John "Jack" Shaughnessy Jr.
1943 - 2014 LEE John "Jack" Shaughnessy Jr., 71, formerly of 21 Crossway Village, a lifetime resident of Berkshire County, died Aug. 25, 2014 after a battle with a long illness. Born in Pittsfield on May 10, 1943 the son of John W. Shaughnessy Sr. of Lee and Gladys Neary of Pittsfield, he was educated at Cranwell Preparatory School in Lenox, and graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1962. Jack's employment history included City Savings Bank, General Electric in the stockroom and he retired from the City of Pittsfield as a custodian with most of his career at Pittsfield High School. He was a member of St. Mary's Church in Lee. He was involved in and loved sports, coaching Little League baseball, Paul Brindle baseball and Pop Warner football teams throughout the county. He was an active coach for Pittsfield High School with football and hockey being his favorite sports to coach and motivate the kids. He was an avid Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan. Jack volunteered endless hours to local sports teams and local hospitals in many different aspects as he was an avid local sports supporter. He is survived by the mother of his children, Paula (Lasch) Shaughnessy of Liverpool, N.Y. and his two sons, Mark Shaughnessy and wife, Rebecca of Nashua, N.H., and Tim Shaughnessy and wife, Tracy of Syracuse, N.Y. Also, two half-brothers; Thomas Shaughnessy of Pittsfield and Michael Shaughnessy; and five grandchildren (Cameron, Connor, Alexis, Molly, and Sara Shaughnessy). Jack will always be remembered for how he could make people laugh and certainly was not afraid to let someone know what he thought. FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial celebration Mass will be conducted Saturday September 6, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Church in Lee, burial to follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in Lee. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Jack's honor to the Lee Gridiron Football Club P.O. Box 982 Lee, MA 01238 or Tanner B Memorial Race: http://www.tannersrun.com/sponsor.html.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Sept. 3, 2014