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September 04, 2022


Gail Rose Cranshaw, 80, of South Boston, MA, passed away on 04 September 2022.

She was born to parents David J. d’Entremont and Redina A. (Surette) d’Entremont, on 21 November 1941 in Boston , MA. Gail graduated from St. Clare High School in Roslindale, MA. She went on to study at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology and graduated with an Associates degree in electrical engineering.

Gail worked as a secretary and copy room manager for 12 years for the City of Boston School Committee. She enjoyed watching the Boston Bruins, naming Johnny Bucyk and Bobby Orr as her favorites. She loved to tell the story of telling her doctor that she had a family of “puck heads” to which he replied, tongue firmly in cheek, “that makes you the mother pucker.” Gail had a talent painting in water colors. She enjoyed watching the Boston Celtics with her partner Joe O’Donnell. She also enjoyed family cookouts where she could interact with her extended family.

Gail met William F. Cranshaw and were married on 8 September 1960. Together they raised 3 children: William P., Lisa G., and Gregory D. They lived in Dorchester, Mattapan, Dorchester again and finally South Boston. They spent summers in New Hampshire’s Lake Region of the White Mountains swimming, canoeing, and fishing.

Gail is survived by her partner Joseph O’Donnell, son William and his wife Nancy, daughter Lisa (late husband Charles Lewis), son Gregory and his wife Christine. She was Grandmere, “Gro”, to Billy, Stacey, Matthew and his wife Robin, Gregory, and Allison. Grand Grandmere to Jenna, Ariana, Elyce, Braedon, Elizabeth, Caleb, Charles, and Charlotte. She also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents David and Redina, her husband William, brother James and wife Patricia, brother Kenneth and wife Rosemary, sister Joan and husband William MacDonald, and son-in-law Charles Lewis.

The family has entrusted Joseph W. Casper & Sons Funeral Home with the arrangements. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Saturday September 17, 2022 12pm to 2pm at 187 Dorchester Street, South Boston, MA.

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Casper Funeral Services
187 Dorchester Street
Boston, MA 02127