Sue Cain

Rhody Family Funeral Home

Shirley Mae “Sue” Clara was born in Chesley on May 2, 1958 to parents William and Shirley (Albright) Early. She spent most of her early years living in Desboro and in time welcomed younger brothers Bill (1961), Bob (1962) and Doug (1965). During her youth Sue became very close with her grandparents, Clara and Leslie Albright, spending countless summers and holidays with them on their farm. She attended public school in Desboro before heading to Owen Sound and West Hill High School to complete her education.

After school, Sue started with Whittaker Cable in Owen Sound. It was during this time that Sue's relationship with Francis "Frank" David Cain, high school sweethearts, flourished and the young couple soon married and were blessed with the arrival of their son Derek in 1975. Sue remained at home with Derek during his youth and did a little babysitting on the side. When Derek headed off to school she returned to the workforce with Electrical Contacts in Hanover. The Cain family had settled in Chesley and in the early 90's Sue began to work in the Chesley Grocery Store, in the bakery department.

In her spare time Sue loved to garden. She spent countless hours outside in her flowerbeds enjoying nature and growing her beautiful clematis and roses. She also had a passion for cards, one of the many loves she shared with her husband. Get this, the two would actually wake up early daily so that they could play cards for an hour (3 games of cribbage) before work. Crazy! They played for big money too... a penny a point, whereby one owed the other a few dollars at the end of the year! :)

Sue also had a soft spot for animals, particularly cats. That is a really soft spot. The Cains had many cats over the years and on more than one occasion she fed and even paid for medical care of local stray cats. In terms of her cats, there were too many to name, but Stimpy was a particular favourite of Sue's.

She was a classical rock fan and loved to attend live concerts at Casino Rama and in Toronto throughout the years. Favourite bands included but were not limited to, Poison, ACDC and Bon Jovi. Apparently, unlike many of us in this area, Sue did not like country music and would kindly ask Frank to change the station. On TV, she liked anything related to crime, with some of her favourites including NCIS, Criminal Minds and CSI. Oh yah, who could forget the sitcoms. She also enjoyed baking and would often share her talents when friends, family and her community were in need of support.

Family was very important to Sue. Whether it was Derek, her granddaughter Stefany, her brothers or any other family members, Sue always took the time to support and help out whenever possible. There were many fun times spent at the Maluskie farm over the years as well as at the cottage on Williams Lake. Sue's kindness and generosity was ever present and she never forgot special occasions of the many people she loved. She will certainly be missed by her family and friends.

Sadly, Sue was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme (a form of brain cancer) in October of 2017. She underwent several treatments, surgery and doctor’s appointments following her original diagnosis. She was tiny in figure, but strong in both body and mind, never giving up. In September, Sue became a resident of Chapman House. Here, she was supported by her friends and family as she lived out her final months. She passed away on Saturday, November 10, 2018 surrounded by her family and in the loving arms of her beloved husband. She was 60.

She will be loved forever by her husband of 42 years, Frank Cain. Cherished mother of Derek and grandmother of Stefany. Loving daughter of Shirley and Wayne Maluskie of Desboro and sister to Bill Early of Desboro, Bob (Donna) Early of Chesley Doug (Brenda) Early of Desboro. Sue will be sadly missed by Frank’s family Donna (Wayne) Duquette of Williamsford, Beth (Walter) Brown of Chesley, Shirley (Rob) Braun of Guelph and Robert (Karen) Cain of Chatsworth. Lovingly remembered by her many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and co-workers. Sue was predeceased by her father Bill Early and grandparents Clara and Leslie Albright.

Visitation will be held at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Wednesday, November 14th from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. A funeral service honouring Sue’s life will be held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Sullivan (#682006 Concession 8 – two miles south of Desboro) on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 11 a.m. Interment in Desboro Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Chapman House or Chesley Hospital Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

Sue’s family wish to thank all the loving staff at Chapman House and South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Chesley for all their support over the last several months. It was truly appreciated.

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Debbie Smith
November 17, 2018
I'm so sorry for your loss Frank, Derek, and all the Cain and Early families. May Sue now be in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jennifer & Parker Wallace
November 16, 2018
So sorry to hear of Sue's passing. Our thoughts are with you all.
Scott and Debbie Millar
November 16, 2018
Frank, Shirley and family. Our deepest sympathy. Sue was a wonderful caring person who I always enjoyed chatting with. She will certainly be missed.
Neal and Rosanne Rourke
November 15, 2018
Our deepest condolences to everyone.
Donna & Bev Nicoll
November 14, 2018
Our deepest sympathy to the entire family at this sad time. Please know you are in our thoughts.
Jack and Ellen Cavill
November 14, 2018
Our sincere sympathy to the Cain and Early families. Our thoughts and prayers go to you
Murray and Shannon McNabb
November 14, 2018
Our sincere condolences to the Cain,Early and Maluskie families on Suzie'passing.
Elda Mae Knapp
November 14, 2018
To Frank,Derek,and all of Sue's love ones.
My deepest sympathy.
Jacinda Prentice
November 14, 2018
My heart goes out to you all. Keep your memories close and have full bursting hearts when you think of this sweet precious soul. I write this in memory and on behalf of my mom, Sherry (Lipskie) Davey (1958/2012). They were friends since childhood and can now celebrate together the beautiful lives they lived. Hugs to everyone.
Jean Brow
November 13, 2018
To All Sue,s love one,s my deepest condolences. Sue was one great lady. I will miss her smile.
Penny and John Crawford
November 13, 2018
To Frank,Derek ,Cain and Early families. So sorry for you loss ? You are in our thoughts and prayers. She will be missed by many
Grant & Mary Swartz
November 13, 2018
To the Early & Cain families,
Please except our sincere condolences on the passing of Sue.
Adrienne Grady
November 13, 2018
I’m so very sorry for your loss, my sincere condolences to the entire family
Darryl and Leanne Hampton
November 13, 2018
Sorry for your loss, Cain family. Sue will be in our thoughts and prayers.
S Galbraith
November 13, 2018
The world was a better place for Susie to have been in and will forever have a hole left in it because she is gone. Do take time to remember all the great times had with her and what wonderful people she has left behind to carry her memory forward.
Mary Lou (Wheildon) Peers
November 13, 2018
To Frankie and family and the Early family, I would like to send my sympathy to you all. These are the toughest of times. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Deb & Boog Hepburn
November 13, 2018
Our deepest condolences on your loss.
Joanne Clarke
November 12, 2018
So very sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you during this difficult time.

Joanne, Ardie and Damian
Sheila Braun
November 12, 2018
My deepest condolences go out you Frank and your family.
Amy Doofenbaker
November 12, 2018
Dear Frank and family,
Sue was a kind, compassionate person and an exceptional cat lover. She will be missed and remembered. My sympathy to you in this difficult time.
Patricia Povelofskie
November 12, 2018
Frank and family my deepest condolences to all of you.
Deb & Keri Emke
November 12, 2018
Our sympathy and thoughts go out to Frank and family. She was a wonderful lady. May you find comfort in all the happy memories shared. She will be missed by many.
Sharon Nettle
November 12, 2018
George Locker and family send condolences and prayers.
Carol M. Jarvis
November 12, 2018
My deepest sympathy to you Frank and families.
Marie and Ron Swigger
November 12, 2018
Our deepest sympathy to Frank and all the families in the loss of our beloved niece. She was a very kind and loving lady
Karen Shepherd
November 12, 2018
So sorry for your loss Frank. Thinking of you during this difficult time.
kim & mathew summers
November 12, 2018
so sorry to read this she will be missed by many. Deepest sympathy to you all
Jayne Tibbo
November 12, 2018
Frank & Family
So sorry to hear about Sue.
Deepest sympathy to you all at this difficult time ❤️
She was a very kind and caring lady who would always stop and say hi anywhere I would meet her.
She will be missed
Marlene Witzke
November 12, 2018
My deepest sympathy to Frank and family, and Shirley and family.
Natalie and Paul
November 12, 2018
Thinking of you Doug and Brenda xo
Carol Golem
November 12, 2018
Please accept my Sincere Sympathy at this time!
November 12, 2018
We where terrible shocked to read of Sue’s passing. Please accept our sincere condolences at this most difficult time.
Dave, Brenda, Tasha, Amy & Ashley
Peter & Jacqui Knipfel
November 12, 2018
Frank and Families.
Our deepest sympathy at this difficult time. Sue will be missed by her many friends at the Grocery Store.
November 11, 2018
To Frank and Family,

Our deepest condolences on the passing of Sue, she will be greatly missed. Thoughts and Prayers are with you.

Crystal, Xavier, Daimon and Kendrew

Sharon and Roger Martin
November 11, 2018
To the Cain and Early Families.
Sorry for your loss of wife, daughter,sister and sister In law.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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