It is with great sadness that we, the family, announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, cousin, mother-law, and grandmother, Sharon Vardy, age 63. Sharon passed away peacefully on December 8, 2021, surrounded by her loving family, at her home in Louisbourg.
Born on December 6, 1958, in Sydney, Sharon was the daughter of the late Flora and Arthur MacKenzie.
Sharon was the precious wife of Winston; dear mother of Chris (Crystal Durnford); dear sister of Vivian St-Jules (Gordie Murphy), Kevin MacKenzie (Cheryl Cameron), and Donna Debison; dear sister-in-law of Ruby Hutt-Vardy, Minnie Lilly (Lou), and Leonard Vardy; dear aunt of Kevin MacKinnon, Ryan St-Jules (Amy Miller), Andre St-Jules, Kirkland Debison, Suzanna Debison (Jacob), Emma Dethridge, Andrea Debison, Jaime Dethridge, Glenda Domonie (Roger), Peter Hutt, Shannon Hutt, Stephen Lilly (Shirley), Tony Lilly (Kim), Travis Vardy, Amy Vardy, Anthony MacKinnon, Neisha Ward, Jade Cameron and David Cameron; grandmother of, Brittany, Candace, and Gordon and is also survived by many cousins.
Besides her parents, Sharon was predeceased by her in-laws, Elizabeth and Stanley Vardy and brother-in-law, Ron Vardy.
Sharon was raised in Catalone, where she started school in a one-room schoolhouse and graduated from Riverview High School. She was an exemplary student and was well loved by her teachers and classmates. You could hear her in the classrooms and hallways with her very unique laugh and she was always seen with a smile on her face. Sharon lived in Halifax and Toronto for brief periods of time but missed her home, so she moved back to Catalone and was introduced to husband, Winston in 1984 by their good friends, Mary Lynn and Cecil Crant.
Sharon and Winston were married in 1986 and they moved to their home in Louisbourg, where they spent the next number of years renovating to make it their own. This included a backyard space “The Cave” where they hosted many get-togethers with family and many friends. We would always see Sharon with a smile on her face and hear her signature laugh. Sharon loved the outdoors, camping, the beach, walking the trails, and swimming in the pool behind their home. They had their only child in 1988, and when he moved to Halifax in 2016, they spent many weekends with Sharon’s sister, Vivian, in Sackville, to visit Chris. Sharon was loved by many people, and she loved all, but the greatest loves of her life were her husband and her son.
Sharon was employed at Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada, where she was well loved by her co-workers.
Visitation and memorial service to celebrate the life of Sharon Vardy will be held at Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church St.), Whitney Pier on Sunday, December 12, 2021. A gathering of family and friends will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. with the memorial service to follow at 6 p.m. in the All Faith Chapel with Rev. Sheldon Chant officiating. Private interment will take place at a later date.
Covid protocols will be practiced at the service.
Donations in memory of Sharon may be made to the Pier Community Funeral Home to assist the family with funeral arrangements.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.
So Sorry for Your Loss RIP Sharon
From: Debbie Mahon
Sincere sympathy! From: Carolyn MacKenzie
To The Vardy Family, Please accept my most sincere condolences on Sharon’s passing. I had the pleasure of working with Sharon at IRCC in Sydney for several years. To say Sharon was a delight to have at work was an understatement, she truly enjoyed coming to work and being with her co-workers. She always had a smile on her face, never complained and could cheer up anyone with that laugh!! When I became her Team Leader I really appreciated all these wonderful traits she had. She will definitely be missed by many of us. RIP, Sharon!
Vivian (and family), your sister sounds like a wonderful person. You will all miss her dearly. May God be with you during this difficult time.
So very sorry for your loss thinking of you all!!
Sending thoughts and prayers to Sharon’s Family at this difficult time ♡
I was lucky to have worked with her at Ircc
She will be missed♡
Sending our deepest condolences and sympathies, Sharon was a beautiful lady with an infectious laugh, I met while she was in hospital with my dad. I hope they are sharing a laugh
Rest easy my friend. It was my pleasure to have known you. My deepest condolences to Winston and Christopher.
Sorry for your loss Winston she truly was a lovely lady. And always smiling ❤️
So sorry for your loss
My deepest condolences to Winston and Chris . Sharon was a very beautiful lady I admired her strength and honesty and also Her laugh She made me laugh , just by laughing . Sharon was beautiful inside and out , You will truly be missed my dear sister in-law and loved forever RIP beautiful lady
Winston, Christopher and Family: I am saddened to read of Sharon’s passing. She was a Wonderful person with such an infectious laugh and caring heart. She will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. May all your wonderful memories created together give you comfort and strength over the days and months ahead. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Winston, Christopher and family Please accept our deepest sympathy on your loss. Sharon was such a wonderful lady and will be dearly missed by all those who had the pleasure of knowing her. May all the memories you share help you through the days ahead. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
My sincere condolences to my friend Winston, his son Chris and family.
I will always remember Sharon for her kindness, Joyfull laughter, and love for music.
Sharon was a very special lady, and will be greatly missed.
Sending my deepest condolences to Sharon’s family. I had the pleasure of working with Sharon a few years ago. She was so dedicated to her work and always had a smile on her face (to accompany that infectious laugh). She will be missed by all of her colleagues.
Vivian. My sincere condolences to you and your family at this enormous loss. May God bless and keep you all. Your friend always, Lillian
Our sincere condolences to Winston and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We hope the caring thoughts from family and friends will bring comfort to you in the days ahead.
Our condlences to all
Sharon was a complete Joy to know, and work with at IRCC. I found her always so down to earth and very kind. She loved her family above all else- and I will miss her so.
Dear Vivian and family, it’s such a wrench to say final goodbyes to a sibling, and my heartfelt sympathy goes out to you all. May God in his mercy ease your sorrow through time.
Sending our deepest condolences to you all during this difficult time. Although it was brief, we had the pleasure of meeting Sharon in Ramea a few years ago and I’m glad we did. She was such a joy to be around. Take care and hold on to your precious memories. ❤️
So very saddened to learn of Sharon’s passing. She truly was a wonderful person. I worked with her at IRCC and her kindness to fellow coworkers and love for her family were always front and center with that joyous laughter. Sincere condolences to her family.
Our Deepest sympathy, She was a sweet lady always making people laugh .So sorry to her Husband and Son May she Rest In Peace love from us both
Sorry to hear of Sharon passing. My condolences to you and your family.
My deepest condolences to the family. Sharon was a personality with a laugh that could light up a room. She will be missed.