Donna Shirley Short (nee Phelan)

September 15, 1954 to March 30, 2024


For those unable to attend the funeral service in person, please click the following link to watch it live. 

Funeral Service for the late Donna Short


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Donna Short at her residence on Saturday, March 30th, 2024, in her 69th year.

Donna was predeceased by her husband Fraser; father Allan; and brother Randy.

Leaving to mourn are her son Shawn; granddaughter Natalie; mother Ruby Phelan; sisters and brothers Gloria Hynes (Howard); Derek (twin brother), Michael (Marilyn), Gary (Christine), Betty Oliver (Ernie), Linda Doran (Ed), Michelle Quilty (Maurice) and Wanda Fitzpatrick (Barry). Also leaving to mourn numerous nieces, nephews, and friends, especially Mike and Des (Krista). Also, Georgina Short (Louise) and all members of the Short Family.

The family will be accepting visitors at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Rd. from 10:30 – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday April 4th. The funeral service at the Carnell Memorial Chapel on Friday, April 5th, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. With an inurnment to follow at the Columbarium in the Anglican Cemetery, Forest Rd.

Flowers gratefully accepted, or you may make a donation in Donna’s name to a charity of ones choice.

Please note that Carnell’s Funeral Home is a nut free building, due to a staff member with a severe allergy. Thank you for your cooperation.



10:30am - 8pm on April 4, 2024

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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11:00am, Friday April 5th

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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With inurnment to follow at Forest Road Columbarium.


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Deeply sorry for your loss! Always thinking of you!

My deepest condolences to Shawn and family. I had the privilege of working with Donna for many years at the Health Sciences. She was the hardest worker and so so kind to all of the patients. Everyone loved her! She was very proud of her son and spoke of you all the time…. You brought much joy into her life.
Very sorry I missed the wake and service but just found out from colleagues.

To Wanda, Mrs. Phelan and family
Sorry to hear of your loved ones passing
Praying for the family at this difficult time.
Humphrey & Maggie

So sad to hear of Donna’s passing ,she was the first person to train me when I first stated in psychiatry first thing she showed me was our fill up closet then she said we are going to have a smoke first and her cup of coffee. Such good memories R.I.P Donna. God Bless

Ruby, Gloria, Wanda and family,
So sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. I worked with Donna while in housekeeping at the HSC. She was always nice to me and so friendly. I remember that she was a hard one to catch, those tiny legs could go miles.

Praying for you all and thinking of you during this difficult time.

I wish I could be there for you today Donna. My condolences to your family. You will be missed. Luv’s you. Your stepson Alonzo Short.

Ruby and family, my sincerest condolences on the passing of Donna. My thoughts are with you at this sad time. Lorna

So sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. I will always remember her as being so very kind and compassionate . Thinking of you all at this difficult time.

Words cannot express how sorry we are to hear of Our niece Donna you will forever be in our hearts we lift up the family at this time in our prayers sorry we couldn’t be there but the best best are tied with heart strings much love we send you may the peace of God for over you all Pat and Robert

Donna’s Family
I knew Donna when she worked at HSC, always smiling walking faster than sound. A beautiful lady. Condolences & prayers to each of you at this difficult time.

Ruby, my sincere condolences to you and your family. at this very difficult time. RIP Donna

Our condolences to Shawn and all the short family

So sorry for your loss,Jerome Cole Torbay

Our heart goes out to our brother Shawn and his family for their sudden loss. Condolences to the family. May Donna rest in peace.

Saddened to read about Donna’s sudden passing. Condolences to Aunt Ruby, Donna’s son Shawn, and all the family.
Distance, & health issues, keep me from returning to the island for her funeral service but I will be watching thru the online link. R.I.P. Donna.

So sorry for your loss

Dean critch

My condolences to all family and friends! RIP

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Aunt Donna. Our condolences go out to all of the family.. We will be watching the service and thinking of you all during this very difficult time.

Aunt Ruby, Shawn, Derek, Gloria, Mike, Gary, Betty, Linda, Michelle, Wanda and families – so sad to hear of Donna’s sudden passing – my heart aches for you all as you go through this difficult. We enjoyed the chance to have a chat and catch up with her last August. Even though few years between us, I remember Donna since we were teenagers;( maybe even younger when she would take us blueberry picking with her – she knew all the good spots). Always a hard worker and very kind hearted. Hugs to you all. Xx

Sincere Condolences to all the family. God Bless.

Our Prayers and Thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.

Sincere condolences to all the family, especially to my friend Gloria Hynes. Thinking of you at this sad time!
Cynthia Parsons

Gloria, Wanda .Ruby and Family ,
Dave and I want to extend our deepest Condolences to you and your family . We are lifting you all in our prayers .
Love David and Sharon

Georgina So for your loss

My deepest condolences to the PHELAN / SHORT family. My dearest friend Donna is forever in my thoughts .. sadly missed 😭.

To My Nanny and my cousin,

My heart is with you as you mourn this loss. It’s been a minute since I’ve been on the Rock but I remember Aunt Donna very well from our yearly trips home. She was always very nice and oddly quiet for a Phelan woman. There are no words that will make the pain go away but please take solice in the family that surrounds you. May you find peace in knowing she is at peace now.

Love Evelyn Rody (Phelan)

My heart goes out to Shawn and family Donna was a wonderful person with a kind heart she will be missed that’s for sure

Ruby, Gloria, Wanda and all of Donna’s family,
Brenda and I want to extend our love and prayers for all of you in the days ahead. It is never easy to loose a love one so suddenly. I (Winston), lost my father in the same way so I can empathize with what you are all feeling right now. May it help to know that we are thinking of and praying for you.

Brenda and Winston

Ruby and the family So Sorry to hear about Donna .my hearts goes out to all of you.thoughts and prayers are with you all.hugs Joy