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Mrs. J. Lorraine Bishop, 88, of Gloucester passed away Thursday afternoon, April 28, 2016, after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late William R. Bishop.
Lorraine was born December 7, 1927, in Boston, daughter of the late G. Gordon and Marie A. (Boucher) Strople. She was a lifelong resident of Gloucester and a graduate of Gloucester High School and Burdett College.
She had a career at City Hall that spanned over 30 years. She was secretary to the Mayor, worked in the City Clerk’s office, and then the Clerk of Committees to the Gloucester City Council until she retired.
Lorraine was an extremely talented artist. She was a member of the North Shore Art Association and Cape Ann Water Colors. Her passion to paint inspired her to travel to places like Sedona, Ariz., and Portugal with her art group to capture those landscapes on paper. You will find many of her paintings hanging on the walls of family and friends.
She loved spending time in the garden. She was a former member of the Garden Club and won awards for her outdoor creations. She also enjoyed traveling to many different destinations with her husband of 56 years. She was a former member of Bass Rocks Golf Club where she learned and enjoyed the game of golf. She loved being involved with her grandson’s activities, she never wanted to miss any of their little league games. During baseball season, you would often find her in front of her TV rooting for the Red Sox. Fridays always included a trip to the hair salon and a card game with her girlfriends.
Lorraine is survived by her two children, Julie M. Francis and husband, Kenneth, and Robert W. Bishop and companion, Eleanor Patti, all of Gloucester; and her two devoted grandsons, Christian W. and Ryan B. Francis. She is also survived by her devoted in-laws, John Bishop, Fred and Joan Bishop; many nieces and nephews, friends, including special friend, Theresa Wonson, and her four legged friend, Lilly.
She was predeceased by her brother and sister, Gordon and Sylvia Strople.
Lorraine’s Memorial Service will be in the Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle St., Gloucester, on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at 12 noon. There will be a time of visitation on Wednesday prior to the Service beginning at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Interment will be in Beechbrook Cemetery, Gloucester. In lieu of flowers, donations in Lorraine’s memory may be made to the Gloucester Little League, P.O. Box 191, Gloucester, MA 01930 or Cape Ann Animal Aid, 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930. For online condolences and register book, please visit www.pikenewhall.com.
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