Richard J Shinn, Sr. passed on May 5, 2014 at the age of 82. He was born on December 27, 1931, the oldest of three children and was raised in Havertown, Pennsylvania outside of Philadelphia. He graduated from Haverford High School in 1950 and served in the Navy as an Electronics Technician from 1952 to 1956. Mr. Shinn served on Patrol Boats based in Key West, Florida and made frequent port calls in Havana, Cuba. He worked for the Aeronautical Engineering division of Ford Motor Company for 33 years training foreign air force pilots in the use of the company's avionics equipment and spent extended periods of time overseas including Italy, Morocco, Nigeria, Brazil and Iran. Richard's many interests included electronics and gardening. He would frequently repair and refurbish old television sets as a hobby and once built a television out of unwanted electronics components from his work. On the weekends he would typically be seen working on his lawn or vegetable garden. Perhaps his greatest accomplishments were through his membership in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) where he was approaching 34 years of sobriety at the time of his death. Through this program he directly and indirectly helped countless men and women by relaying his experiences and showing empathy towards others in the program. He was frequently sought to speak at AA meetings large and small and held several volunteer leadership positions in both Pennsylvania and Florida. Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Janet Shinn and second wife, Dorothea Howard Shinn as well as his parents. Richard is survived by his wife, Rita of Palm Coast, Florida whom he married in 1996; daughter, Maria Shinn Bouck of Cleveland, Ohio; son, Richard Jr. of Pleasanton, California; two sisters; five grandchildren; one great grandson and six nieces and nephews. A private service will be held in the Philadelphia area. The family prefers that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the co-founder of AA, Dr. Bob's Home, PO Box 449, Akron, OH 44309.
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on May 13, 2014