On January 23, 2023, exactly one month before her 72nd birthday, Sharon Mabel Kaye shed the body that had betrayed her for so very long. While she is now pain free - and we’re sure jitterbugging, jiving and dancing up a storm - her sudden loss has left us all heart broken.
One of six children, Sharon was born in Sackville, New Brunswick on February 23, 1951 to Cedric Kaye and Marie (Hamilton) Kaye. Her sibling bond with her three brothers Bob, Eric and Kelvin and two sisters Christine and Gloria, was strong and mischievous as children and remained even more so as adults.
Sharon grew up in Amherst, NS and she held on deeply to her friendships made as a young girl and then into her later years with her camping crew, her online friends from many different countries, and most recently with her Drew family of friends.
She loved to cook which led to a long career in the food service industry where she spent many years working at the old Acadian Lines Bus Stop lunch counter in Amherst, NS and then managing and working alongside her sister Gloria at the Copper Grill restaurant located in the Stedman’s store in Sackville, NB. After retiring due to health issues, which she courageously and so fiercely battled her entire life without complaint, she volunteered her time as a member of the Royal Canadian Legion in Sackville, NB serving on the Executive and thoroughly enjoyed being head of the entertainment committee where she planned many BINGO games, dart and card tournaments, Remembrance Day events, dances and her absolute favorite – karaoke nights. Oh how she loved to sing the country classics! She truly was a born entertainer.
Sharon will be remembered as an incredible mother, wife, aunt, sister and friend who had the greatest sense of humor. She loved to laugh and to make people laugh. But don’t just take our word for it. In the words of others, “She always knew how to turn my grey skies blue, and I always left her room with a huge smile on my face.” “I’m incredibly blessed to have had the pleasure in knowing the sweet, spunky, smart, smartassy, incredible woman.” “She was such a funny, loving and kind person.” “She always had good advice, words of wisdom, and she always made me laugh.” “She always knew just how to cheer anyone up or turn a bad day good.” “She always had a smile and could make you laugh.” “She was a lovely, kind lady with a beautiful twinkle in her eyes.” “She always had a pleasant smile even when she was having pain.” “She brought joy and light to everyone who knew her. If you had the pleasure to know her, you loved her.”
Sharon is lovingly remembered and will be profoundly missed by her partner of close to 40-41 years (exact number of years is debatable and she’s not here to argue or correct him), Wayne Stiles of Sackville, NB; cherished daughter, Ginny Sterling Boddie (John) of Glen Haven, NS; her niece, who was like a daughter, Alice Hamilton (Mark), Barrie, ON; her son, Michael Powell and grandchildren, Daphne and Nathan; her big brother, Bob Kaye (Elva), Debert, NS; her baby brother, Kelvin Kaye (May), Amherst, NS; her sister, Christine Hicks of Amherst, NS.; her nieces, Tina Hicks Spence (Wayne); Lisa Kaye (Fred Arsenault); Darlene Kaye and Joanna Kaye-Carey; her nephews, Tim Hicks (Krista Cormier), Tony Kaye and Todd Kaye; her many great-nieces and nephews; her chosen sisters-by-heart - lifelong friend and dance partner, Phyllis Sloan, Amherst, NS and her beloved bestie, Eunice Johnson, Sackville, NB.
While we grieve her loss here, we know she was welcomed with open arms from those who passed before her. Her parents, Cedric and Marie; her brother, Eric Kaye; her sister, Gloria Brown; her brother-in-law, Richard Brown; her brother-in-law, Allan Hicks; her uncle, Everett Hamilton; her great-nephew, Justin Morgan, as well as by her dog, Chummie; and as she called them "Nannie's Babies" - her two grand-cats, Toeser and Winston as well as by her grand-dog, Jack.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Erin Campbell and the staff of Campbell’s Funeral Home, 89 Bridge Street, Sackville N.B. (506) 364-8188. Please join us on Saturday, January 28, 2023 for a visitation from 3:30pm to 5:30pm at Campbell’s Funeral Home in Sackville, NB. Tears will be shed. Hugs will be given. Memories will be shared. Laughs will be heard.
And because she is still telling us what to do, as per her wishes, we will lay her to rest at a private family burial to be held at a later date in Midgic, NB.
She also has asked in lieu of flowers, memorial donations - should you wish - can be made to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #26 in Sackville, NB or to the Lillian Allbon Animal Shelter in Amherst, NS.
On-line condolences and sharing of memories may be forwarded to the family through our website www.campbellsfuneralhome.com or by visiting the funeral home Facebook page.
"I’ve had my life and enjoyed every second,
But as it is, another life beckoned.
It’s important to know that I have not gone,
And I hope that, on you all, my light has shone.
Stay in the sunshine, rest never in the shade,
Don’t curse my absence, as this light you’ll evade.
I live in the smiles, the moon, stars and sky,
and I feel eternal pride as I watch you all fly.
And for my darling daughter who wonders what to do,
Just have a wonderful time, as I will, living through you."
Adapted from The Tribute to the Children by George Frost