- December 7, 1931 - March 13, 2017
- Melrose, Massachusetts
of Shirley's Passing
Christopher P. Dunne Foundation
57 Appleton St.
Melrose, MA 02176
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“I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
1 of 15 | Posted by: Lorayne Chapman - Stoneham, MA
“Mr. Corcoran, Cathy, Richard, Brian and family:You are all in my prayers and thoughts and I hope the many wonderful memories you each have will help...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Janice Barnes Scibelli
“Don (Cookie, you will always be) - To you and your beloved and dedicated family, our family wants you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers at...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Marie Merino ryan` - Melrose
“Cathy, Joan, Sue - I am sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. She was a wonderful person to know. I am so very sorry for your loss. I know...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Rose Gilfeather - Wakefield, MA
“To Sue,Sue I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved mom. She was a lucky lady to have such a wonderful, loving, caring, giving and compassionate...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: DONNA PIERCE - reading, MA
“I'm so sorry to hear about Shirley's passing, Cathy. She was a strong lady, and so very fortunate to be loved and cared for by you and your amazing...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Carolyn Schatz - Friend
“Cathy, Joan and Susan I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
7 of 15 | Posted by: Kevin Cann - Fitchburg, MA
“Shirley was a wonderful mother and wife. I also remember her fondly at the Fitch Home where she was a caring presence to her residents and a darn...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Andrea Taffe - North Palm Beach, FL
“Cathy, Richard, Brian and the entire Corcoran family on behalf of the Boudrot family our deepest sympathy for your loss. May fond memories of Cathy's...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Michelle Boudrot - MA - Family
“Mr. Corcoran,Cathy & family: My thoughts and prayers are with you. The memories of your mother will help your broken hearts. I remember sleep...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Gail Swanson - Saugus, MA
“Dear Don, Kathy, Susan, Joan and familyShirley was a dear friend who always brought laughter and smiles where ever she went. We have missed her very...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Joyce Lamb - Melrose, MA - Friend
“Dear Cookie and familySorry for your lossJoe Alabiso
12 of 15 | Posted by: Joseph Alabiso - Melrose, MA
“Sympathy and Prayers for all the family at this difficult time. Much love to Joan Starkey, Kerri, Scott, and Brooke. Rest in Peace Shirley.
13 of 15 | Posted by: Ann Fisher - Iuka, MS - Friend
“Joan send our prayers to you, your dad, and the rest off your family.
14 of 15 | Posted by: Gary & Kay Thomas (Brooke & Caleb's Missouri Gpa& Gma) - MO
“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague
Shirley E, (Crocker) Corcoran, of Melrose, died at home on March 13, 2017 at the age of 85. Shirley was born & raised in Melrose and a graduate of Melrose High School, Class of 1949. She was a lifelong Melrose resident and Activities Director for the Fitch Home in Melrose for many years. Shirley and her husband enjoyed traveling to Florida, Missouri, Aruba, St. Thomas and Bermuda many times. She loved vacationing in Ossipee, Littleton & Alton Bay, NH. Shirley was a very caring person who would always take care of everyone and her family was the most important part of her life. She was the beloved wife of Donald F. Corcoran for 64 years. Loving mother of Cathy A. Dunne & her husband Richard of Melrose, Joan M. Starkey of Missouri and Susan J. Simeola & her husband Mark of Melrose. Cherished grandmother of Kerri, Brian, Michael, Scott, Stacey, Brooke and the late Chris Dunne. Great grandmother of Trayven, Alissa, Mckenzie, Lance and Charlotte. Caring sister of the late Jean Leahy. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives & friends. Visiting hours will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Friday, March 17th from 4-7PM. Funeral from the Gately Funeral Home on Saturday, March 18th at 10AM. Relatives & friends respectfully invited to attend. Burial in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Christopher P. Dunne Foundation, 57 Appleton St., Melrose, MA 02176.