Teresa passed into eternal life in heaven on March 29, 2019. Born in Cork, Ireland, she was the daughter of James and Ellen (Collins) O’Shaughnessy of Cork. Teresa was the devoted wife of the late Thomas P. Healy; cherished mother of Ellen (Healy) Kavanagh (late Michael); devoted Nana of Declan; step-mother and friend of Thomas P. Healy, Jr. (Debra) of East Bridgewater and John J. (Jack) Healy (Linda) of Scituate. Teresa also leaves behind five grandchildren that she loved and shared with her husband Tom; Elizabeth, Jessica, J.J., Joe, Mike, and five great grandchildren.
Growing up in Ireland, Teresa was the eldest sibling of Jeremiah (Derry) O’Shaughnessy (Olive); Michael (Greg) O’Shaughnessy (Noreen) of Cork and the late Eileen Whelan.
After graduating from the Cork School of Commerce, Teresa went on to become a silk trader at major retailers, including John Lewis in London, where she met her dear friend Doreen Antle Tumber.
After returning to Cork, Teresa decided to travel to America. One fateful day, a mutual friend brought her to Healy’s Landing marina in Scituate, where she met Tom. Tom and Teresa were soon married at her family’s parish in Ballinlough, Cork. Returning to Scituate after the honeymoon, Teresa changed careers and became an amazing wife and mother. After many happy years in Scituate, Tom and Teresa made the move to Teresa’s home away from home, Cape Cod. Many more happy years followed filled with family gatherings, beach days, boating; and volunteering for ladies’ clubs at St. Pius X and the yacht club. Many nights were spent with their friends from the Irish American Club of Cape Cod, dancing the night away at the Irish Village.
When Tom passed away in 1991, Teresa returned to her first career in retail and was a Department Coordinator for Marshall’s in South Dennis. Never to be one to sit still, Teresa also was a gracious hostess at Noel Henry’s Emerald Room and the Irish Village.
Teresa leaves behind many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends along with God Son Henry O’Shaughnessy of Cotuit. She was the “mother” of many and will be deeply missed.
You are lucky if you had the privilege of calling Teresa your friend or family.
Join us in celebrating a life well lived; calling hours will be at the Morris, O’Connor and Blute Funeral Home, 58 Long Pond Dr., South Yarmouth from 4 – 7 PM on Thursday April 4th. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11:00 AM at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, 5 Barbara St., South Yarmouth on April 5th. Burial will be in Chandler Grey cemetery in West Yarmouth.