Shirley Kurchina

Obituary of Shirley Jane Kurchina

In Loving Memory of

Shirley Jane Kurchina



Our dear mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and great aunt passed away at the age of 84 in the South Shore Regional Hospital in Bridgewater on April 17, 2022. Shirley was born in Middleton, Nova Scotia, on July 31, 1937. 


She will be dearly missed by her children Paul (Erin), Susan (Mark), Michael (Kelly) and Todd and by her grandchildren Braeden and Tyler Kurchina, Kurtis and Taylor Stone, Matthew and Steven Kurchina, and Kristen (Jake) Lintack, and Lydia, Adria, and Deanna Kurchina. She is also survived by three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.  She also be dearly missed by her great Uncle Harley Frank, Aunt Dara Best and extended family in Nova Scotia. 


She leaves behind her sister Diane Babcock (Ron (predeceased)), sisters-in-law Marjorie McGill (Saville (predeceased)), Helen (John) Alaksa and Kristine (Joe) Renda. 


Shirley was predeceased by her loving husband of 58 years, Emil. She was also predeceased by her father Stanley McGill, mother Vivian, brother Saville, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Mary and Rudy Migay. 


An avid reader with an empathetic and loving personality, Shirley was a natural caregiver at heart. She became a registered nurse but put that career aside to raise four children (including twins). Shirley devoted her life to her family, whether it was spending time in the kitchen creating delicious food, hosting sleepovers for grandchildren, or making time for long chats on the phone. “Do onto others as you would have them do to you” was her mantra, and she was true to this way of thinking. Her signature flair for style and warm and caring smile will be fondly remembered.


Thank you to the staff at Ridgewood Assisted Living and as well as Dr Timothy Riding for all of their compassion and professional care over the past four years.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Sweeny’s Funeral Home, 35 York Street, Bridgewater.  At the family’s request, there will be no visitation or service at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Kidney Foundation of Canada would be appreciated.  Online condolences and donations may be made by visiting