Shawn Hurford

Shawn Hurford

Saturday, September 10th, 1966 - Thursday, April 8th, 2021
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Shawn was born on September 10, 1966 at BGH to his parents Robert and Bonnie Hurford (nee Arrand). He was a graduate of BCI, class of 1985, as an Ontario Scholar.

Shawn began his love of music at the age of 7 on the piano. Growing in his lessons he often took home medals from the Brockville Lion’s Club Music Festivals

His love of the stage started at BCI where he took on roles with the drama club and operatic society and created some lifelong friendships that carried him through the years.

Life took him to St. Catherines where he began to build his life in the Toronto area for 3 or 4 years.
After hitch hiking journey on his own down the East he went out to Vancouver, BC to work for a few years.
Returning back to his old stomping grounds in the fall of 2003. In September 2004 he enrolled in St. Lawrence College Musical Theater program for 3 years where he participated in many plays; received numerous academic awards and graduated as valedictorian.

He moved back to Toronto to pursue his professional acting career. After struggling for some years, he settled in Ancaster, Ontario with Wayne Dailey, a former professor and wonderful friend, for the past 6 years.
Collapsing in his home on December 12, 2020 where it was discovered that he had inoperable brain tumours. He stayed at the Hamilton General Hospital for a month before being transferred to Brockville General Hospital where he passed away peacefully on April 8, 2021.

Our dear son, brother, nephew and friend was full of life. Ready to live life to the fullest, looking to find the best in all situations and always ready to pour out his heart to shower on those around.

He is survived by his loving parents Robert and Bonnie (nee Arrand) Hurford, brothers Scott Hurford (Erin), Paul Hurford (Pam) and sister Carolyn Hunink (Randy) as well as his loving nieces and nephews Amanda Cudmore (Dan), Tristan Hurford, Carly Hurford, Robert Hunink (Kaitlyn), Hendrina Hunink, Sarah Hurford, Johanna Hunink, Christina Hunink and great niece and nephews Zoey and Ben Cudmore, Lukas Carrol. Nephew to Doug Arrand (Janet) and Gary Arrand (Margaret) and loving cousin. He also had many great friends who were family to him.

A private service in honour and celebration of Shawn's life will take place at the Bethel Christian Reformed Church, 117 Windsor Drive, Brockville on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 1 pm. See video and photo tribute below.

Donation would be appreciated to the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation Palliative Care, the Brockville Operatic Society or the Canadian Diabetes Association.

We would like to thank the doctors, nurses and PSW's at the Brockville General Hospital Palliative Care Unit for their care and compassion given to Shawn over these last three months.

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We will miss you my friend. With sincere condolences. Trudy Peter Tyler and Samantha

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Darlene Lowe-Stork

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My deepest condolences to Shawn's family and friends. He was a highschool friend that always made me smile and supported me in ways I could never express. I take comfort knowing that he is up in Heaven singing and smiling and having a great time.

Kate Suhr

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In loving memory of our beloved Lion. You will forever be in our hearts. Wizard of Oz Cast - Diversified Theatre 2017
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From the cast of The Wizard of Oz
Diversified Theatre 2017

“For my sister from another mister, keep singing, dancing, and acting a fool, we love you, and we'll keep singing, dancing, and acting the fool so we'll miss you a little bit less.”
-Barrett Morrison

“You will be remembered in every smile, every laugh and every heartfelt hug.”
-Meredith Busteed

“Shawn was a one of a kind human, bringing joy and laughter into everything he did. His passion and talent will live on within the hearts of his countless friends.”
-Beth Robertson

“Now I know I've got a heart, because it's breaking." Shawn was a beautiful bright light and we were so lucky to know him.” ❤️
-Justan Myers

“Shawn was a true inspiration. He always had a smile, a hug and positive thought that helped those around him carry on. His warm heart was a beacon of joy to all who knew him, and, I think, will continue to be as we look back at all our memories of him.”
-Gavin Bowerman

“Shawn was one of the most playful, giving, generous and kind individuals I have ever had the pleasure of working with. His attention and care to all around him was infectious - his passion for the theatre even more so. It was a great honour knowing and being around his light.
You will be missed brave lion.”
-Kate Suhr


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