Michael "Buddy" O'Shaughnessy
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AGE: 81 • Wall
Michael "Buddy" O'Shaughnessy, 81, of Wall, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 22, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Elmhurst, NY, to Michael Joseph and Frances McNamara O'Shaughnessy, he was a graduate of St. Agnes High School in Manhattan. He earned his BS in Economics from Fordham University in 1951, and then faithfully served in the US Navy from 1951 to 1954. Buddy married his beloved wife Betty Moran, and he and his family resided in Belle Harbor, NY before moving to Howell in 1976. Buddy started his career as a sales manager for Swift & Company, but later became the Managing Partner for Urner Barry Publications in Toms River, NJ, retiring as President in 1998. Buddy was the ultimate sports enthusiast and was a dedicated CYO basketball coach at both St. Francis De Sales in Belle Harbor, NY and St. Veronica's in Howell. He was an avid boater and fisherman, tennis player, and a devoted fan of the NY Giants. Buddy had a smile for everyone he met; his sense of humor and zest for life were inspiring to all who knew him. He was devoted to his family and was especially dedicated to his grandchildren in their numerous endeavors. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Buddy was predeceased by his brothers John and James O'Shaughnessy, and his grandson Declan Cuozzo. He is survived by his wife Betty of 52 years, son Michael and his wife Kara O'Shaughnessy of Brielle; daughter Joanne O'Shaughnessy and her husband Matt Lewis of Brick; daughter Liz Cuozzo and her husband Dr. Gregory Cuozzo of Brielle; and grandchildren Luke, Ava, and Max O'Shaughnessy, Liam and Finn Cuozzo, and Liam Lewis.
Visitation will be on Tuesday from 4-8pm at O'Brien Funeral Home, 505 Burnt Tavern Road, Brick. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11am at St. Catharine's Church, 215 Essex Avenue, Spring Lake. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Buddy's name to St. Jude's Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude's Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For more information, directions, and condolences, please visit www.obrienfuneralhome.com.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Jan. 23, 2012