Gladwell, Shirley - Shirley's life ended on November 29. She was the beloved wife of Bob and cherished mother of Sarah. Predeceased by her parents, Gladys and William Waite. Shirley will be missed by her brother, Bill (Mississauga) and brother-in-law Raymond (Shirley) and an extensive coterie of friends. Shirley was a dedicated teacher-librarian with the Thames Valley School Board and a strong advocate for the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation. She also devoted several years to the heritage movement in London as a volunteer with the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario. Her personal interests included gardening, professional baseball (especially the Yankees) and travel. She was an accomplished pianist and enjoyed jazz and classical music in particular. She loved reading and shared her passion for mysteries. No matter what the occasion, she was always impeccably dressed. Bob and Sarah express their gratitude to our friends who shared their love and compassion with Shirley during her final years. Special thanks to the exceptional nursing and support staff at Highview Residences. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will take place at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond, on Friday, Dec. 7 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. A Celebration of her life will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2:00 pm followed by a reception. Despite Shirley's love of flowers, she would prefer that her friends consider a donation to the Alzheimer's Society of Canada, the Women's Community House, or the VON.
Frances & Michael Miller
December 1, 2012, 12:41 pm
our thoughts are with you -
December 1, 2012, 2:05 pm
As a former Beck student (59-64), I would like to extend my condolences to Mr. Gladwell, whom I greatly admired.
December 1, 2012, 3:18 pm
On behalf of the Singh Family in Saint John and Halifax we extend our deepest condolences to Sarah and Bob. Shirley was a wonderful lady indeed.
Jennifer & Ryan Dunn
December 1, 2012, 5:14 pm
She was such wonderful lady, she will very much be missed. Thinking of you.
December 1, 2012, 5:16 pm
Sincerest condolences Mr. Gladwell...we have all lost a wonderful lady...
December 1, 2012, 6:42 pm
I have fond memories of Miss Waite and Mr Gladwell as respected teachers at Beck and as a lovely couple who I encountered numerous times over the years around the city. A lyric from a favorite Beck anthem comes to mind... "No man is an island, no man stands alone, each man's joy is to me, each man's grief is my own". All Beck alumni share your grief Mr. Gladwell.
December 1, 2012, 9:28 pm
Dear Mr Gladwell
It is with sadness that we read of Mrs. Gladwell's passing. Dedicated teachers are a precious gift. Sympathy to you and your daughter on your loss.
December 2, 2012, 9:56 am
Shirley (yes, we called her Shirley quite often, even in class) was possibly my favourite high school teacher. She was my home room teacher, 11A, and I have often thought of her over the years. Her classes were never boring and often a lot of fun. The fun was generally not related to the work but maybe that's what made it exciting to be in her class. The fun never got in the way of my learning; in fact, I think it helped. It's sad that she's gone.
December 2, 2012, 12:11 pm
Dear Bob [Mr. Gladwell] My deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences on your loss. rest in peace Miss Waite [Mrs Gladwell] Terry Provost
December 2, 2012, 12:58 pm
Shirley was a superb teacher. In grade 10 at Beck, dressed impeccably in red sweater and skirt, black stilleto heels, she took me aside after class to reflect poignantly that I could be a far better student, certainly a higher achiever. She did so with class and dignity and it was a kindness I never forgot.
Dr. Bruce Hart
December 2, 2012, 10:13 pm
I did not know Shirley, but I am sure Robert Gladwell was a history teacher of mine at Wheable S.S. in the late 1960's. My condolences.
December 2, 2012, 11:02 pm
My late wife Sharon would want me to say how very much she appreciated Shirley's professionalism, her support and her friendship. We have all lost a valued colleague and Federation member.
December 3, 2012, 8:31 am
Hi Robert. I had Shirley as a teacher at Beck and a colleague at Laurier.or Montcalm. She was always happy and positive and a lot of fun....and a credit to the teaching profession. She will be missed.
December 4, 2012, 10:02 am
Sarah and your Dad,
I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers are being sent for you and your family during this difficult time. God bless my friend.
December 3, 2012, 11:21 pm
Sarah & Mr. Gladwell, I am very sorry for your loss. May fond memories of her help you rejoice in her spirit and gifts during this difficult time.
December 5, 2012, 4:40 pm
Sarah, we will never be able to forget your mother, as she will always be in our heart. I will pray to almighty to give you and your Dad the courage, support and strength to over come the situation. You’ve lost someone who was a special part of your family. May you all find comfort in each other and in all the deep concern that comes to you today.
December 4, 2012, 8:19 am
To Sarah and her Dad: my deepest condolences. All of us here at work are thinking of you Sarah.
December 4, 2012, 9:01 am
Robert, Sarah and Bill -
Please accept our deepest sympathy in the loss of Shirley. How well we remember her and her parents as wonderful next-door neighbours on Donegal Drive! Our caring thoughts are with you. Bill & Norma Clare
December 6, 2012, 6:07 pm
Je t'envoie mes plus sincères sympathies. Je pense à toi. Je suis ici pour t'aider si tu as besoin de moi. Téléphone-moi quand tu reviens à Saint John.