HAMILTON- Shannon Marie (Cragen) Corwin, 41, beloved wife of Benjamin Corwin passed away Friday, October 28th at Beverly Hospital, surrounded by family and friends. Shannon suffered a sudden and unexplained seizure on October 26 and never regained consciousness.
Shannon was daughter of Joan Marie (LaBonte) Cragen and the late John S. Cragen. Shannon grew up in Hamilton, Massachusetts, graduating from Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School in 1993. She attended UMASS Amherst and the Tufts School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
Shannon was an artist and an animal enthusiast. Throughout Shannon’s career, almost all her job choices aligned with her passions. Shannon worked at Danvers Animal Hospital, Hamilton-Wenham Veterinary Hospital, at multiple horse farms in the area, and started her own business running with dogs and baking wholesome dog treats from scratch in her kitchen. She worked in the fashion industry in Boston and Atlanta and at the Copley Society of Art in Boston. Recently, Shannon had become a blogger, promoting local salons, tree health, and even horror films with her singular gift for describing the world in inimitable and indelible ways.
Shannon was the founder of the little known holiday Official Facial Hair Day, which you celebrate by donning fake mustaches to dine and shop with your nieces. Shannon was a lyricist and master of song parodies - some fan favorites include “Stuffing, I’m gonna eat you”, “Groundhog Day”, “Benny is the Best”, and “Mama, it’s in my pocket”, a wonderful little ditty about lunch money she wrote in the eighties. Shannon invented the “Wet Trousers System” for rating horror movies, with five pairs of wet trousers indicating the scariest rating.
Shannon made everything more fun. Shannon had a nickname for every person and animal she met, even if it was just to garnish your name with a few extra letters or to muse that a new dog at the park “should be called Hot Cinnamon Nights”. She used jazz hands unsparingly and facial expressions with unguarded abandon. There was not a single ordinary thing about Shannon. The lilt of her voice, her beautiful smile, her exuberance were all extraordinary and unparalleled.
Since Shannon fell ill, the seas surrounding Cape Ann have been tumultuous. The skies over the North Shore have been cloudy and given to fits of weeping. Shannon was her mother’s sunshine. She brought sunshine wherever she went. Even the earth seemed to feel the loss that her loved ones are still trying to comprehend.
Shannon was a fiercely loyal and devoted wife, friend, sister, aunt, niece and cousin. In addition to her loving husband, Benjamin, Shannon is survived by her mother, Joan Cragen of Hamilton; her two sisters, Allison Kelley and her husband Moe of Wenham, and Colleen Johnson of Hamilton; Ben’s mother, Kathryn Croughwell of Ipswich; Ben’s father, Bruce Corwin and his wife Susan of Louisville, Kentucky; Ben’s two brothers, Nathaniel Corwin and his wife Johanna of Ipswich, and Jonathan Corwin of Ipswich; her loving nieces and nephews; and her special canine friends, Chapsy, Sniffingsbee and Tiny David Bowie.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the Church of Saint Paul, 50 Union Street, Hamilton on Friday, November 4, 2016 at 9:00 A.M. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com
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