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Timothy Robert Shea Feb. 28, 1953 - Nov. 28, 2011 Timothy (Tim) departed this life suddenly and tragically on November 28, 2011 of a brain aneurism. He was born on Sampson Air Force base near Romulus, New York and his family moved to Gales Ferry, CT in 1959. He graduated from Ledyard High School, CT in 1971 and earned a bachelor's degree from Eastern Connecticut State University in 1975. Tim transplanted his New England roots to San Francisco where he resided for 36 years. He applied his creative sense of color for many years to painting and restoring San Francisco's Victorians. He literally traveled the world (50 plus countries) with his wife and soul mate, Ruth. Family and friends remember Tim as a talented photographer and writer who loved wildlife and traveling to exotic destinations. He was caring and considerate with a genuine sense of family and friendship. He was gregarious, well read, had an alert, creative mind, a terrific memory, a unique sense of humor and a true zest for life. He cared deeply about social justice and equality. For the past 10 summers, Tim and Ruth traveled to Nova Scotia, Canada to spend time at their country home in Grand River (Ruth's birthplace). They enjoyed many visits with cousins, friends and their lobster and crab feasts. Tim was an avid SF Giants fan and loved music, especially the blues, Neil Young and Bob Dylan. He had a parade of unique and loving friends across the world who already miss him dearly. He is survived by Ruth MacKay-Shea, his loving, devoted wife and partner of 35 years; sister Susan Bishop (husband Scott); brother Michael Shea (wife Gail); sister-in-law Shawna Reid (husband David McGaffin); nephews Ian, Tyler, Troy, Mathew, Jason; niece Kerri; grandnieces Bradi, Emi; grandnephews Andrew, Carter, Boyd and Hunter; and many cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Wallace George Shea and Celia Shea (Wodjylak) formerly of Gales Ferry, CT. Ruth extends her deepest gratitude to the immense outpouring of sympathy and support from everyone in their community of family, friends and work colleagues. A memorial service in San Francisco for family and friends will be announced at a later date (probably Spring 2012), with a burial ceremony in Grand River, Nova Scotia next summer. In lieu of flowers, donations in Timothy's memory can be made to the following: The Marine Mammal Center, 2000 Bunker Rd, Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito, CA 94965 (415) 289-7325, http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/Get-Involved/give/memorial-gifts.html Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, 391 Grove St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 626-7500, https://www.friendssfpl.org/?Donate_Now
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Dec. 11, 2011
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