Sarah Bradshaw

Obituary of Sarah Catherine Bradshaw

Bradshaw, Sarah Catherine

Sarah died peacefully on January 5 in hospice in Waterloo. Over her final two weeks living with metastasized breast cancer, she was lovingly supported by health care workers, family, and friends both present and afar.

Sarah was fiercely intelligent, compassionate, and committed to the public good. After completing high school at UTS, Sarah studied political science, first at McGill and later at Dalhousie, where she authored a master’s thesis on the decay of the state in Zaire.

Sarah subsequently volunteered with Crossroads International in Zambia. This experience led her to complete a second graduate degree in public administration at Carleton, which begat a varied and impactful career in Ontario’s public sector. When Sarah, David and a young Angus moved to Elmira, where Quinn was born a year later, she found rewarding work at Clarica (now Sun Life).

Sarah was an active contributor to her community both near and far, including Bloor Street United Church, Gale Presbyterian Church, the Canadian Cancer Society, and the West Parry Sound Health Centre. She delighted in her many friendships formed through her schooling and work, and at play on the tennis courts and big waters at Pointe-au-Baril, on hiking trails with the ‘Limestone Ladies’, and in her garden and those of neighbours in Elmira.

Sarah is deeply missed by her sons, Angus (Michelle) and Quinn (Alexa), her mom, Suzanne, her siblings, Tim (Rindy), Miranda (Peter) and Ben (Anna-Lisa), her nieces and nephews, Melina, Jake, Abigail, Max, Astrid, Tessa, Emmett, Desmond and Clive, her adoring cousins and uncles, and her many friends and colleagues.

We take comfort in her reconnection with her late father, Jim.

Given public health restrictions, celebrations of Sarah’s life will follow later this year.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre or Crossroads International.


Go into the world with a daring and tender heart. The world is waiting.


To donate direct, please send cheques or donate online to the charity of your choice. Call us at the funeral home, 519-669-2207 and we will place a card to the family (as always, we still accept cash or cheque at the funeral home)

Grand River Regional Cancer Centre
(Grand River Hospital Foundation - Regional Cancer Centre)
PO Box 9056, 835 King St. W.
Kitchener, ON N2G 1G3


Crossroads International
49 Bathurst St #201, 
Toronto, ON 
M5V 2P2
(416) 967-1611