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764 Farmington Avenue
New Britain, CT 06053
Phone: (860) 229-9006
Fax: (860) 229-9007
Matthew Shirley

Matthew E. Shirley

Monday, February 15th, 1932 - Wednesday, December 19th, 2018
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Matthew E. Shirley, 86, of New Britain, Ct., passed away peacefully Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at home. Matthew was born in New Britain, Ct. and was the son of the late Matthew D. and Alice (LaGasse) Shirley. He worked for several years for Southern New England Telephone Company, retiring as a manager in 1988. Matthew served honorably with the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the Elks Lodge #957, the Bristol Fish & Game Club, the DAV and the VFW.

Matthew is survived by his wife, Helene (Bourret) Shirley of New Britain, his daughter Lisa Kiley of New Britain, his two sons, James Shirley and his wife, Lori of Berlin, Thomas Shirley and his wife, Deborah of Bristol, and his daughter-in-law, Deena Shirley of Bristol; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Matthew was predeceased by his son, Edward Shirley, his daughter, Karen Shirley, his brother, Raymond Shirley and his sister, Penelope Bissonette.

Funeral rites for Matthew will be held Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. with the procession departing at 9 a.m. from the Paul A. Shaker Funeral Home, 764 Farmington Ave., New Britain, CT, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 655 East Street, New Britain, CT. Burial with full military honors rendered by the United States Air Force will be in St. Mary Cemetery, 1141 Stanley Street, New Britain, CT. The American flag will be presented to Mr. Shirley’s wife, Helene. Relatives and friends may call at the Paul A. Shaker Funeral Home, Friday from 4-7 p.m. Directions to funeral home I-84 east or west, exit 37 (Fienemann Rd.), right off exit – one mile down on right. The Elks Lodge #957 will hold a ritual Friday at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Center, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256. The Shirley family extends a special thanks to Hartford Health Care Cancer & Hospice Center. To extend condolences to the Shirley family or to share a memory of Matt, please visit SHAKERFUNERALHOME.COM
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  • Visitation

    Friday, December 21st, 2018 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, December 21st, 2018 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Paul A. Shaker Funeral Home
    764 Farmington Avenue
    NEW BRITAIN, CT 06053
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  • Service

    Saturday, December 22nd, 2018 | 10:00am
    Saturday, December 22nd, 2018 10:00am
    St. John the Evangelist Church
    655 East Street
    NEW BRITAIN, CT 06053
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    Rev. Ron Smith
  • Interment

    St. Mary Cemetery
    1141 Stanley Street
    NEW BRITAIN, CT 06051
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  • Reception

    Angelico's Restaurant
    542 East Main Street
    new britain, CT 06051
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Posted at 09:33am
I am so sorry for your loss please take comfort in the Bible's promises at Acts 24:15.

Dottie Zellous

Posted at 09:16am
My sincere condolences to the Shirley. I had the pleasure of working with Matt at SNETCO. He was always willing to help and share his knowledge with me. He was such a gentleman. I know he will be missed.


Posted at 09:40am
My condolences to the family. May "the God of all comfort" (2 Corinthians 1:3) be with you in your time of need.


Posted at 09:40am
I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the words at Psalms 34:18.

Cynthia Braga

Posted at 05:42pm
For my friend Lisa Kiley in memory of her Dad Matthew E Shirley
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