It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Shirley Erskine at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, BC. Shirley survived a major debilitating stroke in 2006 which left her wheelchair-bound and unable to talk. She spent the years following her stroke slowly declining but was able to remain at home with her husband Tom as her caregiver. Her early years of marriage were spent supporting her husband in his educational pursuits and army service, which took them to Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Whitehorse, Portland and Victoria. No matter where she lived, she loved to create a warm and welcoming home. Happily, Shirley and Tom were able to travel to many great golf and vacation destinations over the years.

Shirley derived great pleasure from quilting and crafting as well as the friendships she forged through her membership at the Victoria Golf Club.

Shirley is survived by Dr. Thomas Erskine, her husband of 66 years; daughters, Lorie Rogers (Barrie) of Nanaimo, Leslie Blagdon (David) of Chemainus, and Donna Erskine of Victoria, and niece Terri Moore (Greg) of North Carolina. Also, her grandchildren Justin Long (Amanda), Dr. Aaron Long (Laura), Duncan Blagdon, Emily Blagdon (Riley) and great-grandchildren Akaisha Long and Maxen Long. Shirley was a loving, quiet, stable and supportive presence in our lives, and will be sorely missed. Due to the COVID-19 situation, there will be no service or gathering. Condolences to the family may be offered below.

McCall Gardens

  • Ragnar and Gloria Eeg

    Dr Tom Erskine and family

    We are saddened to hear about the passing of your wife Shirley and pass on our most sincere thoughts to you and all your family.

    Ragnar and Gloria Eeg

  • Trudi Barr

    Tom,Leslie,Donna & Lorie . . so very sorry to hear this news. Shirley was a lovely, gracious, talented woman and I recall with fondness the many happy hours spent in her company (dinners at the house, golfing, going to craft fairs etc). My very sincere condolences on the loss of your life partner & mom – she was a very special lady. Thinking of you all at this sad time.

  • Gerry & Lois Gass

    Dear Tom: So sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing.

  • Selena (Blair) Oliveira


    I am so sorry for your loss of your life mate. One can only aspire to be together and dedicated to a partner for as long and lovingly as you were with Shirley. As a witness to your kind and gentle nature I know she was surrounded by love. My heart goes out to the kids as losing a parent is just simply heartbreaking.


  • David Heft

    My deep condolences to the Erskine family.

  • Tim and Marty Ball

    We are overcome with sadness. Shirley was my friend and golf mate, many years ago. She and I attended many quilt shows, and I learned how talented she was, in her crafts and decorating. A wonderful lady in every way. Hugs to all the family.

  • Caroline Hudson

    Lorie, I am sorry to learn of your mum’s passing. The few times I met her, it was obvious what a gracious and lovely woman she was. I remember going to Port Townsend with you and your mum on the historical house tour! My condolences to you and to your family and all the best to you and Barrie and the boys.

Leave Condolence

Type your condolence message into the box below and click "Submit". It may take up to 24 hours for it to appear. Your email address will not be published.


Search Website