Mrs. Shirley Jean Philippe

Birth date: November 4, 1949

Date of death: October 5, 2022


(nee Steeves) Of Rockland, Ontario, passed away on Wednesday October 5th 2022, at the age of 72.  Beloved wife of the late Raymond Philippe. Dear daughter of the late George Steeves and the late Eleanor McCormick.  Loving mother of Benoit (Kimberly). Cherished grandmother of Samuel and Etienne. Much loved sister of Grant Steeves (Brenda), Maureen Brown (Brian), Laura Niitof (Bill) and Dean Steeves (Pam). Wonderful Aunt to Kelley Demers, Ryan Steeves, Garett Brown, Aaron Brown, Bradley Steeves and Craig Steeves. Shirley will be fondly remembered by her in-laws, cousins and many dear and close friends and neighbours. Many thanks to Neurosurgery Civic Campus TOH for their kindness and support.

A Celebration of life will be held at the funeral home chapel on Sunday October 30th, 2022, at 11am. You may express your condolences to the family on Sunday before the celebration starting at 10 am at:


2419 Laurier Street

Rockland, Ont. 613-446-4691

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A Celebration of life will be held at the funeral home chapel on Sunday October 30th, 2022, at 11am. You may express your condolences to the family on Sunday before the celebration starting at 10 am at:


2419 Laurier Street
Rockland, Ont. 613-446-4691

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Marty and Jeannette Fitzpatrick 2022-11-03 11:47:18
Sending our heart felt condolences to our Steves' family cousins. Shirley will be greatly missed by us all.
Susan Campbell 2022-10-30 10:00:02
Dear Laura and Bill, I'm so sad for you at the loss of your big sister. Take care. Love Susie
Eleanor Lynne Furness 2022-10-30 09:14:48
To my dear cousins, we grieve with you today as you remember Shirley. May God comfort you . Doug and Lynne (Fitzpatrick) Furness
Therese Dufresne 2022-10-30 07:27:31
Our sincerest condolences go out to you and your family. May you find peace and comfort by cherishing your memories. Therese et Dominic
Richard Fisher 2022-10-29 17:46:46
Dear Shirley was my wife Linda's best friend for 58 years. She was/is a wonderful woman who is greatly missed and truly loved by all who came to know her. To Benoit, Maureen, Laura, Grant, Dean and your families, my sincere condolences during this difficult time in your lives-may Shirley rest peacefully after a life so well lived. Richard Fisher
Linda Thomas-Fisher 2022-10-28 22:38:08
In Memory of My Friend Shirley. I had a friend, a wonderful friend, who became my first friend I made when I moved to Ottawa and started at a new High school, Rideau High in Grade 9. That was over 58 yrs ago! We were Besties from the start. We loved the same things, cheer-leading, school plays and sports, gymnastics, dances, p.j. sleepovers, shopping and trying new styles and fashions and keep adding new adventures as we aged together. We married our high school sweethearts within a month of each other. We travelled together on some trips and cruises and even did some camping. Many funny stories to tell. We celebrated many B.D.'s together, as we were only 4 days apart as November B.D.'s. We watched our children and grandchildren grow into beautiful people and were always bragging to each other about how proud we were as mothers. There was never a doubt about our connection. We were always there for one another through anything life brought us, whether being good, bad, sad or just challenging. Everything was made easier and better having each other to count on unconditionally. Thank you Shirley for being my Bestie for most of our lives. I will miss you forever. Until we meet again - and we will in spirit! Much love, Linda Thinking dearly of Shirley's lovely family at this sad time. I thank you so much for allowing me to have such precious time (5 hrs) two days before she passed away peacefully. I sat by her nice and close and held her hand and talked to her and reminisced and got to tell her again how much she was loved and her eyes opened for about 5 minutes and I knew we connected in spirit. I have been sick with Covid this past week and will not be able to go on Sun. for her life celebration on Sunday. I'm very sad about that but it can't be helped. My prayers are with all of you Ben, Etienne, Samuel, Grant, Maureen, Laura and Dean and extended family members too. Have a party after - She loved a good party and will be there in spirit.
Mary Dendur 2022-10-28 16:39:38
My sincerest condolences to Shirley's family and friends. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I first met Shirley when I worked with her at the National Research Council. She was the first person there to welcome me with open arms. My son Kellen and I became close friends with Shirley and Ray. We shared many happy times with them. My forever friend Shirley will be dearly missed. Many friends come into our lives, but only a few leave with their footprints on our hearts.
Joyce Menzies 2022-10-27 18:26:27
To Shirley’s family - My sincere condolences to you. No one has the perfect words to make your sadness go away but may you find comfort in knowing that her life was well lived. I met Shirley years ago through my husband Ray Butland. They were longtime colleagues at NRC. They shared many, many laughs and good times. Throughout the years I got to know Shirley and Ray. Shirley was very kind to me when my husband died and I tried to reciprocate when her Ray passed away. Such is life…I value our time together and am so pleased to have shared special moments with her. Rest in peace, dear Shirley.
Claude & Linda Séguin 2022-10-26 09:01:26
Dear Benoit and family, Our deepest condolences to all of you. Our thoughts are with you. Your mom is a fabulous women. Claude and Linda Séguin and all of the team at Séguin Cabinets
Julie Bertrand 2022-10-26 08:49:27
Nos sincères sympathies à kim ben samuel et etienne. Julie et Al
Ron and Paulette Sharp 2022-10-25 01:10:24
Shirley was a very special friend. She was a creative beautiful person with an amazing heart! Always smiling, always positive. We spent many hours drinking coffee and laughing. I will miss her so much! My heart is so sad! Gone too soon! My condolences to her family and friends! Our thoughts and prayers are with her family who loved her so much! Much love, Shirley! ? Ron and Paulette Sharp
Judy Juneau 2022-10-24 10:32:21
Shirley was the one who first hired me at NRC. She was great to work with. Always professional but easy to laugh. A very caring person. My condolences to the family. Judy Juneau
Albert Pitt 2022-10-22 23:12:01
Our sincere condolences go out to all of Shirley’s family. Shirley and Ray were our neighbours for over 25 years. You couldn't ask for nicer people. They were always helpful and would go out of there way for you. Shirley will be sincerely missed Ab & Joanne Pitt Jessica, Jordan and Abby
Andrea Smith 2022-10-22 10:39:10
Our heartfelt condolences to all of Shirley’s family. She was such a dear lifelong friend to our Mom, Linda. Over the decades, they supported each other through all of life’s chapters and we, as the kids, fondly remember Shirley’s positivity, her laugh and her supportive presence. This includes the fun shenanigans at Linda’s 60th birthday where they dressed up in full rock star costumes and performed air bands on the stage. More recently , at Linda’s 70th, Shirley composed a special rhyming tribute to share with crowd that reflected on their long friendship. She will be sadly missed by all who were lucky enough to know her.♥️ Andrea & family
Betty & Peter Matte 2022-10-21 20:42:08
Our sincere condolences go out to all of Shirley’s family. We have fond memories of curling with Shirley and Ray, years ago at the Cumberland Curling Club.
Louise and Richard Labrosse 2022-10-20 13:59:51
Our condolences to the family
Alison 2022-10-18 20:13:38
I miss you my friend xx