SHAUGHNESSY, Theodore "Ted" Theodore "Ted" Shaughnessy died doing exactly what everyone that knew him knew that he would do in a situation that threatened both his and his wife's lives. He saved the life of his wife, Corey, by giving her just a few critical seconds to fight back. Both he and one of their Rottweilers, the beloved "Bart" were shot to death during the invasion of the Shaughnessy home. Ted was patient, kind and loving. He loved his job and took great pleasure in helping folks find beautiful jewelry that represented special times in their lives. Playing show-and-tell with all the gemstones was a favorite pastime and so was just chatting and becoming friends with his clients. These chats could last hours and range across varied topics, starting with jewelry or gemstones but then jumping to a comparison of grilling techniques, the sharing of auto or kart racing stories, or just the swapping of dog taleswho knew what he would end up talking about! He thoroughly enjoyed it and he made lasting friendships. Ted was a proud father to his son, Nicolas, and one of his most cherished memories was of racing against his son at the Karting track. He took great satisfaction in having taught his son well enough to beat his dad to the finish line. Ted and Corey celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary this past January. It is a long time, but not nearly long enough. There was so much more to experience and live through together. They were true partners in every sense, the best of friends, and now one half of the whole is gone. Ted is survived by his wife, Corey, and his son, Nicolas. Ted is also survived by his mother, Teresa Shaughnessy ; brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Stephanie Shaughnessy; niece, Katie Shaughnessy ; brother, Timothy Shaughnessy ; his father and mother-in-law David and Barbara Garman; brother-in-law David Garman Jr.; and, Nicolas' Godmother, Betty Bednarz. To remember Ted, please do someone a little kindness and ask that they pay it forward.
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Mar. 10, 2018.