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January 25, 1921 - November 26, 2015
Win passed away peacefully at the age of 94 years on Thursday, November 26, 2015. She was the wife of the late Cameron Stirling; daughter of Frank and Ethel (Clark) Pearson; and, sister of Dorothy (Scaldwell) Hunt. She will forever be present in spirit with her children, John Stirling, Susan Hudecki (Leon), and Wendy Dyson (Bruce Wilkinson); has been an inspiration to granddaughters, Nicole (deceased), Shayna, Amanda, and Kiera; and, will be upheld as an example to her three great-granddaughters, Janine, Zoë, and Claire. Win was raised in Dundas, Ontario, where she met her husband, Cam, when she was 5. They were married in 1943 and settled in St. Thomas, Ontario. After Cam’s death in 1963, she raised their three young children on her own. Win was a dedicated mother who supported her children throughout their lives in whatever endeavours they pursued. She loved animals and over the years had an assortment of pets including dogs, cats, hamsters, rabbits and parakeets. Many strays (including two baby squirrels) found a loving home when they found their way to Win’s door. Win was a strong, independent woman with a keen mind who prided herself on working in what was then considered a “man’s job”, as a linotype operator. She worked at the Tillsonburg News and later at the St. Thomas Times Journal. After her retirement, she moved back to her childhood home in Dundas, where she joined the Geritol Follies as a dancer, performing for 8 years. Throughout her life she enjoyed dance lessons in Highland, tap, ballet, ice dancing, ballroom, Hawaiian, clogging, and jazz. She was renowned in the family for having performed a tap dance on roller skates. The daughter of a seamstress, Win ensured that she, her children, and her grandchildren sported an extensive wardrobe. Many people were recipients of her handicrafts, the most remarkable being tatted handkerchiefs. Win’s love for travel took her to numerous destinations in Canada, the United States, England, and Scotland. She also took both a Caribbean and an Alaskan cruise. Win struggled with dementia for a number of years, but through it all maintained her strong will and her sense of humour. The family especially thanks Trish Pritchard, who with her dog Ms. Freckles, has been Win’s companion and friend through some difficult times. For the past 6 years, staff in all areas of St. Peter’s Residence have been outstanding caregivers and made Win’s final days peaceful. Our family also recognizes Leon Hudecki, who provided so much support to Win over the years. He really does deserve the title of “Favourite Son-In-Law”, although Win would never tell him that. Cremation has taken place, with a private internment to occur at a later date. A reception will be held by the family on Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the DODSWORTH and BROWN Funeral Home ANCASTER CHAPEL 378 Wilson St. E., Ancaster, ON (905-648-3852). In lieu of flowers, Win requested that donations be made to Friends of the Aviary in Hamilton; the SPCA; or, your favourite charity. Online condolences available at www.dbancaster.ca