The Wonderful Janice Lufkin Shea Has Passed
One of the most passionate people about Gloucester I knew.
Did you know that you can pay for a monthly parking permit and never have to worry about feeding the meters?
I didn’t til my buddy Janice Lufkin Shea told me about them.
In fact I couldn’t find anything about them on the City Of Gloucester website.
Letter to the editor from Pauline Bresnahan
Published Gloucester Daily Times 2017
Opening a business is scary. Being a woman and opening a business can be frightening. This is exactly how I felt 18 years ago when I opened my small retail shop in West Gloucester. Luckily my friend who owned a business, also a woman, became my mentor, my support system and my sounding board when I needed to seek advice or an opinion. She helped me figure it out, either by listening or sometimes by asking a question that helped lead me to figuring it out myself.
Janice Lufkin-Shea owned the Cormorant Shop, a small specialty clothing store first in Rockport and then moving it to Main St. in her much loved hometown of Gloucester. Janice ran her business for more than 20 years successfully.
Her passion for her community and her never ending source of inspiring ideas helped create many of the treasured events or programs that make our city unique.
Have you purchased a Cape Ann Gift Certificate?? As the Chair of the Cape Ann Chamber Retail division Janice’s Cape Ann Gift Certificate idea came to be.
Have you enjoyed and or attended the Lobster Trap Tree lightning on Main St.?? Janice had a dream of a lobster trap tree and with a lot of help from her friends she saw her vision become a reality. Thanks to Janice our entire community now has this Main St. treasure to enjoy with their entire family bringing life again to Main St.Have you ever enjoyed an evening on Main St. at one of the Block Partys??
Janice talked and talked to everyone about her desire to have a block party on Main St. Because her friends loved her passion they got together and heard about her vision and organized the first Downtown Block Partys.
She inspired us with her creative ideas, she encouraged us with her praise and she only asked that we do it with love for our community in our heart.
Janice, you are a wonderful business woman, an amazing mentor but most of all a dear, dear friend. I hope that I can be that type of friend and mentor for a young woman starting out like you were to me. Our shared love for our beautiful city is what we have in common and my hope is someday I too can create a lasting tribute that shows my love for my community as you have.
Thank you for all you have done, Gloucester is so much better because you cared.
Owner Pauline’s Gifts Chairwoman City of Gloucester Tourism Commission