The family is saddened to announce the passing of Betty Shipley (nee MacNeill) at New Horizons Towers on Saturday, July 16, 2022 at the age of 96. Predeceased by her beloved husband Henry (1995). Cherished stepmother of Sharon and Gordon. Adoring grandmother of Rachel Li (Bill), and great-grandmother of Abigail and Charlotte. She will be missed by her brother Ronald McNeill (Genelda) and their children Elizabeth (Gary), Mike (Helene), Stephen (Sue), and Kathy (Geoff). Also her niece Sue, daughter of her sister Isobel (deceased).
Betty was a dedicated teacher of history and social studies with the Toronto and Ottawa District School Boards. Fittingly, she was a highly engaged global citizen, always up to date on current affairs, and involved with the York Pioneers. A proud Torontonian, she never missed a chance to show off her city as a passionate tour guide and consummate hostess. She travelled the world with an adventurous spirit, especially to take in opera. Here at home, Betty was an avid patron of the arts, with active subscriptions at the Canadian Opera Company, National Ballet of Canada, and the Stratford Festival, just to name a few. She also loved sports, and would cheer on the Blue Jays and the Leafs with gusto. She will be dearly missed by her family and many friends.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held in the fall, on Sunday November 6th, 2022 at Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W, Toronto. Interment of Betty's cremated remains at Prospect Cemetery will follow the celebration of life. For those who wish, donations in Betty’s memory may be made to “The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation” may be made through www.turnerporter.ca