OBITUARY: Gail F. Stacey, 77

Gail F. Stacey (Fitzpatrick), age 77, of Marblehead passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, after a long and heroic battle with Alzheimer’s. She was the beloved wife of Charles G. Stacey, with whom she shared 56 years of marriage.

Gail F. Stacey

Born in Salem and raised in Marblehead, she was the daughter of Jim and Lillian Fitzpatrick (Jeffrey). Gail was the devoted mother of Melissa and Greg Stacey and the dear sister of Joan, Audrey, Alice, Mary Jane and Brenda.

She is survived by her husband, Charles Stacey of Marblehead; her daughter, Melissa Stacey of Marblehead; her son, Greg Stacey of Portland, Maine; her sisters, Mary Jane Riddell of Swampscott and Brenda Boyle of Atlanta; her brother-in-law, Alex Riddell of Swampscott; her sister-in-law Rita, Havens of Marblehead; and many nieces and nephews.

Gail grew up in Marblehead and graduated from Marblehead High School with the Class of 1963. She also graduated from Chandler School for Women in 1965.

She and Charlie raised their family in multiple cities all over the United States before settling back in Marblehead in 2009. 

Gail was an extraordinary wife and dedicated mother. She loved home design, fashion, traveling, modeling and spending quality time with family and friends.

The best way to describe Gail is the way her family and friends described her, which was “the classiest woman they ever knew.” She was sweet and generous to a fault. Everyone who met Gail loved her kind spirit. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Eustis & Cornell of Marblehead, 142 Elm St. A funeral Mass will be held on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023, at 11 a.m. at the Star of the Sea Church, 85 Atlantic Ave. in Marblehead. Burial will be private.

Due to Gail’s love of animals, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Marblehead Animal Shelter, 44 Village St. in Marblehead.Fond memories and expressions of sympathy for the Stacey family may be shared at

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