On August 3rd, Pat McCambridge posted on Facebook the following:
Some of you may have already heard but for those who didn’t, today my Sister Sharleen McCambridge passed. Shar has been battling Cancer for 10 long years now. We were just at the Wish Tournament on Saturday as she insisted upon going. On Sunday she was brought in by ambulance with severe pneumonia .
We, as a Family, are heart-broke. Our Sister was a real fighter and fought bravely right until the end. She passed with dignity with her Family by her side. Keeping her positive attitude and putting on a brave face for her nieces and nephews. She has touched so many in her short time with us. One of a kind, who will not ever be replaced. Please do not be sad for her but celebrate the good times you have shared together and be happy that her soul has been released to join the many others waiting for her.
To say this news was a shocker is an understatement. Sharleen was a year ahead of me in my brother’s graduating class at St. Thomas More Elementary in Verdun in (I think) 1979. But I really didn’t know her then. I was more aware of her cousins Brent and Derek, Brent being in my year and Derek in my sister’s 5 years after. I suppose had I gone to Verdun Catholic Comprehensive High School that Sharleen would have had ample opportunity to “kick me in the arse” both figuratively and physically… and it would have mostly been deserved on my part. Sharleen didn’t suffer fools lightly and in those years (and some would say even now) I was a fool.
I really got to know Sharleen in adulthood when we were both involved with the United Irish Societies of Montreal.
So, when a longtime UIS members pass on, I do my most to research their family’s history into the City of Montreal and to blog about it and/or report at UIS General Meetings.
Obviously, Sharleen was a member of the reknowned McCambridge Family. Her McCambridge ancestor with origins in Ballymena, Co. Antrim seems to have immigrated to Canada sometime after his birth in 1871. She was the daughter of Michael “Mickey” McCambridge and Margaret “Peggy” Sheen
Sharleen initially beat breast cancer sometime around 2005 however the dastardly disease returned a few years after.
Sharleen was always supportive of her brother Michael when he was chair of UIS Christmas Baskets in 2000, 2001, 2005 and when Parade Director in 2008. She herself took on the role of Vice President of Advertising & Public Relations in 2012.
A little less known to us Irish folks, Sharleen was involved with Dawson Community Center. She actually convinced my father, Joseph Quinn, to join the Dawson Executive as Treasurer in 1997, Joe being a lifelong resident and an actual Charter Member of Dawson Boys and Girls Club from 1959. So, Sharleen understood the importance of continuity and community involvement.
Sharleen leaves behind her mother Margaret (Peggy) (Sheen) McCambridge, her sister Colleen, her brothers Michael and Patrick, nieces and nephews, and a really large extended family.
Per brother Pat’s August 12th Facebook post, On Saturday, September 10 we will have a wake for my Sister Sharleen. It will be held at the Lachine Legion, 3015 rue Henri Dunant, Lachine, QC. It will be Held between 12 p.m and 4 p.m. Friends and Family are all welcome to join us. Thank you
Click here to find the funeral home obituary and to leave your condolences to the family.
I do hope you will be able to attend to celebrate the life of our friend Sharleen, who has left this earth much too soon.
Ken Quinn, Historian