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Shirley Clarke Tamposi

Sep 23, 2022

Shirley Clarke Tamposi, 96, died Sept. 17, 2022, at home with her loving husband, Jim, and her children by her side. Born in Somerville, Massachusetts, on Aug. 3, 1926, she was the daughter of Goodhand and Rebecca (Bursey) Clarke. She was a resident of Nashua since her marriage and spent 40 years, wintering in Crystal River, Florida.

After graduating from Mount Ida Junior College, she thoroughly enjoyed her working years at Mass General Hospital.

She married James N. Tamposi in 1953, and became an active citizen of Nashua, first working at Sanders Associates and then raising her four sons. For many years, she volunteered at Nashua Memorial Hospital, where she served as secretary to the auxiliary and also enjoyed weekly service with her sister, Anne, in the hospital coffee shop. Most importantly, Shirley was a devoted wife, mother and friend to many. She was a positive, joyful soul who will be missed by all. She was deeply loved by her survivors, including her husband, Jim, who turned 103 in June, and her sons, James N. Tamposi Jr. and wife, Meredith, Douglas C. Tamposi and wife, Anne, Jon J. Tamposi and wife, Mary, and Robert W. Tamposi and his partner, Michelle Cool.

Additionally, she leaves nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild, with whom she shared her love of cards, cribbage, tennis and all things fun and family. She also leaves her fun-loving, best friend, daughter-she-never-had, Judith Barker McGonagle.

Shirley was predeceased by her sister, Anne Parkhurst of Hollis; and her brothers, G. Arthur Clarke of Foxboro, Massachusetts, G. Herbert Clarke of Avon, Connecticut, and William Taggard of Long Beach, California.

Shirley’s family also wishes to acknowledge the care and kindness provided by all of her caregivers, including nieces Carol Studley, Martha Lancourt, and Judy Clarke.

At Shirley’s request, services will be at a later date. Anyone who wishes may make a donation in her honor, may do so to the New Hampshire Aviation Museum at 27 Navigator Road, Londonderry, N.H. 03053.

To leave an online condolence message, please visit www.farwellfuneralservice.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Farwell Funeral Service Inc. 18 Lock St., Nashua, N.H.