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Shirley Durant  (nee  Williams), Urgel Bourgie / Athos

Shirley Durant (nee Williams)
1933 - 2020

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Shirley Durant (nee Williams)
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September 6th 1933 - October 8th 2020

It is with great sadness to share that Shirley passed away at the age of 87, peacefully at home on Thursday, October 8th 2020. She is survived by her devoted husband Marcus of 64 beautiful years. Shirley was a beloved mother to Marcella-Lynne (Carl) and Sheryl. She will be lovingly remembered by her grandchildren.

Shirley was a woman of faith, she lived every day with joy and passion. Her loving, gracious spirit and incredible generosity touched the hearts of so many. Her wonderful sense of humour and infectious laugh will forever be remembered. Shirley will be profoundly missed by all who knew her.

A heartfelt thank you to the many devoted family members for their unwavering support and assistance. The family would like to thank Dr. Magdy Zoghby and Kathleen Gale for their dedication, as well as the doctors and medical team of C9 at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Premier Home Care and the LaSalle CLSC care team.

A private funeral and graveside service will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada or the Rev. Dr. Charles Este Scholarship Fund, Union United Church.

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Messages in memory of Shirley Durant (nee Williams)

La Vern Mahomed
October 22, 2020
My condolences to Marcus Durant and family.
Gina-Mai Simmons & Audley Coley
October 21, 2020
Our deepest sympathy & sincere condolences to Mr. Durant and family. May Mrs. Durant forever R.I.P.
Natalie Collins (Rogers)
October 21, 2020
Marci and Cheryl I want to Express my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your mother. She will be greatly missed but always be remembered as one of the "Great-Strong-Black" mothers of Montreal.
Lynette Daley
October 20, 2020
Shirley Durant, No words to describe the gratitude for the many years of caring. Every Sunday School lesson that was shared, the Love of God was shared. Thank You Shirley Durant. My Condolences to Marcus Durant, and all the Family.
Marie Gibson
October 19, 2020
Marcus and family... My Condolences in the loss of Shirley... I have such great memories of the parties and all the laughter we used to have back in the day... Listening to your family speak about her during the service, she was truly loved and will surely be missed... God Bless you all... Marie Gibson and family
Jackey Goodridge
October 18, 2020
To Marcus, Marcia, Sheryl, Debbie and family. Tony and I send our deepest condolences. Shirley was a fun loving person. She will be greatly missed.
Anna Rockhead
October 17, 2020
Dear Shuz, time does not alter memories. We spent our teenage years together, with lots of laughter, and fun. Years passed by and we always remained close. We have seen our families grow together. We have lived through incredible loss — of our siblings and our parents and supported each other throughout our entire lives. We will meet again dear Shuz. Until then may God keep you in his loving arms. The Rockhead Family will miss you.
Carlita Thompson
October 17, 2020
My deepest condolences to Marcus and family. Shirley was a very warm and nice person. May she rest in peace. God Bless.
Florence McLean
October 17, 2020
My deepest condolences to Marcus and his family. Shirley was a wonderful woman and she will be greatly missed. May she Rest In Peace
Ruth Ambris
October 17, 2020
On behalf of my family and myself i offer my sincere condolences. She was a gentle soul. May she rest in peace
Terry Mcgimpsey
October 17, 2020
Please accept my condolences Marcus and family. I have wonderful memories of Shirley. R.I.P
Leith Hamilton
October 17, 2020
Sincere condolences to Marcus and the family. Blessings always
Gary & Marilyn Collins
October 17, 2020
Our deepest and sincere condolences go out to Matcus and his family. May you get some peace knowing your beloved Shirley is resting easier now.
Faith Fraser
October 17, 2020
On behalf of the Fraser McLean family, We send our deepest condolences to you and your family.
Douglas Chandler
October 16, 2020
On behalf of the Chandler Family please accept our deepest condolences to the Durant Family our thoughts and prayers are with you all your mom was a great lady
Carol Green
October 16, 2020
Oh my dear Marcus.. On behave of the Green family please accept our heart-felt condolences on the loss of your beloved wife. Our love and prayers are with you. God bless you.
Ken Knight & Family (Barbados)
October 16, 2020
To Marcus and family expressing our profound condolences on the passing of Shirley. We will always remember Shirley for her graciousness, kindness and welcoming personality. What a lovely person who will be deeply be missed. May she rest in peace.
Denise Este
October 16, 2020
My heartfelt condolences to your family.
Percy & Huguette Bourne
October 16, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to your family
Cynthia & Charles Este
October 16, 2020
Our Sincere & Heartfelt Condolences to Marcus, Sheryl, Marcie, Debbie and your extended Family. Shirley was a Beautiful Soul & she will be missed and never forgotten. May she be resting in peace. Cynthia & Charles
Rev.Bill & Mrs.Carol Jay
October 16, 2020
We are saddened to learn of Shirley's passing, yet thankful for the end of her suffering. Shirley was devoted both to her family and to her church community at Union United. Her radiant personality lifted the spirits of all who knew her. Just she has been lovingly surrounded by the care of Marcus and her family through these past days, we trust that she is now forever in the loving care of the Risen One.
Yvonne Greer
October 15, 2020
I am so privileged to have been Shirley Williams Durant's Sunday School mentee, to have known a woman whose beauty was so much more than skin deep, whose grace to this day continues to embrace me and whose kindness has been a guiding light to me from pre-adolescence until today. I am forever grateful for the influence she has had on my life and her gentle smile will never fade from my memory. To Marcus, Marcella-Lynne, Sheryl, grandchildren, nieces and nephews my sincere condolences for your great loss.
Lorna Hoyte
October 15, 2020
Condolences to Marcus and family on the passing of Shirley. She was a friendly person, always greet you with a smile. Shirley will be missed by many. Remember not to mourn as those without hope, for our hope lies in Christ Jesus. May her soul rest in peace and rise in glory.
Andrea Yearwood & Mervyn Weekes
October 15, 2020
Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the Durant Family. Although your hearts are aching, please take some comfort in knowing that Shirley was so loved and admired by so many including me. I truly can say that I love Shirley. She was so much fun to be around and I will always treasure fond memories of her as our choir chaperone back in the day. Such elegance, regalness and what I now have come to know as “agape” love were the qualities that Shirley taught. These qualities I have had the pleasure of witnessing through her daughters Marcia, Sheryl and Deb as well. Marcus, Marcia, Sheryl and Debbie - you are all truly blessed to have this special angel guide you and love you! Shirley will now be loving you from a different angle and with the same intensity. To God be the glory! With love, Andrea & Mervyn
Carmen Alleyne
October 15, 2020
Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to Marcus, Marcie, Sheryl, Debra and family, on the passing of our dear friend Shirley. May you find strength and comfort in the happy memories. May God bless and keep you at this difficult time. Much love. Carmen, Jeff Alleyne and family.
Kimble Sherwood
October 15, 2020
It is with great sadness on the passing of Shirley Durant, I extend my prayers to the family. May God console you during this difficult time.
Faye Corbin
October 14, 2020
My condolences to Marcus, Sheryl, Marcie and family. Shirley was a wonderful person who was always willing to listen. We had great conversations while waiting for the bus. She was loved and will be missed. Faye, Anne and Nicole Corbin
Kelley Irwin
October 14, 2020
To Debra and your family, you shared so many stories of your wonderful mother and the love and lessons she gave to you. I am sorry for your loss, but warmed to know the blessing you had all these years from such a giving, caring woman. May she Rest In Peace and love.
Gloria Diggs
October 14, 2020
My deepest heartfelt sympathy to the Durant family. Ms Shirley was a beautiful person and will be remembered by many. May she rest in eternal peace.
Sheila and Gunter Pettkus
October 14, 2020
Our heartfelt condolences to Marcus and family on the passing of our dear friend Shirley. Our thoughts & prayers are with you at this very sad time. She will be dearly missed. Rest In Peace, Shirley. God Bless.
Debra Christmas
October 14, 2020
To my beautiful mother, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you gave me and the world. Your huge heart and wonderful spirit will never be forgotten. You showed everyone who came in your path what love, kindness, compassion looked like. You were a gentle soul who tried to do good in the world, one person at a time. I know you did not have to take me as your own and you changed the trajectory of your life and your family with that incredible act of generosity. You taught me so many things. Lessons I will carry with me for my entire life. I have passed on the many gifts of your wonderful self to my children so your legacy will live on in them. I am so sad that you will not meet your beautiful great-granddaughter about to be born in ten weeks. I will ensure she knows who you were in every way I can. From the bottom of my heart, although I cannot say goodbye to you as I had hoped, I will love you til my dying breath. I cherish you. I thank you for the life you so graciously gave me. Love you to the moon and back. May your soul be at peace now. May the tears disappear. May the sadness you held in your heart for the problems you could not fix be lifted. The many burdens you carried are now gone. Celebrate your next life with your parents and your siblings. They have missed you. Love your daughter, Debbie-Deb
Victoria and Douglas Smith
October 14, 2020
Debra Durant-Christmas has been our friend for 40 years. During that time we had the honour of meeting her mother Shirley, the matriarch of the family and Deb's charming sisters Sheryl and Marci. Shirley seemed happiest surrounded by family and friends, especial her loving brother Ronnie Williams and his family. Shirely was always the shining star at these events and we will all miss her very much.
Marlene (Keeling) Letourneau
October 14, 2020
Sorry to hear of the loss of Shirley. She will be missed.
Sharon Whims
October 14, 2020
My earliest memories of Mrs. Durant are as my Sunday school teacher at Union United. She didn't just teach us, she helped in our personal lives too as a mentor. I will always remember her smile and her laugh, infectious. Such a beautiful woman. My deepest and sincere sympathy to Mr. Durant and the family for the loss of their jewel. Much love
Rickey Daley
October 14, 2020
My Idols. They came from Little Burgundy when it was called the West End. They strived to be a beacon of light from our community. Mrs Durant was always warm and approaching. Mr Durant is tough when you first met him but could warm up quickly. His stories of the old neighbourhood and his encouragement to buy property was key to me, making a better situation for my family. Thank you and [email protected] Bless.
Sybil Tabb
October 14, 2020
My deepest sympathy & sincere condolences to Marcus and family. May Shirley forever R.I.P. Sybil Tabb & Family.
Ethel McLaughlin
October 14, 2020
My condolences to you all, Marcus, Marsey, Sheryl and Debra and family. Shirley was such a beautiful woman inside and out. I have happy memories of the times in her presence. She will be missed. Thinking of you all during this difficult time. Hugs,
Rev. Dr. Frank B. Gabourel
October 14, 2020
Shirley was more than a friend, she was my friend, my confidante , my fellow minister. She was the person who made Union Church work while I was there for 12 wonderful years. We shared our joys and our triumphs, we shared our times when we felt the weight of things that came our way. She was that tower that stood tall. ans anchored us in faith, the Faith that does not disappoint. We remained in touch for over 40; years. Rest In Peace dear friend. We will meet on that beautiful shore.
Charlotte Calver
October 14, 2020
Condolences to the family. Always enjoyed being with Shirley.she was a lovely person. Charlotte and Rick Calver
Laurie De Paola
October 14, 2020
Dear Marcus and family, my heartfelt condolences on the passing of Shirley. Shirley was a beautiful woman inside and out. O know that you will find strength and comfort in all the wonderful memories you shared today. Praying Our Lord will sustain you all at this difficult time. Laurie De Paola and Wayne Thomas

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