Jay Gatsby


- May 27, 2017

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With great sorrow, the family of Patti Shiplett, announce her untimely passing after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. Left to mourn are husband Nicholas Jeffrey Stooshinoff, beloved sons Alex and Nicky, mother Ann Shiplett, sisters Marjorie Sutter and Arlene Shiplett, brother David Shiplett, numerous nieces and nephews and countless friends and acquaintances whose lives she touched with her boundless enthusiasm, flair and zest for life. Patti was predeceased by her father Everett and older sister, Heather Solomon and brother-in-law Metro Solomon. Patti was born and raised in North Battleford and after completing high school left for Winnipeg to attend the University of Manitoba. After a year, finding herself looking for other challenges, she moved on to Vancouver and became employed in marketing and sales. She later moved to Alberta and became a realtor. Following a market crash in the early 1980’s she decided to return to Saskatchewan where she enrolled in the University of Saskatchewan College of Commerce graduating in 1988 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree with honours in finance. She was determined to become a business woman and worked with SEDCO, The Bank of Nova Scotia and then later as a financial planner with Great West Life. In 1988 she married her husband Nicholas and, while pregnant with their oldest son, they moved to London, England for a year. While in London, Patti attended lectures and took painting classes at the Tate Modern Gallery, the Courtauld Institute of Art and the National Gallery. Patti found that this experience awakened a slumbering passion for art and creativity which she then enthusiastically pursued upon her return to Canada. Patti gave up the world of commerce and became a full-time artist working over the years in various mediums including metal sculpture, plexiglass sculptures, painting and recently video and sound productions. Patti’s passion and hard work produced a large body of unique art which has been displayed in solo and group exhibitions, both public and private, throughout the three western provinces. Many of her pieces are held in public and private collections in Canada, the United States, Europe and Japan. Patti also received a number of corporate and public commissions including the City of Saskatoon and the Government of Saskatchewan. Patti saw art and beauty all around her and strove to create images and perspectives that were new and which gave the observer an opportunity to see the environment in a more spiritual way. She loved nature and the beauty in all things which gave each day a new experience to explore. Patti loved travel and meeting people throughout the world. She also loved to dress in vibrant and colourful prints, and her fabulous shoe collection was the envy of many. Patti was equally comfortable wearing a welder’s mask as she was wearing Ferragamo pumps. She was never afraid of hard work and was committed to environmental protection, re-cycling and saving the bees. Patti was bold and unafraid in life and met her death with the same determination and courage as she lived her life. She will be forever mourned by those who knew and loved her. The family wishes to thank the outstanding nurses and doctors of the Cancer Centre, the Oncology Ward and especially the Bone Marrow Transplant unit who strove so hard to help Patti win her battle with cancer. Their gentle care and compassion was greatly appreciated. Memorial donations may be made to The RUH Foundation (ECP Program) “In memory of Patti” 103 Hospital Drive S7N 0W8 or go to www.ruhf.org to donate online. Proceeds will be used for the acquisition of specialized equipment for use in bone marrow transplant and stem cell transplant patients.

Funeral Details

Services will be held Saturday June 3rd, 2017 at 10:30 am at Third Avenue United Church with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery followed by a celebration of life at the Saskatoon Club at 1:00 pm.

Condolence Messages

Kevin W. Hope

Written June 06, 2017 from Livelong, Saskatchewan

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. If anyone can 'relate', it is me. I feel your pain. Give me a call.
My thoughts are with you.


Written June 06, 2017 from SASKATOON, Saskatchewan

Sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family in this difficult time.

Robert Shiplett and Deborah Humble

Written June 04, 2017 from Fredericton, New Brunswick

Condolences to family and friends of Patti from cousin Robert Shiplett and family.
Fredericton, NB

Bob Finley

Written June 01, 2017 from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

I am very sorry Nick (and family) to hear of your major loss. Patti was a fine and talented person, who will be greatly missed

Jerry Wanhella

Written June 01, 2017 from Saskatoon, Sask.

Dear Nick:
Please accept my sincere condolences. All the best to you and the boys.
Jerry Wanhella

Richard Matchett

Written May 31, 2017 from Saskatoon, SK

Nicholas and family,

I send my sincere condolences and pray for God's peace to all of you as you mourn such a great loss. Patti was truly a great blessing in my life. Her positive attitude, humour and caring words were something that I have always appreciated and will cherish forever. She touched the lives of so many and will be greatly missed. May God bless all of you.

Richard Matchett

Elwood Flynn

Written May 31, 2017 from SASKATOON, Saskatchewan

To the Nicholas Stooshinoff Family. Patti was an incredible and talented lady who made this old world a better place. She will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. At this unfortunate time of sorrow, our heartfelt thoughts and deepest sympathy goes out to all of her family. Sincerely, The Flynn Family

Sabrina Caplan-Fayerman

Written May 31, 2017 from Calgary, AB

Patti you were such a bright, loving, caring, talented and brilliant woman. I cherish the memories I have of us when we were in our youth together. My thoughts are with your family. May your memory always be a blessing.

Gwen Dunbar ( Young)

Written May 30, 2017 from North Vancouver, British Columbia

My Darling Friend,
We became fast friends after we were both hired at Pitney Bowes. I was amazed that someone so beautiful was so grounded and humble. No matter where we went you were surrounded by admirers. Going to the pub was always an adventure. People were drawn to your warmth and brilliant smile. Over time I realized you were so much more than beautiful. You were smart and artistic and kind and you became more like a sister to me than a friend. Although the years and miles have separated our lives I never felt like I lost your friendship and when ever we talked it was like we lived next door to each other. I always knew I could count on you if the chips were down and i hope you felt the same.

You explained how your illness had made clear what was important and without exception it was your family. You spoke how Jeff was the love of your life and your rock; how Alex and Nicky were your pride and joy. You only spoke about how your illness would impact your family never about your own fears. Your grace and fearlessness leaves me without proper words. Missing you and wishing Jeff, Alex and Nicky the strength to get to the other side of this heart breaking time.

Beverly Koeckeritz

Written May 30, 2017 from Richmond, BC

I warmly remember Patti from our high school years. My sincerest condolences to her family. It's clear from such a lovely obituary she was very much loved and admired.

Kathy Fitzpatrick

Written May 30, 2017 from Saskatoon, SK

I am very sorry for your loss.

Pat Krueger

Written May 30, 2017 from Moose Jaw, SK

Dear Arlene,
I was saddened to read of your sisiter's death. Deepest condolences on the loss of a sibling. While I didn't know her, I recognize the great contribution the Shiplett Family has made and continues to make to the Artistic
World of Saskatchewan. It is much appreciated by one who cherishes the memory of (trying to make) beautiful music with you. Fond Memories! Keep on blowing your own horn and pounding out Caliope music .
Pat Krueger


Written May 30, 2017 from Rosetown, SK

My deepest sympathy on the loss of Patti, May her soul rest in peace.

Kim & Bill Kitson

Written May 29, 2017 from Day`s Beach, Saskatchewan

What a beautiful obituary for a beautiful woman. We will miss you my friend, having our visits at the lake, thank you for being so kind to my grandchildren you treated them like they were your own, they loved you. I got some wild flowers today to save the bees I will plant them in my yard in your honour, I know how much you worried about them. Our heartfelt condolences to Jeff, Nicholas and Alex and my second Mom Ann and sisters Marg and Arlene and David, I am truly very very sorry, we will all miss you. Love you guys