Obituary: Shirley Gasner

Sat, 10/20/2012 - 2:28pm

Shirley M. Gasner passed away on August 27 at age 95, in her own bed as she wished, on Block Island, where she lived for the last 40 years.

At various times, she lived in The Olympic Tower in Manhattan; in Harbourtown on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; and in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

She was most known for her great sense of style, the astuteness of her eye, and the accuracy with which she cast a lure.

Her husband, Walter, whom she has predeceased, was devoted to her.

During their 75 years of marriage, he took her everywhere.

She, in turn, sculpted him, had him grow a mustache and dress as if he were going on safari.

Long before her four children were born, she taught him to walk like Cary Grant and smile like Clark Gable.

The first car she had him purchase in the early 1950s when they moved to Westchester County from New York City, where they both were born, was a Jaguar sports car, slate gray with red leather interior.

At that time, she drove a Mercury station wagon with all of her children and a variety of adopted dogs in tow, then a long line of Fords.

On Block Island, she preferred to drive Jeeps.

At the end of her life, she was surrounded by her husband, her children, her nine grandchildren, and her seven great-grandchildren, who were the love of her final days.