Merrill “Mac” Shirey, 87

Merrill “Mac” Shirey, 87, of Pottstown, husband of Jane A. (Reichelderfer) Shirey of 66 years, passed away Sunday July 23, 2023 at Manatawny Manor.

Born in Pottstown, he was the son of the late Malcolm C. Sr. and Anna (Sninski) Shirey.

Mac enjoyed fishing, hunting, and gardening. He was an accomplished athlete in high school who excelled in baseball, football, and basketball. He was entered into the Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame for his team’s 48-0 record at Pottstown High School. He was also inducted into the Tri-County Area Hall of Fame in 2005. Mac will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather who had a great sense of humor.

Surviving along with his wife is his daughter Lori Prueitt wife of Brad; son Merrill Douglas Shirey Jr. husband of Kristine; grandchildren Benjamin Prueitt, Nicholas Prueitt, and Alexandria Shirey; and brother Glen Shirey.

Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his brother Malcolm Shirey Jr. and sister Barbara Bolonski.

Funeral services will be held Thursday July 27, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, LLC., 711 N. Franklin St., Pottstown, PA 19464. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Park, Pottstown. Visitation will be held Thursday from 9:30-10:45 AM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Merrill’s memory to the charity of your choice.

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Dear Lori, Jane and Family,
Very Sorry to hear about Pop passing. He was a good, sweet soul with a dear smile. My condolences. I will keep you in my prayers for strength thru this very sad time. ??

~ Deb Comarnitsky Pittsburgh, PA
7/26/2023 1:07:38 PM

I am sorry for your loss. I have so many memories of of Mac and Jane growing up next door to them. He was a wonderful man who i always looked up to. Lots of fun and helped keep us in line when we needed it. He will be missed dearly.

~ Donna Reinert Lewes, DE
7/26/2023 11:40:33 AM

So sorry to hear about my old buddy Mac.he was like a second father to me when we worked together at schuylkill valley oil.great man

~ John nailon
7/25/2023 9:46:55 PM

Jane, I am so sorry for you. You and Mac were made for each other and made 66 years together. I am so glad to have been able to know you both. I will miss his many jokes.

~ Cheryl Heflin Lewes, DE
7/25/2023 7:12:37 PM

We are sorry to hear of Macs passing..we always remember his smile,chats and the dog bones he always pulled from his pockets for our Patriot and Liberty..sending hugs and may you hold close all the wonderful memories you shared .

~ Tracy and Eric Fox Angier, NC
7/25/2023 3:18:53 PM