MATTHEW H. SHEA
1985 - 2013
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SHEA, Matthew H. Philosophical thinker, family comedian, and Jimmy Fund Clinic patient, died in Children's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. At 27 years old, he had the life perspective of someone well beyond his years. Born in Boston on May 20, 1985, he was raised in Walpole, Massachusetts and graduated from Walpole High School with the class of 2004. Before his first battle with cancer, running track and putting to use his long strides was one of his greatest pleasures. Matt went on to graduate from Tufts University with the class of 2008. It was at Tufts that he was introduced to his other great love, political theory. He excelled at his studies and the discussions around political science and was the recipient of the Myers Award for Academic Achievement. Matt lived valiantly with cancer for over ten years. Throughout this time, and his five recurrences, Matt was strong and gracious, and fought these battles using humor and laughter as his most powerful weapons. Finding deep support and strength in his 'Jimmy Fund Family', Matt went on to volunteer at the Jimmy Fund Clinic during one of his all too brief remissions. Inspired by the medical community that supported him he became a certified EMT and while at Tufts went with the Timmy Fund to the Dominican Republic to deliver medical care just 2 weeks after one of his cancer surgeries. Matt has been a resident of Rockport, Massachusetts for the past 4 years, moving there from Walpole. Matt enjoyed learning and world travel immensely, quickly making friends around the globe on his visits to Italy, France, Ireland, Bermuda and mostly recently Singapore. Devoted son of Philip Shea of Bridgewater and Kathleen O'Neill of Rockport. Loving brother of Meghan Shea and Mike Rogers of Rockport. Cherished grandson of Gertrude (Legge) Shea of Stoneham and the late Philip Shea and Gertrude (Howard) O'Neill of Malden and the late John O'Neill. Also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and his namesake Matthew O'Neill (age 2). Funeral from the James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, 48 Common Street, WALPOLE, on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 9:30 AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Blessed Sacrament Church, East Street (Route 27) at Diamond Street Walpole at 10:30 AM. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours are Monday, April 22, 2013 from 4-8 PM. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Jimmy Fund c/o Dana-Farber Cancer Institute P.O. Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284.


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Published in Boston Globe from Apr. 20 to Apr. 21, 2013.
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April 22, 2013
Matt everytime you came down to Bridgewater your smile and laughter lit up the room. I will always cherish the time that you, Matt, and I had going skiing at Stratton VT last year. I love you, and will miss you dearly my friend.
Ian Rollins
May 15, 2013
Hi Kathy,
I was so sorry to hear about Matt. I cannot imagine how difficult this must be for you. He was an amazing young man and an ispiration to others. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Liz Dumas
May 8, 2013
Kathy,
I am devastated to hear this news. Please know you can call me anytime if you need anything at all. I'm sending you love and prayers,
Kirsten (your old neighbor)
April 26, 2013
My sincere condolences. May you find comfort and the strength to cope.
P E
April 26, 2013
Dear Phil, Kathy, and Meghan, my deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with you all. You were the first family I ever babysat for and were so welcoming and kind. I remember lots of good times with Meghan and Matt. I more recently saw Matt at Children's - what a positive, inspirational, kind and considerate young man. Peace.....Amy (Keaney) Hull
April 23, 2013
Kathy,Meg and Phil,
Heaven has another angel watching over us all..Matt made the world around him a better place. He made a difference.

At this most difficult time please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.May God Bless you all.
Don and Eileen Buckley
April 22, 2013
Meghan, Kathy and Phil;
I remember when Matt was a Peer Minister at Blessed Sacrament, while still in High School. He helped me to teach Confirmation students. He would show up for every class, despite being visibly exhausted from his cancer treatmens. His presence inspired us all. I will never forget this and he cetainly helped me and many students through their faith journey. God blest us with Matt, may he rest with God's eternal peace.
Sincere condolences and love;
Brian and Donna Gannon
April 22, 2013
With Heartfelt Sympathy Phil,

Matt lived valiantly and courageously. His approach to life is inspirational. My condolences to you and your family.
Tom Loftus
April 21, 2013
Kathy, Meghan and Family.

Please know that Matt and all of you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

With kindest regards and love,
Yolanda and Gene Zampitella
Yolanda Zampitella
April 21, 2013
To Phil and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this very painful time. With heartfelt condolences, we wish your journey in healing to be inspired by Matthew and his love for you.
...Don and Cindy Corriveau
Don Corriveau
April 21, 2013
To the Shea family, Our thoughts and hearts are with you. In honor of Matt, I am bringing the "pink Jesus statue" he gave Jenny for Christmas one year. Matt's sense of humor lives on!!! With love, Lynda and Don Deprez
April 21, 2013
phil- you and your family are in my thoughts and heart.
jim frutkin
April 21, 2013
My prayers and condolences to the Shea and O'Neill families
Janet Wheeler
April 20, 2013
Shea family, I send my prayers and condolences are with you. Matt without a doubt lived such a full life with lots of love from a great family around him. When I saw him he was always such a happy person and a huge smile. :)
Eric Gava
April 20, 2013
Phil, I hope you can take some comfort in knowing that you loved, respected and supported Matthew through his triumphs and his struggles. He was lucky to come from such a loving family, both the family he grew up in and the one he created. I carry your loss in my heart.
Patricia
April 20, 2013
Kathy and family - our hearts and prayers are with you - Matt fought such a good, long, INSPIRATIONAL fight all these years - he is now at peace and pain-free - much love, Auntie Helen and Maryellen
April 20, 2013
TO MATTHEW FROM ALL THOSE WHO WILL ALWAYS LOVE AND REMEMBER YOU.ROSES ARE RED;VIOLETS ARE BLUE. YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS AD ALL THOSE WHO LOVE YOU ARE BLUE. THEY WILL NOT HEAR YOUR VOICE AND YOU WILL NOT HEAR OURS. YOU GREAT SMILE WE WON'T SEE AND WE WILL NOT SEE YOURS.YOUR HUGS WILL WILL NOT GET AND WE WILL NOT GET YOURS. FROM A MOM WHO LOST HER OLY DAUGHTER FROM A TERMINAL ILLNESS. MOM OF GUS 32, FRED 31 AND THE LATE FRANKIE MAY BOEN22 AUGUST 1977 AND LEFT US 30TH OF OCTOBER 2010. RIP FRANKIE MAY AND MATTHEW. LOVE ALL THOSE WHO WILL ALWAYS LOVE AND REMEMBER YOU.<3
Cynthia
April 20, 2013
Matt, Although I did not know you well I am proud to say I am your cousin... The love and dignity you showed was amazing...and what joy you brought Dad , Mom, Meghan and all the Shea's and O'neill's .. I can hear your Grandfather Leo with his boistrous voice greeting you when you arrived in Heaven... "Good job young man.. life well lived" XOXO
Rosemary Gavin Coughlan
April 20, 2013
Dear Kathy and Family,
We are sad to hear the news of Matt's passing. No words can any express or ease the sadness that you are going through .Remember the happy days he had here in Walpole . He was liked by many and loved by everyone .
The Constantino Family of Walpole
Kathy Constantino
April 20, 2013
Kathy and family, I only met Matt once, at the Compass golf event and my memory of that day is Matt's smile. Through my sister, Nancy Sandman and my niece, Alison, I have heard countless stories of Matt's courage and wonderful personality. He was so resilient and made a huge impression on anyone who heard his story. My love and thoughts are with you.
Jean Sandman Manthorne
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