Shirley Aldrich Porter, 83, of Fayetteville, New York, passed away on July 15, 2021.
Born and raised in Norwich, NY, Shirley graduated from Norwich High School. Her first job was with Norwich Bank & Trust. She moved to Syracuse in 1958 and worked at First Trust & Deposit and then at Agway as an executive secretary until 1980, when she retired.
Shirley had a passion for sports, especially SU basketball and the Boston Red Sox. If there was a significant sporting event taking place, you could be sure that Shirley was watching. She also enjoyed counted cross stitch, often blessing others with her work. However, the true love of Shirley’s life was her best friend and late husband Gil. It was common for them to address one another as “dear” and their loving relationship influenced many family members and friends throughout 39 years of marriage. They also found joy in serving others, such as leading the “Living with Loss” grief group at DeWitt Community Church. They were also active in a Bible study group at the church.
Shirley was predeceased by Gilbert H. Porter, whom she married on June 10, 1978. She was also predeceased by her father Wesley Aldrich, her mother Doris Lamphier, her stepfather Fay Lamphier and her sister-in-law Elaine Aldrich.
She is survived by her brother Wesley Aldrich of Alabama, and two nephews – James (Sara) Aldrich of Alabama, and Peter (Dalila) Aldrich of Texas; a step-sister, Gloria (Paul) Mulligan of Hamilton, NY. Other survivors include a great nephew and his children, as well as her late husband’s daughters, Lynne Porter of Vermont, and Leigh (Fred) Johnstone of Vermont, along with seven grandchildren, great grandchildren and two very close friends, Patricia Delledera and Carol Brown.
A celebration of Shirley’s life will be on July 30, 2021 at 11:00am in the sanctuary of DeWitt Community Church, 3600 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse, NY 13214. All are welcome to attend.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Shirley’s memory can be made to DeWitt Community Church.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St., Sherburne, NY.
To send a condolence and sign the Book of Memories online go to www.burgessandtedescofuneralhomes.com