Shirley (Joseph) Fitch
Fitch, 84, a longtime and proud Essex native, died Wednesday,
March 2, 2011 in her daughter’s Ipswich home following a long
illness. She was the wife of the late Don Arthur Fitch.
Born in Essex
August 21, 1926, daughter of the late Arthur and Mildred W.
(Day) Joseph, she was raised in Essex and was a member of the
first graduating class from Essex to graduate from Gloucester.
As a young woman she worked as a bookkeeper at the former Bill
Swett’s Grocery in Essex, during the war she was employed at Hy-Grade
Company in Ipswich, and for several years she waitressed at
Ship Ahoy and Farnham's in Essex. Saturday after work at the
Ship Ahoy she’d walk home to the Falls, returning downtown to
the Grange for the last two sets of dances. Married in 1948, the
Fitchs made their home and raised their family on Western
bowling, dancing and knitting for her family and friends. Mrs.
Fitch was a lifetime member of the Essex Grange and a member
of the Pythian Sisters.
She is survived
by a son, Dayton Fitch and his wife Cynthia of Vale, AZ; four
daughters, Tina Heath of New Bedford, Penny Gaffney and her
husband James of the Berkshires, Jill Robinson and her husband
William of Ipswich and Julie Tucker of Ipswich; eight
grandchildren, Dawn Savageau, Jason Landry, Tessa Landry, Noel
Mitchell, Daphne Gunter, Dillon Robinson, Audrey Tucker and
Abigail Tucker; six great grandchildren and a brother, Thomas
Joseph of Essex.
service will be held Thursday March 10, 11 am graveside in the
Spring Street Cemetery, Essex. Family
and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are
Wednesday 4 to 8 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High
Street, Ipswich. Memorial contributions in her name may be made
to a charity of one’s choice.