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Shelly J. McGuiggan

May 22, 1955 - September 13, 2021

Shelly J. McGuiggan

May 22, 1955 - September 13, 2021


Obituary For Shelly J. McGuiggan

Danvers - Shelly Jean McGuiggan age 66, passed away on Monday, September 13, 2021 surrounded by family and the blessings of loved ones.

Shelly was born to beloved parents, Ruth "Jeannie" Raffo and Daniel E. McGuiggan on May 22nd, 1955 in Melrose. She attended Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, where her enthusiasm was aptly employed as a member of the Basketball Cheerleading squad. She would go on to graduate from the Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in Boston, where she met lifelong friends.

She spent over 25 years in the Massachusetts Trial Probate and Family Court as a Judicial Secretary until her retirement in 2017. Shelly was regarded by her colleagues as a diligent worker and considerate mentor to others. She found a second career as an antiques dealer at the Bo-Mar Hall in Wells, Maine which gave her immense joy.

Her time was best spent with friends and family, especially her cherished cousins, on the North Shore and her family's cottage on Moody Beach on Wells, Maine. Shelly enjoyed skiing, playing golf, dancing to disco, bargain hunting, and making memories every day. Her vitality and love of life and others were unmatched and will be greatly missed.

Shelly's selfless legacy is marked by the innumerable lives she has changed through her generosity towards those in need. She will be remembered for her listening ear, bountiful advice, and contagious laughter as well as her legendary Fourth of July parties.

She is survived by her long-term partner, Mark Menici of Danvers and her two cherished children, Casey and Kyle O'Donnell of Danvers and New York City respectively, as well as countless grateful loved ones near and far. They can all find solace in knowing that she is peacefully reunited with her parents and beloved brother Danny McGuiggan.

Her family recognizes with gratitude the diligence and care provided to Shelly by the staff at Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center and Care Dimensions.

ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 17 Grove St., Lynnfield, Friday, September 17, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the Conway Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody, Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the York County Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 267, Kennebunk, ME 04043 (yorkcountyhabitat.org).

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  • We are so sorry to hear about Shelly's passing. We met as seventh graders and graduated high school together. She was so much fun. We will always remember her as smiling and laughing. She had a bubbly personality. May she rest in peace and be reunited with her brother and parents. With deep sympathy, Ann and Ernie Kappotis 💜

  • Mark,Casey & Kyle. I'm sorry to hear about your your loss, Shelly was a good friend & will be greatly miss by all who knew her. RIP Shelly.Colin

  • Dear Mark, Casey and Kyle, Shelly was a real light in our lives when working at the Probate Court. She was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. I send my deepest condolences to you. Nancy Putnam

  • Mark, Casey and Kyle our hearts are broken with the loss of Shelly. Let the wonderful memories provided you comfort in your journey during this time. She touched so many lives and may her spirit continue to live through all of you. Rest In Peace dear friend, Rest In Peace. Scott and Lori Judd

  • I worked with Shelly the last few years at BoMar and she was just such a ray of sunshine, positivity and a bunch of laughs! Just love her so much and so sorry for everything she has had to go thru the last few months. I miss her terribly but will always remember her laughter, smiles and friendship. Love to her family and friends ! Joyce Thompson

  • Dear Mark and family, I am more than sad for you all.. Shelly was so good to me and always there for me, with her strength and love.. she was a person I always looked up to..

  • Mark and Shelly's family, I am so sorry to hear of Shelly's passing. As we go through life there are certain friendships that you keep close to your heart and never forget and Shelly certainly was one of mine. I know if we had crossed paths again we would have picked up right where we left off. I am remembering all the great times and that wonderful smile. I hope your loving memories will help you through this difficult time. Sincerely, Diane Karamas.

  • Shelly was the most kind, generous, caring human being we know. She was a shining star in our lives and as close to an angel on earth as you can get. She will be dearly missed by everyone who was Blessed to know her. Mark, Casey, Kyle. . . there simply are no words to express our sorrow so I'll borrow some from Jim Brickman (one of Shelly's favorites). "If love is what we believe in, I'll see you in heavens first bright star. And if seeing is believing, I'll look into the skies and there you are, you're not that far, cause love is what we believe in. Now, love will break your heart, when you say goodbye, but love is worth the pain and all the tears you cry....AND you are in our hearts, and LOVE is what we believe in." We love you FOREVER, Tree & Rao

  • Our deepest condolences to Mark and Shelly's family. Truly very sorry and saddened to hear of Shelly's passing. There has been a hole in our hearts and she is sorely missed. Very fond memories of all our laughs and time together. Until we meet again . . . Peace and Blessings 🙏 - Bonnie & The Bo-Mar Hall Antiques & Collectibles Family

  • I am honored to have called Shelly my friend for so many years, we could talk for hours. She was always so kind and giving, my boys adored her. She will be deeply missed. My deepest condolences to Mark, Kyle, Casey, and to everyone's lives she touched.

  • We will all miss you so much Shelly. You were an amazing person that lit up every room you walked into. Your generosity and kindness towards our family never went unnoticed. We were all so lucky to have known you. ❤️

  • You will be dearly missed, Shelly. You lit up every room with your smiles and laughter. You fought many difficult battles and won them all with dignity. You were an inspiration to all. The joy you brought to Mark was only surpassed by the care and devotion he gave to you. You have left Casey and Kyle a beautiful legacy and a lifetime of wonderful memories. May you rest in peace.

  • Mark, Casey and Kyle RIP Shelly. Very sorry. All the great memories and stories. Our prayers are with you all. ❤️ Paula and Timmy.

  • To Mark and all of Shelly's family..our deepest condolences. We always loved being around Shelly and her beautiful smile. All of our times together will be remembered with love. Sending Prayers 🙏. Sharon and Roger

  • Mark, Casey and Kyle - Shelly was such a presence in our lives. She loved people and had a contagious laugh. She loved us, Gug and Holly's family and we were so lucky to know her and have her in our lives. I'll never forget how much she loved that 2020 Summer boat ride. Rest in peace

  • Mark, Casey and Kyle So sorry to hear of Shelly's passing. We have many fond memories of her, her Dad and Mark, at Moody Beach. Remember all the great memories and take comfort that she is not suffering. We pass along our deepest condolences to all of you. We are keeping all of you and Shelly in our prayers. God Bless. ❤️❤️🙏🙏

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