Obituary for John "Jack" Shea
Jack attended Newton Public Schools. In 1961 he graduated from the Technical High School of Newton High School. He began his career working in cabinet shops honing his skills. He eventually left his last "shop", Medfield Kitchens, to work with his brother, Bob, at Shea Construction in Needham. Through these experiences and working with other skilled carpenters, the late Milton Stiles comes to mind, he perfected his own skills to become an accomplished finish carpenter. Mary often says she can count on one hand the number of wooden things in their home Jack didn't either make or refurbish! Most notable to their friends was their front porch that Jack built in 2004. Lisa and Debbie have special things he made them, beautiful furniture and cabinets, "memory boxes" for his grandchildren - all examples of his master craftsmanship.
In 1964 Jack joined the US Navy. For most of his two years of active service he was assigned to a repair ship, The USS AMPHION. After being discharged from active service, he served an additional four years in the US Naval Reserves, before being honorably discharged in 1970.
Jack's life was his family. Jack and Mary met in 1962. After corresponding regularly and seeing each other very infrequently, Jack told her to "go enjoy your high school years, what will be will work itself out." After hearing Jack was in the Navy, Mary sent him a Christmas card in 1965 and, as they say, "the rest was history." They married and moved to Millis, and within the next few years Lisa and Debbie were born. With the birth of their daughters life became a dream come true.
Fast forward to 1997 when their first two grandchildren were born and life took on a whole new meaning. With the final four grandchildren born in the next five years, Jack built things, babysat, even went to the beach - anything to spend time with his grandchildren. This past September Jack and Mary were blessed to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.
In addition to his family, Jack enjoyed spending time with their friends and extended family in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Many would often say they laughed so much due to his sense of humor that their sides would be sore the next day. For someone who was thought to have a quiet demeanor, he was often the life of the party with his dry quick wit.
He loved, he was loved and he will be missed.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wed, Jan 10th at 10:30 in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 82 Exchange St, Millis followed by full military honors. Visiting hrs will be Tues 4-8 at the Roberts Mitchell Caruso FH, 90 Curve St, Millis. Donations in Jack's name may be made to Lewy Body Dementia Association, lbda.org.