Sylvia L. Shipton

Ayer, Massachusetts

1940 - 2019 (Age 79)


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Sylvia L. (Langlois) Shiptonof Shirley; 79 SHIRLEY - Sylvia L. (Langlois) Shipton, 79, of Shirley, died Saturday morning, August 31, 2019 in her home surrounded by her family.She was born in Stoneham, MA on July 30, 1940, a daughter of the late George and Mary Langlois and grew up in Ayer,...

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1985, Lambert's Hardware...
In the corner building next to the Pic, I had just met my now longtime friend Jim, and in walks a lady who looks at me and asks, " Jimmy, who is this young man ?" That is how I met Sylvia. Had quite a few chats on the sidewalk at the post office, a few in town hall, but more often at Lambert's Hardware, where everybody got to know names over a small coffee, only if you were lucky enough to attain that offering and get up to speed on town issues....

As Shirley's Town Clerk, Sylvia was one of the first people I met after moving to Shirley with my husband and two young children more than 30 years ago. More than a town official, she was a genuine New England character, by choice, and the go-to person for just about everything a resident might want to know, as she told me.
Turned out, she had it all down, from where to look for a job to where to buy fresh produce. Locally! As a reporter for the then-Nashoba Publishing, I often went to...

Cliff and Family,
Our deepest condolences for your loss. Sylvia was an exceptional person. Always smiling and taking time for anyone she bumped into. Jon and I will always remember the day we went to get our marriage license from her back in the day and we joked and laughed the whole time:-) She will be missed. You are all in our thoughts.