James J. Shea

16 August, 194229 December, 2018

Chairman, Western Quebec School Board and Retired Superintendent, Ottawa Catholic School Board

It is with deep sadness that we announce the untimely death of James Shea of Aylmer, Qc, surrounded by his beloved wife of 55 years, Theresa and his loving daughters Ann, Karen, Cathy and Lisa. He is fondly remembered by his sons-in-law Dean Jenne, Peter Gleason, Ben Jannison and Dan Saumure. His grandchildren Isaac, Julia, Olivia, Claudia, Anna, Abram, Clara, Jude and Hallie will forever cherish many fond memories of their time with grandpa.

Jimmy is predeceased by his loving parents Addie Lagarde and Leonard Shea and his brother Marcel. He is survived by his siblings Raymond (Rose Marie), John (Helen), Cletus (Frances) and Helen (late Alex) and many nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues.

Jim was a lifelong educator who championed the underdog. His mission was to provide the best possible educational experience for students. He worked relentlessly for minority language rights, and was a strong advocate for inclusion, equity and justice for all.

The family will receive condolences at St. Mark the Evangelist Church, 160 rue Principale in Aylmer at 10:00 a.m., funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. on Friday January 4th, 2019 followed by a reception in the church hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Western Quebec School Board for the James Shea Memorial Fund, in support of disadvantaged students. Donations can be mailed to WQSB at 15, rue Katimavik, Gatineau, Qc, J9J 0E9.

Make a difference in the life of a child! – J.J. Shea


  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, 4 January , 2019


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Faye Thomas

23 June 2021

My name is Faye Thomas (McHugh). Mr. Shea was my teacher when I was in grade 6 at St. Joseph's school in Farrellton, QC. He was a new teacher and very likeable. I am the one that had a skating accident on the school rink in February of 1963. Mr. Shea was so very kind and attentive to my situation. Over the years I have thought of him MANY times and how stressful it must have been for him to have this happen so very early in his career. TODAY was one of those days when I was reminiscing about this situation and I decided to google his name and perhaps get in touch. I am so very sorry to hear of his passing. My sincere sympathies to his entire family. Even though it has been over 2 years I decided to write and share with you how much of an impact he had on my life. I went on to become a teacher myself!

Susan Forward

4 January 2019

Very sorry to hear of your loss. I met Jim through Canadian Parents for French and admired his work and his leadership. Deepest sympathy to the family. My thoughts are with you today. (S. Forward, St. John's NL)

Eric Belanger

4 January 2019

Sincères condonléances à Ann et sa famille. Nos pensées sont avec vous.

Eric Bélanger et Pasquale Di Venere

Julie Morin Matassa

4 January 2019

Karen, Cathy and all the family,
Our sincere condolences for the loss of your father (husband, grandfather)
He was a wonderful man.
Love from the Matassa family xox

anna-marie fortin

3 January 2019

I am sadden to hear the loss of your father, husband. I had never met Mr. Shea, but have been close relations with Mrs. Shea over the years. My prayers go out to the family.

Teresa Michalak

3 January 2019

Dearest Shea Family
My heart goes out to all of you at this very sad and sorrowful time
Jim will be missed by all
All the times John Helen and I would run into Jim he always had a big smile on his face and some Irish humour to share
A fine man that brought support and love to many
Deepest condolences to the whole family
Teresa Michalak

Lucie Dionne

3 January 2019

To the family,

So sad to here the passing of Mr Shea. It was a honour to have him as our Chaiman of our School Board. I had the chance of working with him and he was very special man. He will be miss a lot. My deepest sympathy to the family.

Hank Gigandet

2 January 2019

Sincere condolences to Ann and her family, Jim Shea was a relentless leader in the pursuit of bilingualism locally and with Canadian Parents for French. He inspired everyone with his hard work and dedication.
Sincères condoléances à Ann et sa famille. Jim Shea était un leader acharné dans la poursuite du bilinguisme local et avec Canadian Parents for French. Il a inspiré tout le monde par son travail acharné et son dévouement.

Shirley Groleau

2 January 2019

Dear Ms. Shea,

We are so sad to hear about your loss. Hugs to you and your family. xoxo

Maria-Teresa Mastrocola and Brian Rock

2 January 2019

Dear Theresa and family,
Please let us take this opportunity to offer our deepest sympathy from our family to yours.
The loss of Jim is one that will be felt for a very long time in the municipality, the region, the province, and the nation.
Jim was just as comfortable discussing the issue of official languages with the Prime Minister of Canada as he was chatting about how the day was going with an elementary school pupil.
Jim was a man of the people: wise, approachable, down to earth, compassionate, and some one whom you enjoyed having breakfast with as much as sitting next to at an evening banquet.
We will miss him so much! Rest in peace, Jim! With warmest regards.

From the Family