Matthew H. Shea

Walpole, Massachusetts

May 20, 1985 – Apr 17, 2013 (Age 27)


May 20, 1985
April 17, 2013
Walpole, Massachusetts


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Matthew H. Shea: philosophical thinker, family comedian, and Jimmy Fund Clinic patient died in Childrens 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, 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 to brief remissions. Inspired by the medical community that supported him he became a certified EMT and while in university went with the Jimmy 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. A homebody at heart, he enjoyed learning and world travel immensely quickly making friends around 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 (Legged) 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 ONeill (age 2). Funeral from the James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, 48 Common Street, Walpole was held on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 9:30 AM. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in Blessed Sacrament Church East Street (Route 27) at Diamond Street Walpole at 10:30 AM. Relatives and friends were kindly invited. Visiting hours were Monday, April 22, 2013 from 4-8 PM. Interment was 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 02284-9168.

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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.

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.

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)

My sincere condolences. May you find comfort and the strength to cope.

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

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.

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...

With Heartfelt Sympathy Phil,

Matt lived valiantly and courageously. His approach to life is inspirational. My condolences to you and your family.

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