John Patrick Daniel Shea
It is with great sadness that the Shea family announces the passing of John, "Jackie", or "Jack". After a relentless struggle during a brief illness, he passed away with his family by his side at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital on Friday, March 9, at the age of 86. Jackie was born on May 25, 1931 to the late John P. and Mary Teresa (Kennedy) Shea of Tompkinsville.
On October 11, 1958, Jackie married the love of his life, Marion (Cunningham) in Toronto. There he spent 13 years working at Goodyear Tire. Jackie and Marion eventually returned to Lesterdale with their family in order to provide care for his parents. After returning home, he spent 20 years working for Eastern Dairy Foods delivering milk to Canso and Dover; he quickly became well-known and respected by the residents in these communities.
Jackie was a loving husband and devoted father and cared deeply for his family and friends. If it was in his power to do so, he would do anything for anybody, and always tried to do the right thing. He was a man of tremendous integrity, with a strength of character that had an "edge" but also a kind heart. The humility and religious faith he displayed throughout his life have been an inspiration to us all. Jackie loved animals, including the horses he and his father had as a young man and, most recently, his two "girls" Molly and Tuukka, the beloved family cats. He will forever be remembered for his kindness, sense of humour, and love of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Jackie was predeceased by his parents, his dear son, Tompkins Adrian (Teddy), and his sisters, Marguerite Phalen, Patricia Young, Helen Sceeles, and Dorothy Williams. Jackie is survived by his wife, Marion, daughter Lisa at home; sons Michael (Sharmaine) and Jeffrey (Faye) Lesterdale, son Kevin (Debbie) Antigonish; grandchildren Kaitlin (Thomas) Edmonton, AB, Jenna (Edward) Lesterdale, Kyle (Tesh) and Taylor (Jack) Toronto, ON, and Zachary (Hannah) Portland, ON; and numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces, and grand nephews.
Visitation will take place in Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Guysborough, on Thursday, March 15 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Friday, March 16 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Funeral mass will be held at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Guysborough on Saturday, March 17 at 11:00 am, with Father Callistus Abazie officiating. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery.
The family wishes to thank the physicians and nursing staff of Guysborough Memorial Hospital and St. Martha’s Regional Hospital for the wonderful care they provided to Jackie in his final weeks. Donations may be made to Guysborough Memorial Hospital Ladies’ Auxiliary, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, or a charity of choice. Family flowers only, please. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at www.haverstocks.com.
He is not gone our dearest love,
Nor has he travelled far,
Just stepped inside home’s loveliest room
And left the door ajar.