Geraldine (Shea) McVay, 86, of East Falmouth, formerly of Dedham, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, July 1, 2018. She was the daughter of the late John I. Shea and Marguerite (Patterson) Shea of Jamaica Plain. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Richard E. McVay, her daughter Ann M. Driscoll of East Falmouth, her daughter Janet M. Pratt and her husband Derek of East Falmouth and her grandchildren James G. Driscoll and Ethan R. Pratt. She was predeceased by her son, Richard E. McVay, Jr. and her two brothers, John I. Shea, Jr. of Florida and James M. Shea of Nahant.
Gerry was raised in Jamaica Plain, attended Girl’s Latin School in Boston and was a 1953 graduate of Trinity College in Washington, DC. where she majored in Math. After graduating, she spent several years teaching elementary school in Walpole, MA. She left teaching to raise her family in Dedham and moved to Falmouth full-time following her husband’s retirement.
Gerry’s greatest joy was spending time with her two grandchildren and watching them grow up nearby. She was a fifty-two year member of The Woods Hole Golf Club where she enjoyed playing in the 18 Hole Ladies League and socialized with many long-time friends. She loved the Cape, especially Falmouth Heights, where she and her husband met as teens. She also spent many warm winters at Indian River Plantation in Stuart, Florida. She enjoyed weekly Duplicate Bridge and traveled extensively with college friends after raising her family. She was a parishioner of St. Mary’s Church in Dedham and St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in East Falmouth. In addition to family and friends, Gerry was blessed to have a team of dedicated caregivers to whom she was deeply grateful.
Visitation will be held from 4PM-7PM, on Friday July 6, 2018 at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street in Falmouth. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 10AM at St. Anthony’s Church, 167 East Falmouth Highway, East Falmouth. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Geraldine’s memory may be made to Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA, 02114 (https://giving.massgeneral.org/cancer/donate), the Visiting Nurse’s Association of Cape Cod, c/o CCHC Foundation, PO Box 370, Hyannis, MA, 02601 (https://support.givetocapecodhealth.org), or Neighborhood Falmouth, PO Box 435, Falmouth, MA 02541.