Gloucester, MA — Dorothy F. (South) Squillace, 97, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 28, 2013, at the Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Dot was born in Gloucester in 1916, and was the daughter of the late Marie E. (Porper) South and Hugh W. South. She was also the granddaughter of Gloucester Sea Captain Robert Porper, who came to Gloucester from Nova Scotia in the mid-1800s to fish the waters off of Cape Ann.
Dot was a 1934 graduate of Gloucester High School, attended New York University, and graduated from the Lynn School of Nursing, where she earned her R.N. degree in 1938. After raising her two sons, Dot returned to nursing and worked as a private duty nurse on the North Shore. She also was the proprietor of the Just for Fun Shop in Magnolia, and pursued her interest in collectibles and antiques throughout her adult life.
Dot was active in her community and was a member of Saint Ann Church Legion of Mary and the Friends of the Gloucester Council on Aging.
Dot was an avid reader and enjoyed writing poetry. Later in life, she appeared as a guest on John Ronan's local TV program, "The Writers Block," to discuss poems she had written about nature and conservation. Some of these poems were published in a book to benefit the Gloucester Council on Aging and the Rose Baker Senior Center. Dot also enjoyed traveling, swimming and studying French history.
Dot was predeceased by her husband Angelo A. “Gill” Squillace, and is survived by her two sons, Stephen G. Squillace and William B. Squillace, both of Rockport; granddaughter, Kathryn J. Squillace of Boston; her former daughter-in- law, Christine C. Squillace of Gloucester; special cousins, Connie Lane of Florida, Tom Morris of Rockport, Valerie Bordinaro of Rockport, David Porper of Gloucester; goddaughter, Sylvia DeBoever of Detroit, Mich.; her “third son,” D. Michael Ryan; and several relatives on Cape Ann and in Florida.
ARRANGEMENTS: A Memorial Mass will be held at a future date.
Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester. Online condolences may be givenat www.greelyfuneralhome.com.