Obituary: Shirley R. Petillo – Portland Press Herald –

8January 2021

Shirley R. Petillo PORTLAND– Shirley R. Petillo, 94, of Portland, passed away in the house in her sleep on Jan. 4, 2021. She was born in Seal Cove, Grand Manan, New Brunswick, Canada, on Feb. 1, 1926. Shirley was the daughter of Albert and Pearl Brown Ripley. Her family relocated to Calais, Maine when she was simply a years of age.

She typically spoke of the farm where she grew up and went to the regional schools. Shirley played on the basketball group at Calais Academy, before her household moved to Portland, where she finished her senior year from Portland High School, class of 1943.

After graduation, Shirley ended up being a hair stylist, where she made numerous life-long pals, spending much time together at Sebago Lake and on a bowling team. Shirley later on ended up being a secretary on the Portland waterside, where she satisfied her other half Gavin. They were wed on Might 3, 1952 and had a 57-year marital relationship, before Gavin’s death in 2009.

Shirley worked as a secretary and office manager for numerous business, consisting of Ametek, MBI Security, and USG&G Insurance. She was never too hectic to help her children, grandchildren or anyone else. She constantly put others initially, constantly pulling for the underdog, frequently with words of support. Shirley was a spry 94-year-old, keeping her self-reliance living at home, looking after herself and driving her automobile. She took pleasure in going out in the warm weather condition, doing backyard work and going for walks in her area, of 56 years, where she was surrounded by lots of caring next-door neighbors.

Shirley was predeceased by her hubby Gavin; a granddaughter Aviana Petillo; her sis Verna Beek, Annie Ross and Olive Ross. She is endured by two children, Paul of South Portland, Frank and his spouse Terry of Bethel; six grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.

Because of Covid-19 constraints, a small household service will be held at the A.T. Hutchins Funeral Service Home, 660 Brighton Ave, Portland, followed by an interment in Calvary Cemetery.

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