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Robert J. "Wig" Shea

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BABCOCK LAKE, N.Y. -- Robert J. “Wig” Shea, 76, died Saturday, May 27, 2006, at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington, Vt. He resided at Babcock Lake. He was a most loving and devoted father and grandfather.

Robert was born on June 16, 1929, in Hoosick Falls, son of the late Edward and Irene (Dorr) Shea. He graduated from Hoosick Falls High School, class of 1947. He then entered the United States Air Force and served during the Korean conflict. While serving he attained the rank of sergeant and received two Bronze Stars.

After serving his country, Robert received his degree in broadcasting from the University of Miami. He retired from SUNY at Albany, after a successful career in broadcasting, in 1991. He was an avid downhill skier, biker, golfer and lover of all things Irish and proud of his Irish heritage. Wig was happiest on his mountain at the Tucker Inn (his home), where he enjoyed some solitude in winter, as well as his role of constant host and cook during the swimmer. His door was always open.

Survivors include his daughters, Kelly Shea-Bradley of Latham, Julie Lynch and her husband, James, of Hoosick Falls; a son, Robert E. Shea and wife, Roberta, of Croton; their mother, Pauline Shea; his sister, Rita Bromirski and her husband, Anthony “Ski,” of Hoosick Falls; and his grandchildren, Madison and Jackson Shea, James and Justin Lynch, and Marcus Bradley.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. from the Mahar Funeral Home, 43 Main St., in Hoosick Falls. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. from the Immaculate Conception Church on Main Street in Hoosick Falls. Burial will follow the Mass at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Hoosick Falls.

Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Academy through the funeral home.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 30, 2006
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