From: carol Sent: Friday, February 04, 2011 12:21 AM
Subject: passing of NEA/DL pilot Capt. Joe Shea 1938~2011 , and wife Jackie Shea 1940~2011
Retired NEA/DL pilot Captain Joseph G. ‘Joe’ Shea passed away January 31, 2011, just two weeks after the death of his wife Jacqueline (Kress) ‘Jackie’ Shea. Born November 2, 1938, Joe was 72 years of age at the time of his death. Born December 12, 1940, Jackie was 70 years of age at the time of her death on January 14, 2011. Captain Shea hired on with Northeast 08-05-1968 and was based CVG.
To view/sign the online guestbooks for both Joe and Jackie, please visit the funeral home website at http://www.shepherdfuneralhome.com/ Personal condolences may be sent to the family at
1296 Tremont St., Duxbury, MA 02332 ... (781) 934-2148
From: JON J MAYNARD Sent: Thursday, February 03, 2011 9:41 AM
Subject: Passing of Joseph "Joe" Shea Retired NE/DL Pilot
Word has been received from George Chaudoin on the passing of Joe Shea retired Pilot. He was hired by Northeast in August of 1968 and retired from Delta in October of 1998. His passing follows the death of his wife Jacqueline (Kress) Shea who passed away on January 14th. A memorial service for Shea will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. at First Parish Church on Tremont Street, followed by an Alliance Hosted Collation to be held in the Harvey Assembly Hall from 3-5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Joseph G Shea Memorial Fund c/o Rockland Trust Company. P.O. Box 1627 Duxbury MA 02331. Our intention is to do a good turn and use the donations to support local scouts in need.
See the following news story on his life and Jacqueline’s obituary.
Veteran leaves behind a legacy of volunteerism
By Justin Graeber Wednesday, February 02, 2011 01:21 PM
He was a big man, with an even bigger heart.
Joseph Shea died of a heart attack on Monday, Jan. 31. In addition to his family, he leaves behind a legacy of service to his country and the town that he loved. It’s a big loss for the town, said Town Manager Richard MacDonald. I consider Joe a friend first, a caring Duxbury volunteer. Shea served on many Duxbury committees, such as the crematory building committee. He was also the town’s sealer of weights and measures for many years. He had a passion for the town’s cemeteries. It was on a walk through one of the town’s cemeteries where Shea found the broken pieces of the World War I monument. Reconstructing the monument because a treasured cause for Shea, and he saw it completed last year. He was my supporter when I presented the group my ideas, said Bryan Felty, who presented 3D renderings to the committee rebuilding the monument. He’s the one that really embraced it ... When I presented, you could see a light go on in his head. Shea was the face of the monument project. With its completion, Duxbury now has some kind of memorial to veterans of all the country’s major wars. (Shea was a Navy pilot.) I admired his passion, and the dedication that he had toward preserving Duxbury veterans, Felty said. That was just outstanding; you don’t meet many people that have such a dedicated heart to a cause like he did. Other members of the World War I group said they were devastated to learn of Shea’s death. Joe was a truly dedicated and enormous part of our lives and our town, said Judi Vose, who served on the committee along with her husband Terry. He had a wonderful nature that touched all of us who knew him and we felt his devotion to everything he cared about in this town. Our town will not be the same ever. Emmett Sheehan, who worked with Shea on the committee building a new crematory at Mayflower Cemetery, was also impressed with his dedication to the monument project and his knowledge of the town’s cemeteries. Joe loved the town, Sheehan said. He knew things that nobody knew, he poked through records. On the crematory project, Shea impressed his fellow committee members with his military-like attention to details, collecting information on the retorts from all across the country and then sharing it with the group. He spoke to all three companies and knew all the technical jargon, Sheehan said. He was a very technical guy. However, Shea’s impact on the people he worked with went far beyond the minute details of a project. Sheehan said that Shea would often stop by his office to bring him information on the crematory, but the conversation would soon turn to other things. We’d hang out for an hour and a half just chatting about life, Sheehan said. Shea was also a major presence at First Parish Church. Rev. Catherine Cullen said that he brought his talents for historical research as well as woodworking to First Parish. You walk down the aisle and there’s something Joe either made or fixed, she said. Shea had been a member of the congregation for over 40 years, and Cullen said he was a great help when she took over. I used to call him Father Joe, he just knew everybody in the church, she said. He was an important part of my ministry. She said she would meet with Shea, who at one time or another held nearly every leadership position in the church, weekly. Shea’s wife, Jacqueline, passed away only a few weeks before his death after a long battle with cancer. He was devoted to his wife during her long illness. Part of his full time job was driving her up to the hospital every day for treatment, Sheehan said. Always a straight shooter, Shea didn’t hesitate even during a difficult time to dole out advice. He told me, you know Emmett; you’re not too old a guy that you shouldn’t enjoy your family and your life ... take time to smell the roses. Sheehan said. Cullen said the she sent Shea a note after his wife’s passing. I told him, the mission is now complete commander, it’s time to focus on taking care of yourself, she said. I’m sorry he didn’t get the chance to do that. Felty also felt that the loss of his wife had a major effect on Shea. I really think he died of a broken heart, he said. Whether it was impacting the town through his countless volunteer projects, or impacting the lives of the people he worked with his easy- going manner and deep, booming laugh, Shea leaves a legacy in the town that he loved so much. Many people will have to step into his shadow in order to try to help his light to keep shining for us all while remembering this amazing man, Vose said.
Jacqueline (Kress) Shea of Duxbury died Friday, Jan. 14 at home, surrounded by her family.
Jackie was the wife of Joe; mother of David and his wife Kathleen of Pembroke, Susan and her partner Nicci Meadow of Norwell and Andrew of Duxbury. She also leaves parents Elizabeth and Robert Traynor of Pembroke and brothers Patrick Traynor of Marshfield and James Traynor of Pembroke; an aunt, Jeanne Sewall of Bath, Maine; uncle Albert Ewart of Norwell; and her grandchildren, Ryan and Christopher Shea, and Hayden Shea-Meadow.
She was a poet, artist, grandmother and sharp-shooter who began her professional life after graduating from the Pierce School by working for the joint chiefs of staff at the Pentagon where she enjoyed using top-secret clearance to track her fiancé's whereabouts in the Pacific Theater during the Cold War. In addition to being a talented homemaker, Jackie enjoyed numerous artistic pursuits including heraldry and calligraphy.
Arrangements are being handled by Shepherd Funeral Home in Kingston. Burial will be private. Donations can be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, in memory of Jacqueline Shea, for ovarian cancer research and treatment, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226. Page: 14 Copyright (c) 2011 Duxbury Clipper Inc. All rights reserved.
J J Maynard
Sent: Wednesday, February 02, 2011 7:54 AM
Subject: Joe Shea
I'm sorry to have to tell you Joe Shea passed away last Sunday. His
son called me today to tell me and I thought I should let you know. I believe there will be a service/funeral at the First Parish Church in Duxbury on Wednesday, February 9th from 2:00pm followed by a gathering from 6 to 7 pm. That's all I know now. When I get more information I will pass it on.