Sumner L. Shir

Passed away on June 14, 2013

Sumner L. Shir, age 88, of Waban, on Friday, June 14, 2013. For 61 years, beloved husband of Ruth (Kantor) Shir. Loving father of Josiah Shir, Daniel Shir & his wife Miriam, and Esther Briskin & her husband Jeff. Cherished grandfather of Jeremy, Allison, Joseph, Ben and Eli. Dear brother of Philip Shir & his wife Hope.

Graduate of Brookline High School and Harvard University, Class of 1945. Until retirement, Sumner was a principal of Benjamin Shir, Inc. He was past board president of the Boston Guild for the Hard of Hearing. With his wife Ruth, they founded Community Housing for Adult Independence (CHAI). Former board member of Common Cause of Massachusetts. A dedicated volunteer for many organizations including the Hebrew College Library, Newton Traveling Meals, and teaching English as a second language at JCHE. Longtime member of Temple Emanuel, Newton.

Services will be at Levine Chapels, 470 Harvard Street, Brookline on Sunday, June 16th at 11:00am. Burial at Lindwood Memorial Park, Randolph. Following burial, memorial observance will be at his residence until 5:00pm resuming 7-9pm, continuing Monday through Thursday 2-4pm and 7-9pm. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to CHAI, c/o Jewish Family and Children’s Service, 1430 Main Street, Waltham MA 02451


  • Funeral Service Sunday, June 16, 2013

Sumner L. Shir

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July 11, 2013

Dear Ruth: We, Stephen & James Libby were deeply saddened to learn of Sumner's loss, our father Sumner Libby's old dear friend. Please accept our sincere condolences.

Sara Azzam

June 19, 2013

Dear Esther,

Thinking of you during this difficult time.


Sara Azzam

June 15, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.
Sheryl Kandler