Shirley Anne Rohan

  • Born: November 1, 1925
  • Died: September 23, 2017
  • Location: Concord, Massachusetts

Concord Funeral Home

Director - Glenn D. Burlamachi, CFSP
74 Belknap St.
Concord, MA 01742
Tel. (978) 369-3388

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Mother, Grandmother, Business Proprietor and active in her Community

Shirley Ann (Rimbach) Rohan age 91 of Concord passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 23, 2017 in the presence of her devoted family. She was the loving wife of the late George F. Rohan who died in 2008.

Shirley was born on November 1, 1925 to the late parents Fredrick and Anne Rimbach. She was the loving sister of three brothers Philip, David and Robert Rimbach.
Shirley was raised in Acton and graduated from Acton High School with the class of 1944. She went on to graduate from Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH with a degree in Secretarial Studies. She then worked for the Executive Vice President of General Electric in Boston.

In 1950, she married George Rohan the owner of the South Bridge Boat House in Concord. Together they worked side by side for over 70 years renting canoes, selling boats and small engine repair. Shirley took pride and joy in providing summer jobs for countless local teenagers who she loved and nurtured throughout the years.
Shirley was a woman of incredible strength and humor as she was still bringing smiles to people while launching canoes into the river. She was well known around Concord. She was a member of the United Woman's Club of Concord, the Quota Club of Concord and was the Warden of Concord Voting Precinct 2 for over 35 years. She was also a volunteer at Emerson Hospital for 30 years. In 2009 Shirley was Concord's Honored Citizen, a recognition she cherished dearly. She was also the first recipient of the River Stewardship Award presented by the Wild and Scenic River Stewardship Council and the League of Women Voters.
Shirley was always gracious, kind and loved all her customers, some of whom traveled from all around the United States to paddle on these beautiful and historic rivers.

She is survived by her four children, Christine Rohan of Concord, Neil Rohan of New Smyrna Beach, FL, David Rohan of Maynard and Martha Rohan of Concord. Shirley is also survived by her four grandchildren, Brianna, Erin, Kyle and Nigel.

Family and friends will gather to honor and remember Shirley on Saturday, October 28 at 11:00 am in the Trinitarian Congregational Church, 54 Walden St., Concord. A reception will follow.

Donations in her memory may be made to:
Sudbury River Valley Trust
18 Wolbach Road
Sudbury, MA 01776


Condolence & Memory Journal

Shirley made our family feel so welcome when we moved to Concord from the Midwest, as we rented canoes and kayaks over the years and then bought a canoe at the boathouse and returned for "putting in." Her friendliness and enthusiasm particularly impressed me when she marshalled some not-so-experienced paddlers at a family birthday party. May her memory be a blessing!

Posted by Anne Colman - Concord, MA - Neighbor   November 22, 2017

To Martha and family. Dave and I wish you peace and prayers in the passing of your Mom . She was a wonderful person and shard working woman. The Olson family will never forget her.

Posted by Dave Olson - Northwood, NH - friend   October 21, 2017

Our sincere thoughts and prayers are extended to Shirley Rohan's family. Our long lasting friendship and an era has passed with Shirley. She will be sadly missed. Condolences, The Seaward Family/ Camp Nashoba Day Jean, Marcia, Janet and Sarah Seaward

Posted by Jean M. Seaward - MA - Friend   October 11, 2017

So sorry for your loss Martha and Family your Mom was a special and will be truly missed.

Posted by Wayne Busa - Concord, MA - Friend   October 09, 2017

I was "one of her Boys" 1950 - 1959. George & Shirley played an important role in my life; she was a stand out shining star. My heartfelt sympathies to the family Mike Whitney, Pownal, Maine

Posted by Robert H "Mike" Whitney - Pownal, ME - Friend   October 07, 2017

So sorry for your loss. Your mom was a wonderful person.

Posted by Beth Parker/evans - Concord, MA - Family Friend   October 07, 2017


One of the sweetest ladies. Condolences to all of the family.

From former HWCC custodian Jim Gentile and wife.

Posted by James Gentile - Leominster, MA - Acquaintance   October 05, 2017

My condolences to Shirley's family. I knew Shirley well as did all the Steinmann family. She was certainly a very active woman who was blessed with a long life. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Posted by Robert Steinmann - Brewster, MA - Friend   October 05, 2017

Martha and family,
So sorry to hear about your mother. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
Susan Parker

Posted by SUSAN PARKER - CONCORD, MA - Friend   October 05, 2017


Shirley was a strong and wonderful woman she will be missed all my prayers to Christine,neil,david,Martha love to y'all

Posted by Kathy Fallon Martin - Summerville, SC - Family Friend   October 05, 2017

Shirley and the Boathouse have meant a lot to me and many others over the years. She contributed so much to my youth and gave me the opportunity to work and have a place to be. She was one of a kind and I celebrate my relationship with her. My deepest condolences to David, Neil, Martha and Christine.

Posted by Alec Peters - Jupiter, FL - Family Friend   October 04, 2017


She will be missed

Posted by Traci Melley - Family Friend   October 04, 2017

Christine, Neil, David and Martha - Loving thoughts to you all in the passing of Shirley. She was the hardest working woman I ever knew and can still picture her at the Boat House flitting about managing rentals and staying on top of everything. I'll see you at the services. My deepest sympathy to all.

Posted by Deb Williams - Littleton, MA - Friend   October 03, 2017

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