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January 15, 2024
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Shirley Gwenesda Kinch, a radiant soul, who graced this world for 81 years, peacefully entered into the Lord’s arms on Monday, January 15, 2024.
Born on October 27, 1942 to the late Rudolph and Cledlene Mottley (Belle), Shirley was born in Salters, St. George, Barbados. She completed her formal schooling at St. George Girls Primary and Louis (Green) Lynch Secondary schools. Shirley left Barbados in 1964, to join her Aunt Agnes Darlington and family in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She lived with the Darlington family on Washington Street, where Aunt Agnes was a positive, loving, yet an encouraging and driving force in having her get established with life and her education.
At the age of 23 years old, on December 11, 1965, Shirley entered into holy matrimony with, Stanley Kinch at St. Augustine African Orthodox Christian Church in Cambridge.
Shirley enrolled and completed cosmetology school at La Newton Beauty School in Boston, but it was not her passion.
Shirley dedicated her life to being a wife and mother and found her true passion as an in-home childcare provider with Catholic Charities. She would later go out into the workforce and simultaneously obtain a degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Massachusetts. She was later employed with Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) as a head start teacher, Melena Cass Daycare, and the Hattie B. Cooper Center in Roxbury as Director of infants and toddlers. Upon retirement, she volunteered her time at the Cambridge Public schools and would go into the classroom and read to the children.
Shirley loved the lord and was a member of St. Paul’s AME church in Cambridge for several years before becoming one of the founding members of Church of Christ of Prophesy now known as Cambridge Community Outreach Tabernacle. She was an active member and taught Sunday school to the youth for many years before her illness.
She loved the music of the great gospel songstress Mahalia Jackson and had her favorite hymns and scriptures recited to memory. She enjoyed cooking for her family and was known passionately as “The Fishcake Queen”. She also loved some of the simple pleasures in life such as, chatting on the phone, watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, and spending time with family. She had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep way, just by being herself. She definitely could be blunt at times, but always gave her honest opinion.
Shirley was preceded in death by her husband Stanley of over 50 years, sisters, Angela Mottley, and Doriel Brathwaite.
She leaves to cherish her memories, devoted son Robert Kinch, daughters Stephanie Kinch-Aguy and Maureen Heywood. Sister, Dr. Marion Williams (Clyde), brother Winston Mottley (Beverly) brother Peter Mottley (Grace), and brother David Mottley.
Additionally she will be remembered by her grandchildren: Rachel King, Yohan Kinch, Avery McLean and Velina Aguy and two great-grandchildren Tommy (JJ) and Jonah King as well as a host of loving and dear nieces, nephews, relatives and lifelong friends.
Shirley’s absence will be felt by all, but her spirit will endure in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing and loving her. May her memory continue to bloom in our hearts and remind us that love, in its purest form, is eternal.