Shirley Glickman
1925 - 2021
Shirley (Green) Glickman of Boca Raton, FL, formerly of Belmont, peacefully passed away on Monday, March 22, 2021. She was 95 years old. For 60 years, she was the adored wife of the late Dr. E. Albert Glickman. She was also the adored and devoted mother of Barbara and Dr. Donald Grenadir, Paula Glickman and Brian Appel, and Rena Glickman; and the cherished grandmother of Dr. Jonathan Grenadir and Li Bing Appel. Shirley grew up in Chelsea, where, after graduating from UMass Amherst in 1947, she returned to teach elementary school. She met Al in Old Orchard Beach, ME in 1948 and they were married in 1950. Soon afterwards, they moved to Belmont, where they raised their three daughters and became founding members of Beth El Temple. In the subsequent 50+ years they lived there, she was active in the local Hadassah, the temple Sisterhood, the League of Women Voters, and the Harvard Semitic Museum. Shirley delighted daily in the big and small things in life: classical music (especially Italian operas) and Brigham's mocha almond ice cream; life-long learning and the birdsong outside her kitchen window; the beauty of fine art and flowers and the regular fits of uncontrollable laughter with her family. Shirley had an all-encompassing love for family and friends, and a remarkable ability to deeply connect with strangers. We will forever miss her kindness, intelligence and excitement for life. Remembrances/donations may be made to: Perkins School for the Blind, 175 North Beacon St., Watertown, MA 02472 ( or call 617-972-7328).
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Published by The Belmont Citizen-Herald from Apr. 6 to Apr. 7, 2021.
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We were three girl families summering in Rocky Neck. Two trios of girl pals with pair of close gal pals, we came of age in an enshrined era.
Shirley amused us, the irreverent mom who ribbed Gertrude about her disastrous blueberry pie. Shirley stunned us, the supermodel mom at the temple with her riveting glamour. Shirley surprised us, the resourceful mom grabbing a napkin to say the bracha. Shirley adored us, the nurturer who doted on other kids as her own. "Those were the days." she intoned when we reminisced last year on the happier, earlier times when we were all still together. My mother hid her illness from her pal which panged her. Gertrude was gone and Shirley was cheated of a chance to say goodbye. Shirley cried all summer.
Now that Shirley, our Lady Astor as she was dubbed in her later years, is gone so sadly, I will cry all summer. I can hear her frequent laughter, her sage counsel, and her expressions of unbounded tenderness.
My wish is that these two devoted gal pals reunite in heaven even if it's pie in the sky.
Blair Sorrel
May 13, 2021
Shirley Glickman was an exceptionally fine, decent and caring person, as was her husband Albert. It was a privilege to have known both of them.
Jane Shapiro
April 9, 2021
My mother (Jackie Winer Wein) and Shirley were good friends at UMass (or, as they called it, “Mass. State). I loved my mother’s sorority stories. Maybe they’re somewhere now reminiscing.
Paulette Wein
April 7, 2021