospital.
Noreen was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Sadie Adams and stepfather Mason Faulkerson, sister June Blake and sister-in-law Margaret Adams. She leaves to mourn, her three loving children, Laura (Bill), Ian (Dale) and Colin (Sharon); nine grandchildren, Reid (Mandy), Brendan (Whitney), Jaclyn (Bryan), Brent, Brooke, Geoff (Isabel), Erin (Robin), Kathleen (Anton) and Brittany Craik-Reid. Noreen (GG) was truly blessed to have nine great-grandchildren, Bentley, Lily, Emily, Briar, Adam, Liam, Owen, Ella and Lucas. She will be dearly missed by her siblings, Robert, Jeannie, Josephine and all of her nieces and nephews.
Noreen was born and raised in Burlington, Ontario and later moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba after being swept off her feet and proposed to by the love of her life, Dave Reid, in Lindsay, Ontario whom she married in 1954. They resided in Fort Garry and raised their three children. Noreen was quite a seamstress sewing most of her and Laura's wardrobes over the years. We believe that she invented the racing suits that the downhill skiier's wore. Colourful, skin tight, state of the art suits that were crafted for Ian and Colin. She was active in bowling, golfing, curling and bridge. Later in life bridge became the primary activity and social life for both Noreen and Dave. They travelled the world including a trip back to their families' original homesteads in Ireland, Scotland and England. Other destinations included Bahrain in the Persian Gulf, Venezuela, Australia and New Zealand, France and several winters in Fort Myers, Florida and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Summers were spent at her beloved cottage at Victoria Beach, Manitoba with family. They remained in Manitoba for over 20 years until Dave's job brought them back to Ontario in 1973. Due to the very unique community at Victoria Beach she continued to return each summer for close to 60 years. This truly was her "Happy Place"!
Noreen was a true animal lover! She grew up with animals of all kinds and was completely and totally dedicated to her dog and cat, Smokey and Abby who were so much a part of the family. Noreen donated to The Toronto Humane Society on an annual basis.
Noreen will be remembered as a loving mother who was devoted to her children, grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, loving every moment that she spent with them.
The onset of dementia in 2017 found her residing in assisted living at Amica, Swan Lake and later at Sunrise in Unionville before moving to long term care at Bethany Lodge. A very special mention to Cathy, a PSW at Amica who was a very dedicated caregiver and a true friend to Noreen.
Prior to moving to long term care Noreen was in transitional care at Markham Stouffville Hospital for a period of five months which kept her safe and cared for during some of the Covid times before moving to long term care at Bethany Lodge. Thanks to Cecily, Miranda and all the staff for their dedication and support during her stay. Thank you to the doctors and nurses at the hospital for their constant communication and compassionate care throughout. Comforting words from palliative care nurse Andrea will always be remembered…

"The angels are coming and they will only come when she is comfortable and peaceful so as not to have a troublesome journey to heaven". May she be reunited with her loves, Dave, Smokey and Abby.

Due to Covid restrictions a memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to consider a donation in Noreen's memory to The Toronto Humane Society or a charity or your choice.

Condolences can be left at the
Kane Jerrett Thornhill website.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 20, 2022

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • To Laura, Ian, Colin and families: I’m very sorry for your loss of your mother. I have really fond memories of your parents (my godparents) and the visits they had with my mom and dad (David and Betty Shearer), both in Winnipeg and occasionally at Victoria Beach. They were always really kind to me, and your mom often sent me presents on birthdays. One summer when I was working at Hecla Island, I went to visit your folks at their cottage…we had a great meal together, including your mom’s Saskatoon berry pie! Later, your mom thoughtfully visited with my parents as my mom was developing dementia, and she was kind enough to come to my dad’s funeral in 2013. I admired her for continuing to trek out to Victoria Beach…our family had our cottage on the other side of the lake for 50+ years and also really love that part of the world. I don’t remember the last time I spoke with your mom, but every time I did, she was always kind, curious and engaged. I will miss her. How great to see the legacy of memories and a large family that she has left. Thinking of you all. Doug Shearer and family, Steveston, BC - Posted by: Doug Shearer (God Son) on: Jan 26, 2022

  • I fondly remember the laughter and joy when Noreen and Dave visited my parents, Betty and Dave Shearer at home or at our cottage in Ponemah. More recently, when our Dave was in hospital and after he passed, Noreen would visit Betty in assisted living and send me emails with cheery anecdotes and memories to support our family during those tough years. I always enjoyed our phone calls too. She was a vibrant and charming lady and all our family are sad to hear of your loss. - Posted by: Catherine Shearer (Family friend) on: Jan 25, 2022

  • Noreen was a great neighbor and friend at Victoria Beach for many years. I remember her and Dave sitting under their umbrella at Connaught Beach doing the Free Press crossword puzzle. I also remember Noreen making popsicles and bringing them down to the beach to hand out to all the children. She is sorely missed by many people. - Posted by: Margaret Owen (Neighbor) on: Jan 22, 2022

  • Noreen and Dave were one of the first couples that I met when I bought my cottage in 1997. I had frequent visits on their deck and can still hear Noreen’s infectious laugh. I missed seeing her this past summer. I am very happy to see that the cottage has remained in the family. My condolences to the whole family. - Posted by: Laurie Reade (Neighbor at Victoria Beach) on: Jan 21, 2022

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