Daniel Raymond O'Shea
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Daniel Raymond O'Shea, 68, of Chicago and long-time resident of Grayslake, IL, newspaper man, Cubs fan and avid follower of local lore, died Wednesday, January 30, 2008. He was born April 29, 1939 in Woodstock, IL, to Daniel E. and Elizabeth Jane (Conway) O'Shea.

On June 10, 1967, he married Diana A. (Incollingo) O'Shea at St. Cyprian Catholic Church in River Grove.

He worked for the News Sun in Waukegan for 37 years, retiring in January 2006. In his years with the newspaper, he held several key editorial positions, including sports editor, assistant managing editor and managing editor. In 1997, he was named to the College of Lake County Athletic Hall of Fame for his career as a sports writer. He also served on the F. Ward Just Foundation Journalism Scholarship Committee and other local scholarship committees. Before joining the News Sun in 1968, he worked at the Quad City Times for two years. He began his professional newspaper career in 1962 at Lakeland Newspapers in Grayslake, and from 1962 to 1964, he also was the editor of battalion newspaper The Nike News, while serving in the U.S. Army in Georgia.

He was a 1957 graduate of Grayslake High School and a graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. He also served on the St. Gilbert Catholic School Board.

Survivors include sons, Daniel G. (Johanna) of Chicago and Michael (Jillyn) of Chicago; two grandsons, Aidan and Padraig, of Chicago; and sisters, Sheila Aleckson and Noreen Benzoni; and brother, John. He was a fond uncle of numerous nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Diana; his parents; and his sister, Sharon Iandolo.

Visitation will be from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, February 3 at Strang Funeral Chapel and Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 4 at St. Gilbert Catholic Church, 301 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake with interment at Avon Cemetery in Grayslake.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Benedict Parish Restore the Block Fund, 2215 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60618.


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Published in News Sun from Feb. 1 to Feb. 2, 2008.
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February 6, 2008
Dan was honest, basic, down-to-earth and a great journalist who made the News Sun his home even though his talents could have taken him to bigger newspapers. I worked with him for only eight years but will always remember his kindness and thoughtfulness. My condolences to his children. Everyone who knew him from the News Sun has lost a great friend.
Matt Fiorito
February 4, 2008
I heard from my parents that Danny used to dance with me when I was a baby to get me to stop crying when I was fussy. He was that way with everyone--always aware of the needs of the other person and ready to help. The words from the prophet Micah fit him--he did what the Lord required of him--acting justly, showing mercy and walking humbly with his God.
Nonie O'Shea
February 3, 2008
We were sorry to hear that Dan is gone. Also we didn't know that Diana had passed. We enjoyed being their neighbor and friends through the years. We shared some laughs and talked about our children as they grew. The best to you, Dan and Mike.
Don & Sharon Lloyd II
February 3, 2008
Goodbye Dan,

You are missed already. You were a good friend to our whole family.
Mary McIntyre
February 3, 2008
My father came to visit me for lunch one day while I was working as a reporter at The News-Sun in Waukegan. My Dad stepped off the elevator wearing his favorite work clothes, dark blue cotton slacks and a comfy sweatshirt. I teased him later that he looked like a bum. As my Dad turned the corner from the elevator and started to walk toward me, I could see Dan O’Shea at the opposite side of the room. He looked up from the copy desk, alerted to this stranger, and saw him walking toward me. Like a bolt, Dan jumped out of his chair and ran in my direction, calling to my Dad, “Can I help you???!” Really, Dan was heading to protect me. I will always remember that. When he and my Dad reached me at the same time, I introduced them and Dan, a little embarrassed, greeted him warmly. Dan started to apologize for shouting across the newsroom, but I stopped him and gave him a hug. While he was a terrific newsman, Dan was first and foremost a human being. He was an unlikely protector, a big, quiet, soft-spoken man. He always had a quick smile. A few years later, when I had already left the newspaper, I brought my first-born son to visit and Dan took him in his arms. Another memory of this terrific man. I am so honored to have known him and his loss is a huge loss for all of us.
Vicki Quade
February 2, 2008
My deepest sympathies to Dan's family. I remember so fondly Dan's gentle smile and readiness to help the newbies to journalism, like myself. He was, more than anything, a wonderful human being.
Bea Armstrong
February 2, 2008
I grew up with Dan. He was always a strong sports fan and a good person. He could always quote sports statistics for all of the local and non local teams. I lost track of Dan when we graduated high school in 1957. MIraculously we met again at last year's 50 year class reunion. He was the same pleasant gentle guy - just a little older. I am glad I got to see him once again.

Goodbye Dan !
Roy Kellogg
February 2, 2008
Good bye Dan, you had a great life in a great family.

Cousins: Gary and Pam Meehan
also Mike Conway of Fremont, Neb.
John Meehan
February 2, 2008
A great newspaperman and all-around kindhearted guy. When I was an intern and cub journalist I appreciated his kindness, wit, warmth and talent. In my years in journalism since I've often thought of him. He'll be missed.
Dru Sefton
February 1, 2008
Dan was not just my big brother; he was my best friend. We could and did talk, laugh and confide in each other. I am a better person because he was my brother. Dan, the Cubs will be great in '08!
Sheila Aleckson
February 1, 2008
As the catcher on our News-Sun softball team, Dan, the biggest guy on our team, provided half of the biggest hit of all time. The biggest guy on the opposing team rounded third and tried to score. The throw beat him by half-a-step, there was this big boom of two giants hitting...Dan hung onto the ball and the other guy was out, helping safeguard a win. Afterward, Dan said the other guy "sounded like thundering hooves."
Godspeed Dan!
Art Peterson
February 1, 2008
A good friend and a strong teammate has been added to the Great Newsroom in the Sky. Forewell to a good right-hand man in the days when journalism still meant doing in right for the readers.
--Pierre-Rene Noth
Pierre-Rene Noth
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