SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

September 14, 2013

Milton L. Gershaw


Peabody — Milton L. Gershaw, 91, of Peabody, formerly of Beverly, passed away on August 29 with his family by his side. He was the beloved husband of the late Marjorie (Cushing) Gershaw, formerly of Lowell, with whom he shared 47 years of marriage; and the devoted son of the late Louis and Edith (Lovett) Gershaw of Beverly. He leaves his loving children, Scott Gershaw of Danvers, Gary Gershaw of Los Angeles, Calif., and Lori Gershaw of Arlington, Va.; his cherished grandchildren, David and Rachel Gershaw; and his former daughter-in-law, Jo Ann Gershaw; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Born in 1922, Milton grew up during the Great Depression. He graduated from Beverly High School in 1939, and then earned his Associates Degree in Business from Burdette College. During World War II, he served on the Coast Guard Cutter U.S.S. Laurel in the North Atlantic responsible for Search and Rescue. After the war, he became a fur merchant and owned a successful fur shop, “Milton Gershaw Furs,” in Boston for over 40 years.

He married Margie in 1955, moved to Peabody in 1958, and together they built a happy family life. He enjoyed spending time with his family and could always be counted on for a laugh. He was an honorable man who worked hard to provide for his family and was loved by all who knew him.

Services were held September 1, at Temple Beth Shalom in Peabody and he was interred at Sharon Memorial Park. Donations in his memory may be made to Temple Beth Shalom in Peabody.