Ogunquit, ME - After a long illness, and at the age of 95 years young, Shirley passed away on October 10, 2018. She was constantly surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born on December 24, 1922 in Worcester, MA. Shirley was the second of three daughters of Roland and Ruth (Gardiner) Fiske. She graduated from Commerce High, and Salter Secretarial School. She worked for Wyman Gordon in Worcester, MA. where she met Leo , her future husband. Leo also served in the US Air Force during WWII. They set up their cozy home on Prescott Street in West Boylston, MA. where they lived for 56 years. This is where neighborhood friends became family. They had one child, Holly , who resides with her husband, Dana Soucier, of York Harbor, Maine. Shirley leaves her wonderful nieces and nephews, grand and great, a cousin, Dick Mertins of Hebron CT, as well as her brother-in-law, Peter P. of West Boylston MA. Shirley is predeceased by her husband, two sisters, Janice McCabe and Dorothea , and her cousin, Bill Mertins.
During her childhood Shirley summered in North Brookfield, MA. Where she met her longtime friend Madeline Foote. Shirley and her two sisters were wonderfully close, especially in their later years. This devotion laid the foundation for what would become today’s four generations of remarkably loving cousins.
Shirley loved to read and was a deeply spiritual woman who spread her aura of peace and acceptance to all she met. A lover of all people, particularly Tom Brady and The Gronk. Her glass was always more than half full, especially if it was a cold Chardonnay. Her special place was Ogunquit Maine, where she and her husband vacationed for many years before moving there with Holly and Dana in 2015.
There are so many things to remember about Shirley. That her favorite food was Maine lobster and scallops, that she grew spectacular peonies, and most memorable was how she would throw back her head, with a youthful and soulful laugh.
Petite and polished, with an amazing memory, Shirley was a special lady to her many nieces, nephews, and friends of all ages, who came to count on her sage wisdom and words of love. The girls of Suffield, the school friends of Holly’s, who she loved like daughters, and the many others who passed through her long life, were all cherished by Shirley. Because she enjoyed such a long life and was such a nurturing soul, many called her their “earthly mother”.
She would want us to thank the people who provided her with loving care at York Hospital and Durgin Pines, where she spent her last days.
We invite you to come to a special celebration of life for Shirley & Leo where we will have one last cocktail with them at the home of Jean & Dan, 8 Ledge Pasture Lane. Cape , Maine on Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 1-4 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marginal Way Preservation Fund in Ogunquit, Maine in memory of Shirley and Leo. They would love for all to visit the Marginal Way for years to come. www.marginalwayfund.org