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Shirley Drinkwater

December 7, 1940 — January 30, 2022

Shirley Drinkwater

Shirley ( Deveney ) Drinkwater of Stoneham passed away peacefully at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers on January 30, 2022 at the age of 81.
Born in Franklin, NH, December 7, 1940, daughter of the late Walter W. and Margaret (Soley) Arnold and sister of Margaret Deshaies and her husband Roger of Chelmsford.

Shirley was a lifelong resident of Stoneham and graduate of Stoneham High School Class of 1958. She will be remembered for her love and passion for figure skating. In her youth she was a competitive figure skater with the Commonwealth Figure Skating Club in Lynn. Her passion for the sport led to a 25 year career. She was a long time member, coach, and show choreographer with the North Shore Figure Skating Club and ran a Learn-to-Skate program at the MDC Flynn Rink in Medford. Upon retiring from skating, she held several positions as a Medical Secretary in the Winchester Hospital system and most recently as a Traffic Director for the Town of Stoneham. She liked to keep busy and enjoyed gardening, biking, candlepin bowling and family trips to Lake Winnipesaukee.
Shirley was the beloved wife of Robert J. Drinkwater to whom she was married 29 years. Her love of music and dancing led them to meet at the Wonderland Ballroom. Together they enjoyed traveling, attending music & jazz festivals, car shows and long adventurous car rides.

Beloved "Mom" of Debora A. Serrano and husband Dennis of Wakefield, Shirley L. Trant and husband Robert of Wakefield, Margaret (Dede) Donato and husband Donald of Virginia and Michael Noren and wife Celia of Saugus.

Proud "Grammy" of grandchildren Matthew, Caitlin, Jennifer, Sara, Laura, Christina and great-grandchildren Dominic, Victoria, Adrianna & Michael Jr.

She is survived by step-daughter Kelly ( Drinkwater ) Crowther and husband Robert of Wareham, and their children Matthew and Ryan.
Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the McDonald-Finnegan Funeral Home, 322 Main St. Stoneham on Sunday February 6 from 1-4 p.m. Funeral Service to be held in the funeral home on Monday February 7 at 11:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Shirley's name to the
United States Figure Skating Association - Memorial Fund https://www.usfigureskating.org/support/donate/memorial-fund
or to Kaplan Family Hospice House 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923
https://www.caredimensions.org/giving/ways-to-give/memorials.cfm


Visitation

Sunday, February 06
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

McDonald - Finnegan Funeral Home
322 Main St.
Stoneham, MA 02180
(781) 439-0405

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Funeral Service

Monday, February 07
11:30 AM

McDonald - Finnegan Funeral Home
322 Main St.
Stoneham, MA 02180
(781) 439-0405

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