Shirley McGarrigle

Obituary of Shirley Forsythe McGarrigle

Shirley Forsythe McGarrigle, 94, of Largo passed away February 24, 2024, at Mease Dunedin Hospital in Dunedin, FL. Shirley was born and raised in Custer Washington and was the baby of the family. She moved to Seattle when she was eighteen. She met Chuck McGarrigle when she was 19 years of age. They fell in love and married on August 26, 1950. Shirley worked at Seaboard Finance prior to having children. Shirley was a devoted wife and mother. Chuck’s career took them from Seattle to Chicago in 1969 and then to Florida in 1973 and back to Chicago in 1976. They moved to Raleigh North Carolina in 1985 once Chuck retired from Continental Can Company. They lived in North Carolina for 5 years where they enjoyed playing golf, visiting with friends, and traveling back and forth to Florida where their children and grandchildren lived. Shirley and Chuck made the move back to Florida in 1990 to be closer to family and to enjoy their retirement years. They loved to travel and play golf. They made five trips across the country visiting friends, playing golf, and enjoying the beauty of our Country and Canada. Her favorite trips always included a trip home to Custer, WA to visit family. She also spent many hours at her grandchildren’s sporting events. In her later years, she enjoyed spending time with family and friends and taking her daily walks.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles "Chuck" McGarrigle, parents, James, and Elizabeth Forsythe; siblings, Harry Forsythe, Janet Mullikin, James Forsythe, and Allister "Choke" Forsythe. Shirley is survived by her son Scott McGarrigle (Cindy), daughter Kathleen Stirling, grandchildren Craig McGarrigle, Brian McGarrigle (Arriane) and Amy Robinson (Matt), great-grandchildren Macee, Arabella, Matthew, and Charlotte.


The family will host an open house to celebrate Shirley’s life on Saturday, March 23 from 1:00-4:00 at the home of Rob and Jen Curls at 643 Belted Kingfisher Drive, North, Palm Harbor, FL 34683.


The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America or your favorite charity.

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