John E. Shea
1950 - 2021
John E. Shea, formerly of Wollaston passed away unexpectedly April 26, 2021 at the age of 70. Born July 2, 1950 to Edward and Mary Shea. John graduated from North Quincy High School in 1968. He was a member of Franks Deli Crew in Wollaston. He served in the US Navy for 4 years. He worked for New England telephone (Verizon) as a cable man in the Summer St garage in South Boston and also Braintree and Weymouth. After retiring, he drove for Linden Ponds, Town of Plymouth schools and most recently Dial a ride (Gatra) John is survived by his wife Karen (the love of his life) and Chip their fur baby, also his sisters Sue Shea, Rose and Keith Phoenix, Jean and Kerrin Curran, his brother Michael and partner Linda of Naples Maine. He is the brother n law to Richard Nastasia, and the brother to the late Nancy Nastasia and Bobby Shea. Dear Uncle to Joshua, Molly, Amanda, Nolan, Casey and Mikey. Son n law to Robert and Marianne Ford, sister n law to Susan Ford and the late Uncle Johnny Ford and many beloved cousins. John loved his family very much and vacationed often with many of them. Vegas, Aruba, Florida and Canada, to name a few. He enjoyed his cars, boats and fishing. He had a very large record collection, which started in the 1960's and he always knew when one of his sisters borrowed one or two of them, they never put them back in order... When it came to sports memorabilia he had one item he was very proud of, a coffee table made entirely out of hockey sticks which was sent to him by his friends at the Orr/Walton Hockey Camp in Orillia Canada. It was his favorite. As a child he spent every summer on Cape Cod, As an adult he continued to enjoy the Cape at his family's Blueberry farm in Sandwich. He and Karen loved their unique home in S. Plymouth, a yard in which he transformed every year into a whimsical, mystical oasis of beauty. They enjoyed a very happy and fun life together for 20 years. They were perfect for each other. We will miss him so very much, his funny sense of humor and his family memories of us as he was the oldest, but most of all his signature sign off on all his phone calls - OVER and OUT... we love you Mr. Moonlight, due to covid there will be a life celebration when it is safe to do so. If you wish please, send a donation to the charity of your choice.
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Published by Old Colony Memorial on May 7, 2021.
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John was a dear friend, who I came to know through the Wollaston beach crowd. He was responsible for encouraging me to apply at New England Telephone, after the lengthy Nationwide strike in the summer of 68. We enjoyed many nights at the old Boston Garden, rooting the Bruins on. We were fanatical Bruins fans and once decorated our Christmas tree with photos of the Bruins. He also, introduced me to one of his friends at the Quincy youth arena, where I purchased a pair of wonderful pair of skates, that actually fitted perfectly. They were like magic slippers. Many nights, John the gang and I would head up to Cunningham Park and Milton and play pick up hockey, downing a few beers and having a lot of laughs. And of course, who could forget our swimming marathons at the Quincy quarries. So many memorable times together, when we shared an apartment in Elmwood Park, Quincy. So often we would head over to Andrews Park, tossing the football around. Often, We would host parties at Elmwood Park. John was a dear friend whom I will always remember.
Paul Ware
May 23, 2021
I just loved John. He was a great cousin who went out of his way to be loving and kind whenever he saw you.
Maureen Stone
May 7, 2021