JOHN S. SHEA III, A DEVOTED CATHOLIC
by Joe Shea
American Reporter Correspondent
BRADENTON, Fla., July 19, 2005 -- John S. Shea III, the son of John S. Shea, Jr. and Nina D. Shea of Rye Hill Road, Monroe, N.Y., passed away at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, after his peaceful and accepting encounter with cancer at the Valley View Long Term Residential Health Care Facility in Goshen, N.Y., a few days before his 65th birthday. He spent winters in Bradenton since 1995, and was the oldest brother of Joe Shea, Editor-in-Chief of The American Reporter.
Johnny, as he was known to all, was born August 1, 1940, in New York City, and resided most of his life at his family's farm in Monroe, attending St. Columba's Elementary School and Monroe High School. He was a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where he majored in Spanish and became fluent in the language, which he taught to many over the years.
Johnny was a deeply religious person, devoted to the Church, to Our Blessed Mother, and to the Holy Rosary. He was a communicant at Sacred Heart Church in Monroe and at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bradenton, Fla., and a lifelong member of the Third Order of Mount Carmel, as well as a supporter of many lay and religious orders within the Church. He will also be remembered by his many friends at at St. Martha's Catholic Church in Sarasota and at Sacred Heart Church in Bradenton, Fla.
Throughout his life, he touched many lives with the spirit of peace and caring that ennobled his every day. Towards the end of his life, he took on the full-time care of my aging parents, and without complaint or regret devoted himself to their care until his cancer had spread so widely he was no longer capable of doing so.
Thankfully, his suffering was leavened by the gift of prayer that elevated him among all our family, and he was able to enjoy the caring presence of his sister-in-law Claudette and his mother and father, Mr. & Mrs. John and Nina Shea, in his last moments.
All of his brothers, Joseph, of Bradenton, Billy, of Monroe, Ga., and Pat, of Falls Church, Va., his sister Mary Ann, of Long Beach., Calif., and his nephew John of Monroe, Ga., were all able to visit him in his last weeks.
Johnny is also survived by his beloved nieces Susan Ann and Teresa, the children of his brother William and Claudette Shea of Monroe, Ga., and his namesake and newborn nephew, John Shea, and nieces Tara, Chelsea, Chloe and nephews Patrick, Joseph and Wesley, the children of his brother Patrick O'Farrell and Cindy Curtis Shea of Falls Church, Va., and niece Antonia and nephews Lt. Col. Michael A. Kies and Jon Anthony Kies, the children of his sister, Mary Ann Kies of Long Beach, Calif., and Anthony Kies of Garden Grove, Calif., and niece Cecilia Luna and nephew Eduardo Luna, M.D. of Cuzco, Peru, the children of his brother Joseph and Mireya Shea of Bradenton, Fla., and by two great-nephews in Florida and Peru.
Johnny will be greeted with fervent acclaim in Heaven. He will be joined there by his grandmothers, grandfathers and uncles and aunts and cousins, and Father Jack O'Connor, who have gone before him.
Those of us who survive his passing can only hope to emulate the grace and goodness with which he touched the souls of each of us who had the pleasure and the blessing of knowing him.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush Funeral Home in Monroe, N.Y.