Army veteran, avid fisherman, loving husband
Henry Albert Shirley, 72, a lifelong Lee County resident, passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014 in Fort Myers. He was born May 12, 1942, in Tampa to Bill and Rose Shirley, now deceased.
Henry was a U.S. Army Veteran and a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. He was an avid fisherman and a devoted witness of God's word. Henry worked for the phone company for 37 years. He loved to travel and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Henry's friends and family were often entertained by his unique sense of humor. In his retirement Henry enjoyed creating beautifully detailed model boats all of which were lovingly created to spread God's word.
Henry is survived by his beloved wife of 36 years, Josephine Shirley of Ft. Myers; seven children, Henry Shirley, Jr. of Ft. Myers Beach, Theresa Jones (Glen) of Ft. Myers, Selena Beatty of Kansas, Shane Shirley (Lydia Aulen) of North Ft. Myers, Mary Ann Bolt (James) of Branson, MO, Lorraine Burt (Leo) of Ft. Myers and Christine Piper (Douglas) of Alva, FL; three siblings, Billy Shirley (Janet) of Tennessee, Janice Darner of Pine Island, FL and Dolores Goethie of North Fort Myers; as well as 16 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and 4 great, great grandchildren.
Along with his parents, Henry was preceded in death by a son, Joseph Errico; a granddaughter, Debbie Jarrell and a brother, Bobby Shirley.
Memorial services were held Tuesday, Aug. 5, at Mullins Memorial, 3645 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers. It is suggested that Memorial contributions in memory of Henry A. Shirley be made to Special Equestrians, 5121 Staley Road, Fort Myers, FL 33905 (SpecialEquestrians.net). Friends are invited to send condolences via the online guest book, which can be found at MullinsMemorial.com.