Obituary of Jeffrey J. Shirley
Jeffrey J. Shirley, age 56, life resident of Lacona, passed away Wednesday at his home. Jeff was born May 14, 1963 in Syracuse, the son of William and Alta Ridgeway Shirley. He graduated from Sandy Creek High School in 1981. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from SUNY Cortland. He went on to earn a master’s degree in Education, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Study in Administration. Jeff was married to Carolyn Platt on November 19, 1988. He was employed by Pulaski Central School District as the Athletic Director for 15 years, retiring in 2019. He was previously employed as an Assistant High School Principal at Paul V. Moore High School in Central Square for three years, and a Physical Education teacher at Sandy Creek School District for 15 years.
He wrestled on the SUNY Delhi National Championship Team, as well as for SUNY Cortland. During his teaching career, Jeff enjoyed coaching wrestling and football. As an athletic director, he embodied good sportsmanship and athletic integrity. Jeff loved his family, especially his wife and three sons. He enjoyed supporting his sons’ athletic and academic endeavors, as well as spending time hunting and fishing with them. Jeff epitomized kindness and respect.
Surviving are his wife, Carolyn, three sons, Troy (Kaitlyn) Shirley of Hilton, NY, Matthew Shirley of Greensboro, NC and John Shirley of Hamburg, NY, two brothers, Ronald (Nancy) Shirley and Thomas (Michelle) Shirley both of Lacona, one grandson, Jackson Shirley of Hilton and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 18th at the Foster-Hax Funeral Home, 52 Park Street, Pulaski with a spring burial at the convenience of the family. Calling hours will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday February 17th at the funeral home.
Donations in Jeff’s memory may be made to the Pulaski School District c/o Jeff Shirley Memorial Scholarship, 2 Hinman Road, Pulaski, NY 13142.