A very knowledgeable woman who was quick to laugh and constantly smiling


NORTH READING — Sharon E. (Germano) McGillivray, 62, of North Reading, formerly of Lynn and Danvers, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 26, 2022. She was surrounded at home by her entire family and left just as the sun began to rise over her bird feeders.

A miracle baby; born two months premature in Lynn on September 28, 1959, she was the daughter of the late Richard H. and Barbara A. (Bump) Germano. She was a graduate of Lynn English High School, Class of 1977. She would then go on to graduate from Salem State College, Class of 1982.

Sharon worked as a Certified Public Accountant for The Children’s Center for Communication/ Beverly School for the Deaf. She was also self-employed, doing bookkeeping, accounting and Quickbooks services for numerous clients.

She had been a resident of North Reading for the past 35 years, acting as the home’s general contractor, landscaper, gardener and fierce protector and leader of one husband, two children, five chickens, one cat (Gus) and one dog (Otis). A Girl Scout leader, Masquers mom, Bell Choir player, Tuesday’s Lady Group Talker, bird and butterfly watcher, legendary chocolate chip cookie maker and member of the Union Congregational Church were just a handful of her enjoyments.

From Nicholas Cage to Nikola Tesla, aliens to conspiracy theories and medicine to religion, there wasn’t a subject that she wouldn’t read about, research, Google and discuss with anyone willing to engage (and a few that wouldn’t!).

Quick to laugh and constantly smiling, she was practically perfect in every way.

Family members include her loving husband of 34 years, Kevin McGillivray; her son, Mark McGillivray and his fiancée, Lacey Jeka, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; her daughter, Erin McGillivray of North Reading and her inseparable sisters and their spouses, Carole Germano and Jan Saulnier of Gloucester and Barbara and Al DeDonato of Danvers. She was also loved by Lucille McGillivray of Dighton, Mass.; Pamela and Michael Lafferty of Canton, Mass.; Nancy and Dan Morrison of Terrell, N.C. and David McGillivray of Bellingham, Mass. She was extremely proud of and dearly loved, and was loved by her three nieces and three nephews – Erica, Jordan, Elizabeth, Erik, Matt & Alyssa.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 12 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading. Her funeral service will follow at the Union Congregational Church, 148 Haverhill Street, North Reading, at 11:30 a.m. followed by a Collation at 12 Noon.

Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made in her memory to The Beverly School for the Deaf (https://cccbsd.org) and/or the North Reading Union Congregation Church (https://www.nrucc.org).

To send an online message of condolence please go to www.croswellfuneralhome.com.