It is with heavy hearts and sadness that we inform you of the passing of our dear friend and longtime member Cay Shedden. Cay will be remembered for her strength, perseverance and dedication to all of those around her. As a champion for her son John, and all people who have an intellectual disability, Cay helped to bring immense change to the developmental services sector over the years. Cay’s spirit will remain with us as we continue our work and creating a society where everyone belongs.
To celebrate Cay’s life, please join us at the McEachnie Funeral Home, 28 Old Kingston Rd. in Ajax on Wednesday April 26, 2017 at 12 noon. Visitation will be at the same location Tuesday April 25, 2017 at 2-4pm and 7-9pm. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations to Community Living Toronto in Cay’s memory.
Here is the obituary from the Toronto Star:
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Cay Shedden dear wife to Jim Shedden of almost 62 years, a wonderful mother to Brian and his spouse Cheryl, John (predeceased) and Margaret and her husband Rodney, grandmother (Eric, Laura, Michael, Katie, Taylor and Holly), great-grandmother, (Brianna, Charlotte and Audrey), sister (Pat Millard) and kind-hearted friend to many. Elizabeth Cay Shedden (nee Colquhoun) was born in Toronto on June 19, 1934. Cay quickly learned that volunteering brought her the most joy in life. As a young girl Cay knit socks for soldiers, she became an innovative Sunday School Teacher and then Superintendent of the Sunday School Dept. at Kimbourne Park United Church. After having her son John, Cay soon became an advocate for children and adults with profound intellectual challenges. She paved the way for inclusive community based programs and permanent and proper funding. Two of her biggest achievements were closing the Huronia Centre Institution in Orillia and Project 81; a number of group homes for adults like John and a day program that would provide life skills and socialization. Her involvement in Community Living Toronto, Ontario and Canada kept her very busy. She thrived as a public speaker and when dealing with politicians. Cay was a always helping others and carried socks, winter coats, mittens and fresh juice in her trunk that she would share with a group of homeless individuals who resided on the DVP. After her Community Living meetings she would stop at the side of the road with no fear and hand out whatever she had.
The last 2.5 years Cay and Jim called Chartwell Retirement Residence home and Cay loved her new suite which was decorated with all of her own favourite things. She suffered from Alzheimer’s the last little while but was lovingly cared for by her selfless husband, the staff at Chartwell and the CCAC palliative team and the most dedicate doctor; Richard Fischer.
Please join us in a celebration of life at McEachnie Funeral Home 28 Old Kingston Rd Ajax on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 12 noon. Visitation will be at the same location Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Community Living Toronto.
McEachnie Funeral Home
28 Old Kingston Road Ajax, ON L1T 2Z7
Published in the Toronto Star on Apr. 23, 2017