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“I was truly blessed to meet Shirley through the religious education program at St. Joseph's Church. She would give a talk to the Confirmation class...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Mark Mosman - Acquaintance

“I have many fond memories of cousin Shirley and her Husband Al. What a beautiful couple and an inspiration in love. Shirley had a great sense of...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Jewels Coye-Battaglino and Family - AZ

“I will cherish memories of Shirley forever, she was nothing short of a sweet person, a real hoot. Nothing would keep her down. Her memory is...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Donna David - Waltham, MA

“My Aunt Shirley was as golden as it gets. To our family she became a hero, a leader, a friend. She typed me letters when I was a small child, she...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: M. Michelle Aucoin - Santa Fe, NM

“Dear Geoffrey,We are deeply saddened by the news of Shirley's passing. We pray that knowing she has gone home will bring you peace. Shirley...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Diane Vezeau - Waltham, MA

“I am very sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. Shirley's mother Sophie, and my grandmother Yvonne Daigle, were dear friends. Many parties were held at...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Paul Aucoin - Friend

“Sorry to hear of Shirley passing. Heaven gained another angel. She was a dear friend. ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Louise Savoy - Canasn, ME

“I remember fondly my Aunt Shirley. She was always happy, always smiling. She had a great sense of humor and could tell a wicked joke.Aunt Shirley led...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Geoffrey Aucoin - Family

“Shirley was a beautiful child of God! I'm sure she is in heaven with her husband & family, especially Billy who died so young. RIP Shirley! ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Elaine Harvey - Waltham - Friend

Shirley with her husband Al in December 1985 “May Shirley rest in peace with her Husband Al in the arms of God always! ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Darryl Sarno Sarno - Winthrop, MA

Christmas 1985, Al & Shirley at Al's sister Valerie's house “Shirley is now with her husband Al. There is no doubt in my mind that they are together in heaven, both as saints. There were the most beautiful...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Valerie & Andrew Sarno - MA

“Jeff,I am so sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. She was an inspiration to all and always had a smile and great conversation. Uncle Charlie would...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Pam Feeley - Milford, MA


Waltham – Mrs. Shirley M. (Aucoin) Crawford, of Waltham, died Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at CareOne at Newton. She was 87.

Shirley was born in Boston, a daughter of the late Levi and Sophie (Doucet) Aucoin, and had been a lifelong Waltham resident. Afflicted with cerebral palsy, Shirley was surrounded by the love, care, affection and encouragement of her parents and brothers. She attended Saint Pierre's School before transferring to and graduating from, the Industrial School in Boston, the precursor to the Cotting School in Lexington.

With determination and effort Shirley worked for more than twenty years at Waltham Hospital where she made many lifelong friends. At an Industrial School reunion she met fellow graduate Albert Crawford and the pair later married. The couple enjoyed more than twenty-five years together before Al's death in February, 2005.

She leaves her brother, Geoffrey Aucoin of Waltham; her sisters and brother-in-law, Helen Aucoin of Framingham, Jacqueline Aucoin of Santa Fe, New Mexico and Andrew Sarno of Marstons Mills and several nieces, nephews, cousins and their families.

Shirley was also the sister of the late George, John and William Aucoin.

Family and friends will honor and remember Shirley's life by gathering for calling hours on Monday, March 25th, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street, (Rte. 20), Waltham and again Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. before leaving in procession to Saint Julia's Church, 374 Boston Post Road, Weston, where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Waltham.