Daughter of Hubert and Gwladys Wallace, Shirley is survived by her husband Eric, with whom she spent 58 glorious years.  Shirley is also survived by her daughter Shelley, son Shane, daughter Lani, and son Wallace.  Shirley loved her 8 grandchildren and her 3 great-grandchildren.

During her younger days, Shirley enjoyed her many athletic activities which included water skiing on one ski, contest-winning swimming, and golfing.  Shirley’s kind and gracious personality and fabulous smile endeared her to all she met.

During their many happy years of marriage, Shirley and Eric jointly hosted countless receptions and parties, for a variety of community causes and charities with special emphasis on young students in the musical arts.  During the two years of Eric’s Presidency of the Canadian Real Estate Association, Shirley and Eric travelled and visited every nook and corner of Canada.  For thirty four years, Shirley was Eric’s First Mate on the motor yacht Shellani, crossing Queen Charlotte Sound and pursuing their piscatorial pursuits annually in Hakai Pass.

Shirley is also survived by her kind and caring Caregiver, Samita, and two adorable Westies, Tessa and Haly.

Please, no flowers or letters but Shirley would appreciate donations to the Eric and Shirley Charman Bursary Fund for young students at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.

There will be a Celebration of Shirley’s Life at the Victoria Conservatory of Music on Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 at 1:30 pm.  We suggest early arrival as parking in that area is scarce and difficult.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens


  • Carmen Pringle

    To the family….My most heartfelt condolences on the loss of a wife, mother and grandmother…
    Shirley was a lovely, caring person…always had a contagious smile.
    She will be missed.

  • Graham

    A very gracious person indeed. This gardener thanks you for those pleasant coffee breaks (extra strong). And on behalf of my mother too.

  • Maureen Thomson

    So sad to hear that Shirley has passed.
    Thinking of you and the family.

  • Dale and Julia Marshall

    Eric and family: We are so sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing and we know she will be missed by so many. My parents had many good memories of your early years together in Real Estate and Julia and I enjoyed our chance encounter and dinner with you both so many years ago in Maui. Take care my friend.

  • wayne jones

    Dear Eric Please except our deepest condolences Shirley always welcomed me to Donnington,during our many endeavors with a smile and a warm welcome Truly a lovely lady Regards Pam and Wayne Jones

  • Joyce and John

    Dear Eric
    Having departed Victoria some years before Shirley caught your eye I never had any great opportunity to get to know her as an individual so my memory of you is as a couple. My parents fondness of Hubie and Gladys is etched in my memory from those early days and no doubt accounts in large part for the esteem held by Joyce and I for them and for you and Shirley.
    Whenever we got together it was clear that you two were a team and a complimentary one at that. We heard a great deal about your kindness and generosity and only regret that our interaction with Shirley was largely limited to grand occasions. My parents were more fortunate and we are aware of the high regard they had for both of you.

  • Marcus Handman

    Dear Eric,
    I am so sorry that I will not be able to attend the service for Shirley tomorrow as we are out of country. But please be aware that our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. I will follow up with more personal condolences when I return.

  • Maria Dominelli

    Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Shirley will be remembered fondly by all whom she touched as a warm, caring and beautiful woman. We send our best wishes that you find comfort in wonderful memories she enveloped you with.
    Maria & Dan

  • Brian Wiese

    Dear Eric,

    It was with deep sadness to hear of the passing of Shirley. On behalf of the Town of Qualicum Beach Council, staff, and all the residents of our community, I want to express our sympathy and condolences to you.

    She was determined to work with you and others to advance community causes and charities with an emphasis on our youth’s musical arts. We will miss Shirley at the annual Victoria Symphony performances at our Civic Centre, where she graciously made everyone she met feel comfortable in her presence. Shirley and yourself effectively helped create a lasting legacy for young students at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.

    I feel how weak anything I might say must be right now, but we want you to know how much we appreciate Shirley and your commitments to our Christmas season in Qualicum Beach for the past 27 years – making our community a more enjoyable place to call home.

    It is our prayer that our Heavenly Father will comfort you and your family, and leave you with the cherished memories of Shirley.

    Yours sincerely and respectfully,

  • Ian and Shirley Barbour

    Such a sad loss to our community .Shirley’s warmth and charming personality never wavered .
    Condolences to Eric and all of the family .

  • Neil Rawnsley

    Eric, so sorry to read of Shirley’s passing. My condolences to you and your family. My parents shared many good times and memories with you and Shirley starting with your Jaycee days. She was a warm and wonderful lady.

  • Paul & Heidi Stenner

    We are saddened by the passing of Shirley and would like to offer our heartfelt condolences at this time.
    A wonderful lady, full of life and a stalwart figure in our community; she will be dearly missed by family and friends.

    Paul & Heidi

  • Laura Walsh

    Dear Eric – Deepest sympathies..yours and Shirley’s was a one-of-a-kind love story and partnership..may many good memories provide solace in your sorrow

  • Mike Wagnell

    Mike and Sheala Wagnell

    Our deepest sympathy to you Eric, and your Family. I am personally so glad we met and had a chat with you and Shirley so very recently at The Chalet.

  • Donna Curtis

    Eric, no one will ever forget the gracious Shirley, whether hosting an intimate dinner party in the kitchen or a huge garden party. We all have fond and happy memories of the two of you at Donnington raising money for some good cause or another!
    I send warm thoughts of sympathy to you and all your family at this time.

  • Stuart and Alanna Holroyd

    The Charman family
    So very sorry to hear this.
    Shirley was such a gracious host, but a far better neighbour.
    Understanding and generally concerned of how everyone was doing.
    Will miss her calls to come jump the fence to join a celebration.

  • Eileen and Dave Goudy

    We were saddened to learn of your mother’s passing. Our
    condolences to you and your family.
    Dave and Eileen Goudy

  • Ron Wilson

    You had good times together, sharing and enjoying things that were of specific interest to you both. Eric you are in my thoughts and we are wishing you strength and fortitude now and onwards. Stay well,
    Ronnie and Colleen Wilson

  • David Corey

    Eric, on behalf of the Directors, Members and staff of the Victoria Real Estate Board, please accept our sincerest condolences. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Murray Holmes

    Dear Eric and family. I was sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing.She was a kind and wonderful lady.

  • Charles Locker & Donald Whalen

    To Eric and all the Family

    Our deepest condolences of our dear friend Shirley. We will miss our dinner gatherings and all the fun and happy times together.

    We will cherish these memories forever!

    Our thoughts are with you all at this time.

  • Brian Gingell

    So sorry to hear the news Eric. She was a lovely lady.

  • alison partridge

    Thinking of you Eric. Shirley was special and will not be forgotten. Lots of love.

  • Bev and Pam Highton

    Dear Eric and Family.
    Pam and I were truly saddened to learn of Shirley’s passing. We have many fond memories of the happy and interesting times we had together. We recall the fund raising events the you and Shirley organized.
    Shirley was always gracious and the consummate hostess.
    We remember with fondness the many Real Estate functions that we attended together.
    We extend our most sincere condolences to you and the family at this most difficult time

  • Mark Appleton


    We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Her smile and the sound of her laughter will be greatly missed by those of us left. Our community has lost a piece of its foundation, which will never be replaced.

    Our thoughts are with you during this difficult period.

    Mark & Daphne

  • Herb and Margaret LeRoy

    Eric and Family,

    Margaret and I were very saddened to hear of Shirley’s passing. We very much admired her and always enjoyed being in her company.

    The world now seems a bit smaller without her presence. Please accept our sympathies.

  • John Wilson

    Eric, My deepest condolences from the Wilson family to you my friend. All our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.

  • Roger Hemeon

    Dear Eric: A note to say how sorry we were to learn of Shirley,s passing in the paper today. Know she will greatly missed by not only by you and your family but by a great many Victorians who know of her and her contributions to the community over a long period. Our thoughts will be with you in the coming days and we send our deepest sympathy and regret to you and your family. Sincerely Roger&Sally Hemeon

  • Steven Seltzer

    Eric, our deepest condolences from the Our Place family to yours.

  • Bob Wheaton

    She was a great lady and and never failed to make one feel special with her great smile and friendly manner. Condolences, Eric. Take care. Bob Wheaton

  • Christopher Wallace

    Memories of Aunt Shirley are many and very happy. She was always so sweet and so interested in how you were really doing. Such a caring person with a terrific sense of humour! Eric and cousins, my thoughts are with you.

  • Michael donegani

    Auntie Shirley will be missed but not forgotten in the tales to my family, going back to Hubie, GeeGee and Yogi and Pepper by salt water pool. Shirley and Nancy can have their birthday party together again.
    Condolences and love for you all

  • John S. Wallace

    To Eric, Shelly, Shane, Lani and Wallace:

    Aunt Shirley was a delightful woman who was kind, had a good sense of humor and she was a great aunt. Also, she was a good friend to many, including me.

    I will miss her and cherish my many good memories of her.

    My thoughts are with you all.

  • Marilyn Pattison

    I am so sorry to learn of your loss, Eric. I know it will be difficult. Shirley was always so gracious and friendly even though I only saw her occasionally. She will be missed by all but most of all by you. Marilyn Pattison

  • Mary Collins

    How very sad. Shirley was such a wonderful woman and a great example to us all for her patience and endurance during these last years. My condolences to Eric and all the family.

  • John Walton

    So very,very sorry to learn this sad news. Shirley was special, and will be missed.

  • John Williams

    Wonderful memories of Scottsdale, Qualicum, and countless parties. My fellow tennis fan, Shirley was always the most gracious lady with the dazzling smile.Shirley will be missed immensely .
    John and Susan Williams.

  • Cathy Nichols

    So very sorry to hear this sad news. Shirley was always smiling and joyful.

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