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Death of popular Cavan jeweller

Story by Sean McMahon

Tuesday, 16th February, 2016 2:34pm

Death of popular Cavan jeweller

The late Shirley Sherriff, Jeweller, Main Street, Cavan, at her jewellery stand at the wedding fair in the Hotel Kilmore in February 1986. This photo is from the Celt archives.

There was widespread shock and sadness in Cavan Town and well beyond, when news circulated at the weekend that popular Cavan Town Jeweller, Shirley Sherriff from Drumnavanagh Close had passed away at Cavan General Hospital.
Blessed with an entrepreneurial flair for business in the high street, the ever friendly and polite Shirley was a member of the Pratt family at Drumconnick, Cavan. The eldest of a family of eight, she established her jewellery business at Main Street in Cavan all of 52 years ago. Shirley showed her vision for business by attending wedding fairs, which were in their infancy in the ’80s. There was also a hairdressing business located at the rear of the jeweller shop.
Young couples enjoyed visiting Shirley Sherriff Jewellers over the decades to purchase their engagement rings. She imparted her advice in a relaxed and informative manner to ensure the couple got exactly what they wanted.
Shirley was always full of life and had a wonderful sense of fun and never complained. A chat over a cup of tea was Shirley’s beautiful way of putting everything back on an even keel in life. She had diverse hobbies and they included the local whist drives and the collecting of antiques.
Shirley had a definite interest in people and their welfare and her easy relaxed manner put customers and people she encountered along the road of life very much at ease.
The esteem in which she was held in the business community was reflected by the massive numbers that flocked to her home on Monday and the large attendance at her Funeral in Cavan Parish Church today (Tuesday). She was laid to rest in Kilmore Parish Graveyard.
Shirley is survived by her daughter Karen and son Edwin. Shirley was predeceased by her late husband, William Sherriff, a native of Kingscourt. She is also survived by her brothers Nigel, Abraham, Belder and Bertie and sister Valerie Somerville, Beryl Harris and Dorothy Dorran.

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