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SHANAHAN, James A., Jr. Lifelong resident of Manchester, NH, passed away on February 27, 2013 in Naples, FL where he and his late wife Judy wintered for over 25 years. He was 86. Jim was born on March 18, 1926 in Manchester, the son of the late James A. Shanahan Sr. and Clara Slattery Shanahan. He graduated from Manchester Central High School in 1943 and then attended Dartmouth College where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity and the Dragon Senior Honor Society. His college years were interrupted by his service in the US Army during World War II and he served in the 35th Infantry Division. Jim fought in the Battle of the Bulge where he was wounded, was awarded a Purple Heart medal, and subsequently returned to the front and was part of the closest US Army division to Berlin when peace was declared in Europe. After graduating from college in 1948, he attended Boston University School of Law where he received a law degree in 1951. Jim returned to Man- chester after law school where he earned his Certified Public Accountant certification and joined his father's accounting firm which eventually became part of Deloitte & Touche. He was the Managing Partner of Manchester's Deloitte & Touche office for many years before his retirement in 1988. A man of great integrity, intelligence, and wisdom, Jim was frequently sought out for his advice and counsel as a businessman, mentor, friend, husband, father, and grandfather. As a CPA and attorney, his professional and civic accomplishments touched almost every aspect of Man- chester life. Jim was passionate about politics and very active in the Democratic Party. He offered his financial expertise to national, state, and local campaigns, and was a Delegate for the 1964 Democratic National Convention. Jim was an ardent Red Sox fan, a season-ticket holder for both spring-training and regular-season games. A loyal Dartmouth alumna, he attended at least one football game in each of the last 79 years, except for one "bogey" while he served his country during World War II. He was an avid tennis player and also enjoyed combining his love of history with worldwide travel with his wife Judy. In his retirement, he cultivated an extensive sports memorabilia collection. As a community and professional leader, he served in many capacities throughout his life: President of the NH Society of CPAs, the NH Chapter of the National Association of Accountants and the Manchester Historic Association; Chairman of the NH Board of Accountancy and the City of Manchester Trust Funds; member of the Manchester NH Housing Authority and the NH Bar Association; Director of Merchant's National Bank, First Bancorp of NH, and the United Way of Manchester; Commissioner of the Manchester Police Department, the NH Lottery Commission, and the Manchester Housing and Redevelopment Authority; Finance Committee Member of Catholic Medical Center; Trustee of The Derryfield School, Franklin Pierce College, the McIninch Foundation and the Norwin and Elizabeth Bean Foundation; and Tour Guide of the Currier Museum of Art's Frank Lloyd Wright Zimmerman House. Jim is survived by his four children, James A. Shanahan III of Manchester, Gay E. Shanahan and her husband James Goldenberg of Duxbury, MA, Thomas G. Shanahan and his wife Susan Stacy of Barnstable, MA, and Elizabeth A. Shanahan and her partner Alexander Zale of Bozeman, MT. He also leaves ten grandchildren: Peter, Brett, Aidan, Angela, Regina, S. Gray, Samuel, Lilian, Tevis, and Yulissa. He had two sisters, Jane S. Anderson of Hamden, CT and the late Patricia S. Jordan of Friendship, ME. Jim's life was a series of well hit baseballs-his influence was steady and incremental, but he made the plays that make the difference. Visiting hours will be from 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM at the Goodwin Funeral Home, 607 Chestnut Street, MANCHESTER, NH, on Monday, March 4, 2013. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 207 Hemlock St., Manchester, NH on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Interment at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Bedford, NH will follow a gathering after the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the General Fund or the William Green Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation, 37 Pleasant Street., Concord, NH 03301.Pleasevisit: www.goodwinfh.com to sign the online guestbook. Goodwin Funeral Home 607 Chestnut Street Manchester, NH 03104 603.625.5703

Published in The Boston Globe on Mar. 3, 2013
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