Shirley Reynolds McGarr

Northeast Harbor

Shirley R. McGarr died on April 21, 2021, at her home in Northeast Harbor. She was the daughter of Jackson L. Reynolds Sr. of Northeast Harbor and Florence Austin of Windham, Vt. She was born Jan. 7, 1926, in Tampa, Fla., and moved to Mount Desert Island at the age of 6 and considered the island her beloved home.

Shirley worked as a night telephone operator while in high school during World War II. She graduated Gilman High School in 1945 and attended the University of Maine in Orono. She was employed at MDI Hospital, Bar Harbor Savings & Loan Association, and spent 21 years at Medical Associates (now Cooper, Gilmore). She served on the board of MDI Nursing Service and was a member of St. Mary’s By the Sea and Northeast Harbor Women’s Club. She was a member of the MDI Chapter of DAR and an incorporator of MDI Hospital.

Shirley is survived by two sons, Dr. Scott McGarr and his wife, Charlene, of Dixmont and Jay Crosby McGarr of Bangor; and her grandchildren Dr. Sean McGarr, his wife, Amanda, and their family of Hallowell and Dr Kerry McGarr Empey, her husband, Dr. Philip Empey, and their family of Mars, Pa. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews whom she loved and cared for over the years. Shirley was predeceased by her parents, husband, Robert Elliot McGarr, two brothers, Jackson Lawrence Reynolds and Keith Austin Reynolds, sisters Beatrice Bradley and Eleanor Jorden and her lifelong friend Valerie Chase.

Special remembrances for important friends and their families who provided love and attention over the years: Lowell and Terrie Chase of Bangor, Kathleen and Bertram Branch of Seal Harbor, Carol Murray-Bumford of North Berwick, Eric and Janet Nordberg of Langhorne, Pa., Shirlee Smith and William M. Hogan III of Scarborough, Linda Rennebu of Cherryfield, Melanie Bowden of Bar Harbor and her dear friend Ruth Mitchel of Marietta, Ga. Special thanks to The Cahoon Care Associates and all the ladies who spent time caring and supporting her.

Plans for a memorial will be announced at a later date. Anyone wishing to make a contribution in Shirley’s memory may do so to SPCA of Hancock County, 141 Bar Harbor Road, Trenton, ME 04605 or The Mount Desert Nursing Association, P.O. Box 397, Northeast Harbor, ME 04662.

Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Condolences may be expressed at


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