Shirley Elizabeth Harding White (nee Warford)

February 19, 1934 to February 7, 2020


Past peacefully away at Chancellor Park on February 7, 2020, Shirley Elizabeth (nee Warford) Harding White.

Shirley is predeceased by her parents Sarah (French) Warford and Wm (Bill) Warford; Sister Dorothy (Clem) Poff and loving son Jeffrey Wm; husbands Frank Harding and Gerald White.

Leaving to celebrate her life nieces Vicki Kipps, Port Coquitlom, BC and Lynn Cassidy, Greeley, ON and close relatives and friends.

Shirley attended St. Georges School and then on to Bishop Spencer College where she graduated completing her business Course.  Her working career started at Harvey& Co Ltd. as well as a secretary at Holloway and St. Michael’s Schools.  Shirley had a long career with Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans.  Upon her retirement served as Administer Assistant for the director of Patrol Services. She was an avid golfer, loved to play bridge, skate and play a hand of Rummoli with her friends.  Her voice could also be heard over the airways as a 25 year volunteer with VOWR, a job she loved dearly.  She was also an Active member with the St. John’s Lioness group and enjoyed singing with her gospel choir.

A special thank you to the staff of Chancellor Park for the exceptional care during Shirley’s journey and to all those who visited her during her stay.

Visitors are welcomed at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, on Tuesday February 11 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will take place from St. Mark’s Anglican Church on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13 at 11:00 a.m. with interment to follow at Kenmount Road Anglican Cemetery.  Flower’s gratefully accepted or donations in her memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.



2-4 p.m. on February 11, 2020

7-9 p.m. on February 11, 2020

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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11:00am, Thursday February 13th

St. Mark's Anglican Church
203 Logy Bay Rd, St. John's

Interment to follow at the Anglican Cemetery, Kenmount Road

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To the White family…
Profoundly saddened to learn of Shirley’s passing!
I have many cherished memories of happier times in Lionism together with hubbies, Frank and Gerald.
May the good Lord surround you with his love in this, your time of sorrow.
Cec Thorne

At such a time of loss, there is great comfort knowing God welcomes all his children. Rest In Peace Shirley.

Sincere condolences to Shirley’s family.. We were students at Spencer College. I worked with Shirley at Fisheries and Oceans . She was a wonderful co-worker. After retirement I would always enjoy chatting with her and would see her at bridge many times.. RiP. Shirley.

We are so sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

To Shirley’s Family
My condolences to you all. I got to know Shirley after her marriage to Gerry and many visits thereafter, We enjoyed our chats about Florida, the country , golf and VOWR. I recognize the help the local family have given over the past 18 months during sevearl difficult situations . I’m sure if she could she would have thanked you for all your help. God Bless

l have so many fond memories of Mrs. Harding (as I knew her as when I was younger). My parents were great friends of her and Frank and we visited them on Ennis Avenue many times. I saw her fairly often over the years and was so happy for her when she met Mr. White. They were very happy together. May you rest in peace Mrs. H reunited with many loved ones and family! God speed!

So sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing. I have cherished memories of her being a wonderful skating friend and companion. We enjoyed many coffee breaks together and numerous conversations.
Rest In Peace my friend.

Marcella Gillett

may cherished memories and comfort of family and the sympathy of friends help to console you in this time of sorrow. I worked with Shirley for many years at dfo, and we enjoyed golfing together, and skating. god bless.

I find it difficult to express the sadness I feel hearing this news. To contrast, I keep thinking of the day my Poppy called and announced he married the most lovely woman Shirley (or has we called her Posie). I’m not sure if I’ve ever heard him as happy as I did on that phone call. Posie was the only grandmother I ever really knew on my father’s side. Given distance and my young age I regret not staying in closer contact with her. She was a role model in her community, a warmth within our family and a great grandmother to my son. I wish we could be there to wish her well as she reunites with her late husband. With lots of love,
Marleigh, Brent and Oliver

Gerry so sorry for your loss at this time, thought’s and prayers are with you.

I am deeply saddened to hear of Shirley’s (Posies) passing. She was such a lovely person who deeply loved my ex father inlaw Gerry White. She was so kind to my children and myself. I loved when she came and stayed with me for my daughters engagement party and again for her wedding. To me she was part of my family and the only grandmother my children knew on the White side. After the birth of her step grandson she really wanted to come and visit him but her health was starting to fail. She did get to see him in pictures and for that I am grateful. I wasn’t able to keep in touch with her much over the past two years but will miss our conversations over the phone and on facetime, nonetheless. God bless you Shirley thank you for being a part of my life!

We are sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing. She was a member of our gospel choir and loved singing. Sometimes we would pick her up. We extend our sympathy to all her family and friends.

Shared a golf cart with Shirley two years ago on Captain’s Hill in the Ladies League.
Shirley had a great swing, was a lot of fun and was a pleasure to spend time with. Shared her candy with me.
To Shirley’s family, my condolences.
Gerri Downey

I was deeply saddened to hear of Shirley’s ill health and death. She lived at first on the same street, I live , her son Jeff being a friend of my boys..she was a very active member of the St John’s Lionetts Club with me..her kindness and friendliness will never be forgotten.. RIP my friend.

To Shirley’s family I am out of the Country and so sorry I cannot visit you all, Shirley Frank and Jeff were my neighbour for many years. Shirley worker with my late husband Robert., for many years @DFO.May she Rest In Peace, and Bless you all.
Joan Crouse

Our kind and loving Aunt Shirley brought love,
support, and joy to our lives. She will be forever in our
Lynn and Neil Cassidy
Emily, Marshall, and Katie Walsh

My deepest condolences to you and your family at this difficult time.
Shirley will be fondly missed but never forgotten, esp on the third floor at highgate

Donna Hominuk
Unit 313 134 portugal cove rd

To Shirley’s Family

It is with a saddened heart that I learned of Shirley’s passing on Saturday at church. She was a very gentle, quiet person who was always there ready to help at the drop of a hat. We will truly miss her at St. Mark’s Family.