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Shirley “Lory” Loreen Knight

Shirley “Lory” Loreen Knight, age 89 years, passed away peacefully on September 8, 2018 in her home with family by her side.

Lory was born to Jim and Mildred Simpson on October 14, 1928 in Mount Dennis, Ontario. She spent her childhood in Northern Quebec and Ontario. She attended the Toronto East General Hospital where she graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1949. While in training, Lory met her soulmate Jim, while caring for his mother. Jim and Lory were married in Toronto in 1952 and moved to Thunder Bay in 1967. Lory worked for the Port Arthur General Hospital for many years and later at Grandview Lodge. Following retirement, she volunteered at Hospice Northwest for eleven years. Lory was a member of Lakeview Presbyterian Church.

Throughout her life, she enjoyed camping at Quetico, picking blueberries, travelling and enjoying quality time with family and friends. Lory became known for making beautiful cards with wildflowers that she collected and pressed. Lory was a true caregiver and always put the needs of others first. She loved her family and cherished her friends.

Lory leaves her three caring and supportive daughters, whom she loved dearly and for whom she had great respect: Patricia, Nancy and Sandra (Mike). She was also very close to cousins who were like sisters, Joanne Martin, Jo Steeves and Jeanrae Stackhouse. Lory also had a large family of good friends for whom she was very grateful.

Lory was predeceased by her husband Jim in 2001, her parents many years ago, as well as a sister in infancy.

Special thanks to Dr. K. Simpson, Dr. Hassan and Dr. Ramchander for the excellent compassionate care during her lengthy illness. Lory and her family are sincerely grateful for the loving care and support by staff at Sister Leila Greco, where she spent the last year and a half of her life. 

Cremation has taken place, and a celebration of Lory’s life will be held on Monday, September 17, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Harbourview Funeral Centre, presided by Rev. Susan Mattinson of Lakeview Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, for those who wish, donations may be made to the Underground Gym and Youth Centre, or a charity of choice.

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