Sgt. John Patrick "JP" Shea Jr. (1990 - 2013)

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EASTHAMPTON - Sgt. John "JP" Patrick Shea, Jr., 22, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, serving with the 1st Battalion 182nd Infantry Regiment of MA Army National Guard of Melrose, died suddenly Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, at his residence, on Main Street in Easthampton.

He was born Oct.12, 1990, in Northampton, the son of John Patrick and Shelley May (Bernier) Shea, Sr., of Easthampton.

He was educated in the Northampton public schools and Smith Vocational High School having studied forestry.

He worked for his uncle at Shea Tree Service and with his father at John P. Shea Electrical before his National Guard unit was activated to Afghanistan to provide security in that region from 2011 to 2012. Upon JP's return from his deployment, he worked for ISA Security of Springfield, while pursuing a career in fire service.

During his free time, JP enjoyed target shooting, playing basketball and baseball, watching his favorite New England sports teams and spending time with his cherished nephews.

Besides his parents, JP is survived by loving sisters Chauntelle J. Paquette – Shea and her fiancé Jonathan Peters-Wolfe of Northampton, Sierra L. Shea of Northampton; his girl friend Veronika Hean of Northampton; his paternal grandparents Judith B. Shea of Northampton and Bernard F. Shea and his wife Carol of Easthampton; maternal grandmother Marlene Valencourt of New York; his three cherished and adored nephews, Jonathan, Naihmond and Jaylen of Northampton; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, great-aunts and great-uncles.

He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather Robert Bernier.

Services for JP will be private at the Graham Funeral Home. A public burial will be held with full military honors Friday, Aug. 30, at 1 p.m. at the MA Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam.

Public calling hours will be Thursday, Aug. 29, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Graham Funeral Home, 18 Adams St., Easthampton, who has been entrusted with providing for JP's care and services.

At the Families Request, please make your donation in his memory to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Aug. 28, 2013
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