Anne Shuttleworth

Anne Shuttleworth, age 88, passed away peacefully on February 18, 2022 in Sooke, BC with her family close by. This last year has been hard for Anne as she lost many loved ones: her husband, Doug and her only brother, Chris; and sister-in-law Jill.

Anne was born on October 23, 1933 in York, England. After graduating from medical school in London, England, she emigrated to Calgary in her mid-twenties. Anne met her first husband Graham Shuttleworth on the field hockey pitch. While raising 3 children she completed her Pathology specialty at the University of Alberta. Anne worked as a pathologist at several hospitals in Calgary and Edmonton and finished her career in the private sector at Calgary Diagnostic Labs. She held executive positions on many professional associations including the Red Cross and the Canadian Association of Pathologists.

Aside from being a busy professional, Anne was an avid gardener, an amazing cook and baker and was part of a Gourmet dinner club. Her love of language had her playing scrabble, other boardgames, doing cryptic crosswords, and working as a literacy volunteer. Other volunteer work included baking for bake sales and being a brownie/guide leader.

A few years before she retired, she married Doug Asp and that created a wonderful blended family. Anne had three children, Carol (Ted), Mike and Madeleine (Chris) and Doug had three children, Donna (Hugh), Kathy (Don) and Barbara (Greg). Between Anne and Doug, they had ten grandchildren. Anne’s grandchildren included Robin, Madeleine, Aiden, Aleisia and Sean. Doug’s grandchildren included Laura, Andy, Pam, Bruce and Heather. Anne and Doug invited each of the grandchildren to spend time with them every year in Victoria, even as adults. All of Anne’s extended family remained in England but she did become best friends with a couple from Britain who also emigrated to Canada in their twenties. Tony and Elizabeth Greaves became her “family” in Canada and like an uncle and aunt to Anne’s children.

Anne was loved by many for lots of reasons but her children meant everything to her. A leader in her time, our Mum thought people could do anything they set their mind to. She was highly ethical, empathetic and always put others first. Mum was a caring, thoughtful and giving person. She was very meticulous and organized with a wicked sense of humour. In fact, Mum said to Mike a few days before she passed away “Mike, do you think it’s black suit time?” with a wry smile.

The Celebration of Anne’s Life is to be announced. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Ayre Manor (the compassionate long term care home Anne lived in) OR the Parkinson Society of British Columbia

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  1. Tony and Elizabeth

    We hope that happy memories of your Mum will comfort and sustain you through this sad and difficult time.

  2. Ted and june clarke

    I considered Anne a dear friend for 60 years. I will miss her. So sorry for your loss

  3. Maureen Rooney

    I have so many happy memories of your dear mom. (From age 10-18 Carol and I lived at each other’s houses) All the sleepovers, all the family dinners, will stay in my heart forever as will the amazing trip to California and BC!
    I love you guys and send the three of you all my love. God comfort you at this very sad time. 💙

  4. I’ll always remember Anne with love and gratitude. I am truly sorry for your loss.

  5. MaryAnne Perdek

    Maddie…your Mom sounds like a remarkable woman, and she has raised a wonderful daughter. My condolences to you and your family. May her soul find eternal rest.

  6. Teresa Paugh-Heintz

    To all of Anne’s family and friends. I am so sorry and my heart goes out to you.

    Loss is one of the hardest events to endure in life but along with that comes the greatest gift of all, and that is the opportunity to be loved back. If we did not put ourselves in the position to be loved we would not have all the wonderful memories we created with Anne.

    Her memories are what we have to take with us moving forward, and with those will keep her eternal light bright and strong. Write those memories down, share them, and keep them close to your heart for those are the greatest gift she gave to you.

    Teresa Paugh-Heintz

  7. Barbara Waskiewich

    Anne was always so hospitable to my family, and loving to my children. She was very welcoming to my sisters and me on our annual sister’s weekends to Victoria, opening up her home and keeping us well fed and entertained. Sheesh, 3 step daughters invading her space all at once!
    Whenever I see a rhododendron (or is it an azalea? ) , I will think of Anne fondly, and hear her voice in my head.
    She will not be forgotten!
    Heartfelt condolences to Madeleine, Mike and Carol

  8. I have many happy memories of Anne — taking us camping when we were in girl guides, arranging amazing Christmas dinners in Calgary, complete with firecrackers and silly hats that we all had to wear, and having a great time at raucous gourmet club dinners. I will always be grateful to her and her family for taking us in when I toppled our family travel plans by rupturing my spleen. Our families were close and I extend my heartfelt condolences.

  9. Many of my memories of Anne revolve around good food and flowers. She could identify more flowers at Butchart Gardens than the rest of my family combined. Someday I hope I will make home made soup like Anne did. Anne introduced me to Christmas fruit cake and cheese. Such a good combination.
    Anne was a fabulous grandma for my daughter.
    I am glad Anne was part of my life.
    Heart felt condolences to Carol, Madeleine, Mike and their familes.

  10. Remembering Anne

    It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of Anne and I want to extend my deepest sympathies to her family who have lost a loving mother and grandmother. I first met Anne in the summer of1954 and we have maintained our friendship ever since despite having the width of the Atlantic and the American continent between us.
    Anne and I met at a small hotel in north Devon, England, where we were engaged in what was then called a “vac job”; Anne was the waitress and I was one of two chambermaids. The other being another close friend, Ruth. On Anne’s weekly half day off, either Ruth or I took over her waitress duties. We were all three undergraduates, Anne as a medical student at St Bartholemew’s Hospital (Barts) in London and Ruth and I at the University of Bristol. I was studying Law and also to qualify as a barrister which meant that I had to attend Gray’s inn in London four times a year. Anne had a bed-sitting room in London and after that, when I went to Gray’s Inn I slept overnight with Anne. She had a divan which we split into two beds.
    I continued to live in Bristol after qualification, was called to the bar, married and had my first baby, a boy called Christopher, in 1958. Just before Anne left for Calgary to carry out her hospital year there, Anne visited me at Long Ashton and we spent the day visiting the Cheddar caves. We did not know at that time that Canada would be her permanent home.
    After I settled with my husband Desmond and our three children in Durham (in 1967), Anne came to stay on her visits to her Father and Aunt who lived close by in York. We continued to meet when opportunity allowed; I remember a meeting in Somerset, England , in 1969, when we were both married with children and the two families had fish and chips in the City of Wells. During one of these stays, Anne proposed that we come to Canada which we did for the first time, in 1990.
    This was followed by regular trips both ways, as Anne brought her grandchildren to visit scenes of her childhood in York and the sights of London. I was very happy to meet Robin, Aleysia, Sean and Madeleine. On one of these visits, with Robin, I also entertained Margaret Zemek, Robin and Madeleines’ other grandmother; as, by now, I had grandchildren of my own, this was quite a gathering of grandmothers.
    My last visit to Canada was in the autumn of 2011 and in 2019 I was very happy to receive a visit from Mike and Aidan. Aidan was fairly reluctant to go to Durham’s famous cathedral but he cheered up when he discovered that there was a Lego model of the cathedral on display and that afterwards he could have a burger while Mike and I had the traditional fish and chips.
    When the complications of the Covid Pandemic meant that Anne had to leave her home, we set up a telephone rota and for nearly two years we have spoken to each other weekly. How I shall miss Anne and I shall miss those calls, but nothing can take away our shared memories.

  11. My memories of Anne. She was very dedicated to becoming a doctor from a very young girl after sadly losing her Mum to cancer and she did!! She loved debating on many subjects, loved the English language and very knowledgeable on history. Enjoyed cooking, was always there for all family supporting at all times. A great friend for over 70 years and many very fond memories .

  12. Anne was a wonderful tutor at Literacy Victoria for many years and supported several people in their learning journey. You could always rely on her whether you needed an extra pair of hands or for her to provide the correct way to spell a word. With her dry sense of humour and slightly mischievous look, you couldn’t help but smile and agree with her. She was a lovely lady and she cared about others.

  13. I will always cherish the fond memories I have of your Mom.
    Anne was a grandmother to me (I’m one of Doug’s grandkids).
    I will always remember Anne as being the ‘fun one’, the one who organised all of the fun activities for us, the one who cooked us delicious meals, the one who entertained us in their beautiful home, and the one who always had a quick wit and wonderful sense of humour.
    Anne taught me many things and our time spent together was always exciting and never dull.
    I will miss her greatly.
    Take care,
    Pam Forrester

  14. Hayley and I had the pleasure of spending time with Anne at Ayre Manor. We work in the activity department and part of our job is to get the residents involved in activities. Anne spire headed getting us all involved in the game of monopoly, she was a fierce player and loved the challenge of buying up properties. Anne is missed at Ayre Manor and our games of monopoly are not the same with out her. Anne was friend to many at Ayre. Rest in peace kind Anne. Nathalie and Hayley

  15. Anne was a great step mom. She was a wonderful companion for Dad. She provided a great home and fantastic hospitality to my husband and me and my children and step children. She introduced Dad and ultimately our family to cryptic crosswords and I think of her whenever we work on one.
    She will be truly missed.

  16. I have two very personal memories of Anne I wanted to share which made me feel how empathetic she was.
    First, she understood my preference for baths – I was 9, trying to have my first shower (in Banff, I think) but panicked; Anne understood that it felt like I was drowning and explained this (and my hysterical reaction) to non-comprehending realtives.
    Next, I was tripping over my own feet during the first dance at my wedding – Anne saw how distressed I was and got up with Doug to join me and by being the first, she allowed others to join in despite convention – in front of over 100 people, she broke convention for the sake of my wellbeing.
    I will sorely miss a powerful icon to hard work, honest engagement with problems, open communication and freely-given support that keeps faith in the ability of the world to endure.

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