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.
He 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. He worked for the phone company for 37 years. He loved to travel and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. His friends and family were often entertained by his unique sense of humor. In his retirement, he enjoyed creating beautifully detailed model boats all of which were lovingly created to spread God's word.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 36 years, Josephine Shirley of Fort Myers; seven children, Henry Shirley Jr. of Fort Myers Beach, Theresa Jones (Glen) of Fort Myers, Selena Beatty of Kansas, Shane Shirley (Lydia Aulen) of North Fort Myers, Mary Ann Bolt (James) of Branson, Mo., Lorraine Burt (Leo) of Fort Myers and Christine Piper (Douglas) of Alva, Fla.; three siblings, Billy Shirley (Janet) of Tennessee, Janice Darner of Pine Island and Dolores Goethie of North Fort Myers; as well as 16 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
Henry Albert Shirley
Along with his parents, Mr. Shirley was preceded in death by a son, Joseph Errico; a granddaughter, Debbie Jarrell; and a brother, Bobby Shirley.
Memorial services will be held 2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 5, at Mullins Memorial, 3645 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers, with Father Anthony Hewitt officiating.
It is suggested that memorial contributions in memory of Henry A. Shirley be made to Special Equestrians, 5121 Staley Road, Fort Myers FL 33905 (www.specialequestrians.net)
Friends are invited to send condolences via the on-line guest book which can be found at www.MullinsMemorial.com. Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care.