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Bernard Patrick Shea

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CARLISLE, Pa. -- Bernard Patrick Shea died in Carlisle, Pa., on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, after a short illness. He was a native of High Bridge, N.J., and had resided in Carlisle for the last 25 years.

Bernie was born March 11, 1930, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of Patrick and Elizabeth Wright Shea. He was educated in the local public schools, where he excelled in athletics, earning 12 letters in soccer, baseball and basketball. Bernie scored the first basket in High Bridge High’s then-new gymnasium. He also played semi-pro soccer for the Paterson-Dovers.

Bernie was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served four years in the Korean War on the USS White Marsh. He was honorably discharged on June 10, 1954.

Bernie worked for United Telephone Co. for 38 years. He began in construction and then transferred to installation and repair, where he soon became a foreman. He then was appointed manager of the I and R department. In 1965 he was named service superintendent and was transferred to Newton, N.J. He retired in 1987.

In May 1989 Bernie was united in marriage with Shirley Moss Thom. He and Shirley traveled to different ports across the nation for the Annual White Marsh reunions. He enjoyed visiting with all his former shipmates. Bernie also enjoyed golf and took pride in watching his son and grandchildren play sports. He volunteered as a Little League baseball and basketball coach.

In service, Bernie was a volunteer fireman in both High Bridge and Newton, and was the chief of the Newton Fire Department in 1986. His other civic activities include the Hampton Township Rotary, where he was named a Paul Harris Fellow; and town councilman in High Bridge. For 58 years Bernie was a member of the B.P.O.E. and American Legion. He was also a member of the Independent Telephone Pioneer Association.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Shirley; two daughters, Beth (Rob) Reinhold and Margie (Peter) Gadziala; and son, Patrick (Chrysten) Shea; eight grandchildren, Colleen (Wes) Donnelly, Patrick IV (Alexandra) Shea, Peter (Marcie) Gadziala, Hank Reinhold, Andrew Gadziala, Betsy Gadziala, Maggie Reinhold and Owen Shea; and great grandchild, Brogan Donnelly. His stepchildren include Michael Thom, Charlotte (Brian) Crawford, Rick Thom and Gary Thom; and four step-granddaughters. He was predeceased by his sister, Margaret Mary Hann, and daughter Judith Carver.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 85 Marsh Drive, Carlisle, Pa., with the Rev. Daniel Menniti as celebrant. Public graveside services will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Clinton, N.J., at 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5. Friends are invited to call on Sunday, Aug. 4, at the Hoffman-Roth Funeral Home, 219 N. Hanover St., Carlisle, Pa., from 6 to 8 p.m., with a Rosary at 7 p.m.

Please consider donations in Bernie’s memory to “Bring Back our Mack”, the project to return the 1948 Mack Fire Engine, originally owned by the Newton Fire Department, to the Newton Fire Museum, at www.newtonfiremuseum.org. To sign the guest book, visit www.hoffmanroth.com.

Published in The New Jersey Herald on Aug. 2, 2013
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