Sharon Milton

Sharon Milton

Tuesday, September 16th, 1947 Saturday, October 31st, 2020

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Obituary for Sharon Ann Milton (Metcalfe)

Milton, Sharon Ann (nee Metcalfe)
Sharon passed away peacefully at age 73 on Saturday, October 31, 2020 in Shelburne, Ontario. She was predeceased by her late husband, Michael John Milton.
Sharon was especially proud of her two children–Jennifer Lynn Milton (Ryan), a dental hygienist in Vancouver and world-ranked tri-athlete, and Robert David William Milton, a sheriff in Prince George, B.C. who trekked to the Everest Base Camp.
She was the beloved daughter of Robert and Helen Metcalfe (nee Porter) (Wallaceburg, Ottawa), sister of Sue Metcalfe (Richard Wah Kan) of Mono, cousin of Dr. George Porter (Susan) of Victoria, B.C., and aunt of Liane Beadon (Andrew) of Vancouver, Kate Bisnaire (Thom) of St. John’s, NL, Justin Wah Kan (Ryan) of Ottawa, and Jeffrey Wah Kan of Toronto.
Born in Richmond Yorkshire (UK), Sharon came to Canada in 1948 as an infant on her father’s British passport, and lived in Wallaceburg where she attended WDSS through high school. Upon graduation, she enrolled at the Windsor Teachers College and taught primary school in her hometown. After marriage, she attended Waterloo Lutheran and Carleton Universities studying geography, and later Algonquin College in Ottawa to train as a respiratory therapist. Sharon worked as an RT in many departments at the Royal Alexander Hospital in Edmonton before retiring to Abbotsford, B.C. She later moved to Hope and Fernie, and then to Cardston, Alberta. Gregarious by nature, Sharon formed many friendships in the communities and Mormon congregations along the way. She found profound peace and satisfaction doing Mormon temple work. In 2018, Sharon returned to Ontario, and at her passing, lived at Shelburne Retirement Residence near her sister, Sue.
During childhood, Sharon loved camping, swimming, skiing and horseback riding. Later she became an expert in Emergency Preparedness, advising and helping all who were interested. She was passionate about researching family genealogy, and as the recognized family historian, traced her family roots on two continents back to the 1700s. One of the highlights in her life was a trip in 2000 with her parents and sister back to her birthplace in Richmond. In nearby Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, her expert sleuthing uncovered important information about her Gran Porter’s early life which illuminated why her grandmother came to Canada as a Barnardo orphan. Sharon passed away on her grandmother’s birthday.
Sharon loved to travel, and during her youth, travelled across Canada and the States by train. She was happiest on the open road, navigating the western Rockies in her yellow Volkswagen Beetle and black Ford Ranger. She was a “serious” lover of cats (Puss, Max, Sir Cat and Ms. Kitty to name a few). In later years because of diabetes and reduced mobility, Sharon avidly watched educational programs, always keen to expand her understanding of nature, current events, and life. She will always be remembered for her curious mind, encyclopedic memory and interesting conversation. She was blessed with a kind and generous spirit.
In accordance with her wishes, Sharon has been cremated, and her ashes will be spread at a future date in the mountains of Western Canada.
The family thanks the staff at Shelburne Retirement Residence for their care and compassion this past year.
A tree will be planted in memory of Sharon in the Dods & McNair Memorial Forest at the Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville. The next annual dedication service will be held on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be offered to the family at

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    Friday, November 6th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre
    21 First St
    Friday, November 6th, 2020

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Jim Gray

Hi. This is very sad news for me. Although I haven’t seen Sharon since high school I always hoped to run into her or perhaps see her at this year’s cancelled reunion. However, Sharon’s sister was able to contact me and inform me that Sharon would not be able to make it. She was a unique individual, interesting and fun to be around. Our homes backed on to each other in the VlLA and I remember that when Sharon took an interest in skiing she got her dad to build her a small “hill” to ski down in their back yard. I think it took much longer to climb up on skis than ski down, but Sharon was always determined! I will miss her and it saddens me that I’ll never get the opportunity to have a visit with her.
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Kate and Thom

May she always be remembered in our hearts. Wishing we could be there. Our condolences from the East Coast.
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