John E. Shea, 83, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Jan. 12 after a long illness.
John was the loving son of the late Ernest and Gladys (Ringer) Shea and grew up in Dorchester. He was a graduate of the High School of Commerce in Boston. He served in the Navy aboard the aircraft carriers; USS Ticonderoga and the USS Bennington and served during the Korean War. John and Patricia were married for 54 years and met during their time in a bowling league. They married on Oct. 4, 1964. The two would raise their children in East Bridgewater where John was always active in youth sports as member of the Board of Directors of many youth sports organizations and spent many years coaching hundreds of children in youth soccer, basketball and baseball. He was one of the many volunteers that helped coordinate the development of the athletic fields on Church St. in East Bridgewater.
He was a gifted artist who after graduating from Butera School of Art in Boston, started a long career at Consolidated Graphics and Charles River Lithography in Needham. In the mid-nineties John began working in a career that combined his love of the water with his love of art, developing and producing boating chart books. John was a talented graphic artist/designer who pioneered new ways of producing charts by computerized methods and his work lives on in many products today. John was a fisherman at heart and loved being on the water searching out the next bite. The traits of a successful fisherman are patience, staying positive, and always be ready for the bite; he prided himself in trying to teach his children and grandchildren some of these life lessons. He loved his late dog Midnight, gardening, spending summers at his parents cottage in Wareham, and always art.
John was the loving husband of Patricia J. (Salvucci) Shea and father of John T. Shea and his wife Heather of East Bridgewater, Matthew E. Shea and his wife Lauren of West Warwick,RI, Michael E. Shea and his wife Terri of East Bridgewater, and Theodore M. Perry and his wife Elaine of Rockland. Proud “Gramps” of Nicholas, Jack, Matthew, Jared, Samantha, James, Cassidy, Caitlyn, Makenzie, Peyton, Brennan, Caroline, and “Great Gramps” of Jaclyn. Brother of Evelyn E. Clay and her husband Earl of East Bridgewater and Earle Greenwood of Dover. Also survived by many loving relatives and friends.
All are cordially invited to join the funeral procession on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 9am at the Prophett-Chapman, Cole & Gleason, 35 Spring St., East Bridgewater. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the St. John’s Church, 210 Central St. East Bridgewater at 10am and burial will follow at Central Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held on Wed. Jan. 16th from 5-8pm at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to East Bridgewater Athletic Boosters, P.O. Box 801, East Bridgewater, MA 02333 or the Viking Sports Parents, P.O. Box 411, East Bridgewater, MA 02333