Bonita Springs, FL — Shirley Nimblett Porter, 77, passed away in her home in Bonita Springs, Fla., on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. She grew up in Peabody, Mass. and graduated from Peabody High School in 1955. She was the wife of Ronald Porter, with whom she celebrated 33 years of marriage. She and Mr. Porter started Portlyn Corporation in 1970, a very successful aerospace and medical device manufacturing company and ran it until she retired in 1990. Shirley enjoyed traveling, especially to the tropics, boating, golf and was an avid Red Sox fan, attending games at Fenway with her friends when she could. She was known for her “mean game of Liar’s Poker.” She divided her time between her home in Florida, and her lakefront home in New Hampshire. She was predeceased by siblings, Edith Beaulieu, and Thomas Nimblett.
She leaves her husband, Ronald Porter; sisters, Barbara McMahon of Amesbury, Mass., Carol Lebel and Virginia Castonguay, both of Peabody, and Majorie Scott of Lighthouse Point, Fla. She was devoted to her stepchildren, David Porter and his wife, Sally, Susan Croteau and her husband, Denis, Lisa Hill and her husband, Michael, Leanne Brunelle and her husband, Gary; she loved spending time with her 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: There will be no services. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date, in New Hampshire. In lieu of flowers, you may choose to make a donation in her memory to The COPD Foundation.
Online condolences may be made at www.shikanyfuneralhome.com.