In Memory of




Obituary for Shirley A. McHugh

We lost our beautiful Nana and mom on Valentines day, the perfect day to be surrounded by love with her children and grandchildren who shared stories & celebrated her life with her.

Shirl the Pearl as she was affectionately known, was married to the love of her life, John G. McHugh Sr. for 66 years who pre-deceased her as well as her son Gerry. Her children, Kate, Johnny, Billy and his wife Kristen, Dennis and his wife Laura were by her side as were her true favorites, her grandchildren who loved their Nana, Taylor, Caroline, Kaitlyn and her husband Evan, Bridget, Courtney and her husband Jake, Maggie, Billy and his wife Georgia, Shannon, Timmy and his fiancé Olivia, John and Shane.

Born in Cambridge, MA on March 14, 1934, she was the daughter of Elden A. Walsh and Jean (Hart) Walsh. She was a proud graduate of St. Mary's High School. Shirley was the sister of Mary Duffy and her pre-deceased brothers, John, Robert and his wife Nancy, Billy and his wife Kay Walsh. She had a very special love for her in-laws Dan and Maureen McHugh, Julie and Francis McHugh, Madonna Basilici and Kevin and Maureen McHugh as well as an abundance of nieces and nephews.

Shirley had many friends and neighbors. Her door was always open and you could never leave on an empty stomach or without a cup of her magic tea. She lived in her beloved “58” for 66 years and was the self proclaimed Queen of Auburndale.

Shirley took great pride in her career which included being a expert bookkeeper, secretary and worked at Fernald State Hospital until her retirement after 13 years making many friends that lasted to this day. She was the one who always brought the treats for her co-workers and residents to share.

Shirley and her husband, John, also owned the Auburndale Gulf as well as the Auburndale Café, a local family pub, where everyone was family and she was a jack of all trades from chief cook to bartender.

Everyday was Christmas to Shirley. Her home was filled year round with Christmas lights. Her love of life, always dancing in the kitchen, singing karaoke, her world famous trips to the dollar tree store, her silk garden, love for her many cats and dogs and the fun she had with her best friend and sister Mary making friends, people watching and enjoying her penny slots at Encore were just a few of the magical things about Shirley.

She sparkled everywhere she went. The queen of Bedazzling, Shirl The Pearl will be our forever valentine and forever missed.

Her services will be held at Burke & Blackington Funeral Home Friday, March 1st from 4-7pm, with the Funeral Mass to follow on Saturday, March 2nd at 11am at St Bernard’s Church on 1523 Washington St, West Newton, MA. Please join us for a celebration of her life with a reception (at the old AC) now known as Ward 4— 277 Auburn St, Newton.