Charles "Keith" Shay, after 90 years of family, friends, laughter and adventure, died Monday, May 14, 2012. Born on Dec. 12, 1921, Keith grew up in Highland Park, IL a mere two blocks from Lake Michigan on which he would later sail Sunfishes and windsurf as much as the weather would permit as an adult. Keith's mother died when he was 12 and his grandmother took over raising him and his two siblings, George and Marjorie. He never met a sport he did not conquer as a youth, but he had a special affinity for diving. He graduated from Highland Park High School then from Amherst College, after which he was assigned to the USS Pritchett, a WWII destroyer. After WWII, Keith went on to Yale Law School. It was during this time that he got to know Marilyn Louise (Taylor) Shay, the love of his life. After graduation he married her, started his law career and started a family. Reid Shay and Cynthia (Shay) Haig joined the family in 1953 and 1956, respectively, making Keith and Marilyn parents. During this time, Keith lived in Winnetka, IL and was elected Partner in the law firm Schiff Hardin. It was at this law firm that he spent his career working with mergers and acquisitions until 2000. Keith made friends everywhere he went, whether it was while playing badminton, skiing or, in later years, walking his beloved dog, Ginger. Keith and Marilyn moved to Highlands Ranch, CO in 2008 to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Keith was widowed in 2011 when Marilyn passed away. His children Reid Shay and Cynthia (Shay) Haig, his daughter-in-law Melissa Shay and his grandchildren Jessie Shay, Dan Haig and Nick Haig were lucky to have known such a truly amazing person. (And at least this grandchild hopes she can live with even half of the excitement her grandfather did.)

Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on May 25, 2012