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NEWTON, Sharon Rosalie (née McBride)

October 23, 1939 — October 13, 2022

It is with sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Sharon Newton on October 13, 2022 with family and friends at her side. Sharon is lovingly remembered by her daughter, Nicole, and son-in-law, Alan McAndrew; her grandson, Euan; her brother Mike; nephew, Bert (Julie), and her great-nieces/nephew Alanya, Stephanie, & Martin; her niece, Gail McBride (Behrooz); and her other extended family members Cathy Hermiston, Alan Burdock, & Greg Burdock; as well as her special friends Craig (Alison) Reigh and their family. There are many wonderful friends that Sharon held close to her heart, too many to mention.  Sadly, in 2015, Sharon lost her husband of 48 years, Bill, who was her one and only.  Sharon was preceded in death by her oldest brother, Hanford, & sister-in-law, Ruth who was like a true sister to her.

Sharon grew up on the West Coast in a pioneer family that were involved in fishing and farming.  The McBride name can still be seen around the lower mainland and the Sharon M. fishing vessel still exists on the Pacific.

In 1957, after graduating from Semiahmoo Highschool in Whiterock, Sharon jumped at the chance to become a RN and train at the Vancouver General Hospital.  There, she made the most of her time, not only learning but having fun and meeting new friends that would become lifelong pals.  She was asked to speak on behalf of the Graduating Class of 1961 at their 50th Reunion, which showed how much Sharon meant to her colleagues and peers.  Penticton General Hospital was where Sharon started and ended her nursing career.  She was known as “living history” around the hospital and she never stopped learning.  In 1963, while working at the hospital, Sharon learned how to sail and drove her sports car towing a boat behind to Virginia and North Carolina to participate in the World Jolly Boat Championships. In 1991, she graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  At graduation, she was awarded a gold medal for her nursing and academic excellence. Hemodialysis and kidney transplant was her next passion to learn about and at age 60 she was granted a Canadian Certification of Nephrology Nursing and took on the role of Transplant Clinic Coordinator.

Retiring at age 65, Sharon next wanted to learn about the world of art and was quickly confirmed as a member of Federation of Canadian Artists. Sharon was very involved in the local Naramata Arts Studio and enjoyed her outings with her painting girls.  In her later years, she loved to travel with family and friends.  Her highlights were travelling to Disneyland with her grandson. She also took a tour to Spain and Italy that she went on with her high school classmate, Rosie.  Sharon had so many other passions and skills. She was a lover of animals; big and small. As well she was a fantastic cook and host, canning and making delicious jams and pies from her garden. She enjoyed sewing and making flower arrangements, and skiing at Apex into her seventies. Sharon was a great reader, scramble player and crossword wizard. She was a sailor both on the ice and in the water, and, above all, she was an outstanding wife, mother, and gramma.  These are the many things her friends and family will remember her for.

Nicole would like to thank the nursing staff at the Vineyards Residence who often referred to her mom as their favourite.  A special thanks also goes out to CarryAnne who was Sharon’s special caregiver and partner in crime.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Arthritis Society of BC,.

A Celebration of Life will be held on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2022, at 11:00 AM, at PENTICTON LAKESIDE RESORT, 21 Lakeshore Dr W, Penticton, BC.

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2022, at 11:00 AM

PENTICTON LAKESIDE RESORT, 21 Lakeshore Dr W, Penticton, BC

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The service for NEWTON, Sharon Rosalie (née McBride) is scheduled for SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2022, at 11:00 AM. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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PENTICTON LAKESIDE RESORT, 21 Lakeshore Dr W, Penticton, BC

21 Lakeshore Dr W, Penticton, BC


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  • Fiona Johnston says:

    Sharon was such a delight. We had many family celebrations together for Christmas and other holidays. She was such a kind and caring woman who always had fun stories to share. It was so amazing to watch when she became a grandmother to Euan and how much that meant to her. She will be greatly missed! Sending lots of love and hugs to everyone. ❤️❤️❤️

  • Mike currie says:

    My sincere condolences. I’ve known Sharon since we were teenagers and I know how much she will be missed. A vibrant and multi-talented woman with a huge personality. She will be greatly missed.

  • Carryanne Milot says:

    Sharon was a breath of fresh air. She always had a smile on her face and warmth in her heart. She always made me feel so welcomed. Some called us rebel (Sharon) and trouble. Her daughter Nicole son-in-law Alan and grandson Euan always made me feel like I was a part of the family. She will always be remembered as my friend and partner in crime.

  • Carol McAndrew and Bruce Weicker says:

    Sharon was a light in the world and may the wonderful memories you shared with her keep her close to your heart.

  • Berva Kuroda says:

    My sincerest condolences to Sharon’s family. I had the pleasure of working with Sharon and she was a stellar nurse and a fun loving person to be around. Never a day without a smile on her face. You will be missed beautiful lady


    What memories we shared about Penticton Yacht club and nursing stories

  • Dianne Korsch says:

    I know that all the members of the Naramata Arts Studio join me in sending our condolences to Nicole and family in the passing of our long time member, Sharon. We have missed her these past few years but never forget the many years she shared in painting with us every week at the school in Naramata and helped us put on our annual art show at the church hall. She always had a smile on big smile for everyone. Rest in peace, dear friend.

  • Lorne & Sybil Collett says:

    Nicole, we are sadden to read this notice. Your description of her life time of activities is mind bending,
    Just to fill in that small window of bachelorhood. We first met Sharon when she came to work in Penticton (Living in the old nurses residence) . She joined our local singles club called “Alocni”. We had our meetings at the Yacht Club, where we planed our weekly/monthly social events from Cabbage roll feeds to our famous Broomball games , where ever we could get ice-time. .This was where she shined. She was a competitive player but we all had many a laugh at her expense, over her antics on the ice. We all eventually went in different directions but we never really lost contact with Sharon and Bill. We had our annual Christmas card exchange with the inserted letter on the years activities.
    Again our condolences to the family

  • Joni Cutler says:

    So very sorry for your loss Nicole and family. Sharon and Bill were wonderful neighbors for decades. So much fun to be around. Sadly, those days could not last forever. Warm hugs.

  • Joni Cutler says:

    So very sorry for your loss Nicole and family. Sharon and Bill were wonderful neighbors for decades. So much fun to be around. Sadly, those days could not last forever. Warm hugs.

  • Pat Doi says:

    I am so sorry to hear about the death of Sharon. I graduated with her from VGH and we kept in touch every Christmas until she could no longer write and then by telephone. We spent many happy times with her and her family in Crescent Beach. My deepest sympathy to Nicole and family.

  • Tracey Hawthorn says:

    I am so sorry about your Mom’s passing. I thought the world of her and was privileged to work with her the past few years. She was an amazing woman.

  • Barb Hagn says:

    My deepest condolences to Nicole and all of Sharon’s family. I worked with Sharon at Penticton Hospital for many years and have so many wonderful memories working with her. It could be a really tough day but Sharon’s ability to put a positive spin on any situation always made a difficult day easier. Her wit, coupled with patience and strong nursing skill, always served us well. She became a great friend even through the later years when we lived far apart. I always looked forward to our conversations on the phone when sharing of our recent life events inevitably left us laughing!
    I will truly miss my amazing friend.
    Rest in peace Sharon. My world is a little less joyful without you.

  • Darlene and David Haber says:

    A sad goodbye to a truly wonderful lady. Bill and Sharon were always such gracious hosts. Many bbqs and meals were shared in their home. Loved hearing the fun stories of their life adventures and will never forget the smiles and laughs shared. These memories will be remembered and cherished always. We loved you guys and you will both be truly missed. Condolences and hugs to Nicole and family.

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