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SHANLEY,Irving Thomas 89, of Shrewsbury, formerly of Northborough, a retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel and D-DayVeteran, passed away on Monday, December 3, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. He was the loving husband of Florence Louise (Crespi) Shanley, with whom he celebrated sixty-four years of marriage in September. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, he was the son of the late Henry Charles Shanley and the late Lena Frances (Murphy) Shanley. He will be greatly missed by a son, Thomas Victor Shanley and his wife Marianne of Uxbridge; four daughters, Joan Frances Shanley of Grafton, Mary Christine Dragon and her husband Jeffrey of Northborough, Patricia Louise Dreifus and her husband Peter of Shrewsbury and Pamela Marie Shanley of Shrewsbury; four grandchildren, SamanthaMarionDreifus,Mikaela Mary Shanley, Matthew ShanleyDragon,andMacoy ThomasShanley;asister, Jeanette M. Andrews of Florida; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers and three sisters, Raymond James Shanley, John Joseph Shanley, Anne Louise Lovelace, Pauline Frances Fallon and Olive Marie Donato. Colonel Shanley graduated from Hope High School in Providence in 1940 and in 1942, he volunteered for the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, being formed at Camp Blanding, Florida. He served with this distinguished Regiment for four years, participating in the parachute invasions of Normany, France on June 6, 1944 and Nijmegen, Holland on September 7, 1944. He also served with this Regiment during the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium, during the winter of 1944-45. In 1951, he received a direct commission as a 2nd Lieutenant, while serving as a Master Sergeant with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. During ten years of airborne service he completed 66 parachute jumps, including the two combat jumps. As a Captain at Fort Jackson, South Carolina in 1958 he accepted a Regular Army Commission and was transferred from the Infantry to the Adjutant General Corps. He retired from the Army in 1969 after more than 26 ½ years active service. Calling hours for Colonel Shanley will be held on Thursday, December 6, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. in Mercadante Funeral Home & Chapel, 370 Plantation Street, Worcester. His Funeral will be held from the funeral home on Friday, December 7, departing in procession at 9:30 a.m. for a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in Saint Rose of Lima Parish, 244 West Main Street, Northborough. Interment with Military Funeral Honors will follow in Saint John's Cemetery, Worcester.In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Saint Rose of Lima Building Fund, 244 West Main Street, Northborough, MA or Mass Veterans Inc., 69 Grove Street, Worcester, MA 01605.

Published in The Boston Globe on Dec. 5, 2012
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