Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home

382 First Parish Road, Scituate, MA


Joan Louise Shea

15 March , 193118 August , 2019

Joan Louise Marie Sullivan Shea – 88, of Marshfield, formerly of Norwell and Hyde Park passed away peacefully on August 18, 2019. She was the beloved wife of nearly 63 years to Robert J. Shea. Devoted mother of Carolyn O’Malley and her husband Stephen of Bridgewater, Robert J. Shea, Jr. and his wife Tracey of Burlington, NC, Susan Shea of Pembroke and Kimberly West and her husband David of Pembroke. Cherished Mimi of David and his wife Arielle, Patrick and Ryan West; RJ and his wife Samantha and Andrew Shea; Courtney O’Malley and the late Erin O’Malley. Loving sister of the late Richard, Marguerite,Frederick, Edward and Philip Sullivan, Marie Coyne and Frances Cummings. She is survived by her sisters in law Eileen Sullivan of Plymouth and Grace Shea of Hyde Park and many treasured nieces, nephews and countless dear friends. After raising her children, Joan worked for a time in the Boston Public Schools before taking courses and pursuing her vocation as an Investigator for the U.S. Department of Labor. After retiring she went on to volunteer for nearly 20 years at South Shore Hospital and also for the Talking Information Center in Marshfield. Ever outgoing, she became a friend to all she met. Her true love was being involved in the lives of her grandchildren, in whom she took great pride. Visiting hours will take place on Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 4-8 PM at Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home, 382 First Parish Road, Scituate. Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, August 23, 2019 at 11 AM at St. Mary of the Nativity Church, 1 Kent Street, Scituate. Interment to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Talking Information Center, PO Box 519 130 Enterprise Dr., Marshfield, MA 02050 or a charity of your choice.


  • Visiting Hours Thursday, 22 August , 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, 23 August , 2019


Joan Louise Shea

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Jennifer Sites

23 August 2019

I will always remember all of the kindness of your sweet Mom and wife. She was a lovely lady and you all have so many special and wonderful memories of her to cherish.

With love,

Jennifer Sites

linda hibbs

23 August 2019

As you can see - this well worn recipe was given to me by the lovely Joan Louise Marie Sullivan Shea in 1990. I have made it faithfully every St. Patrick's Day since then. I will continue to make it every year but while I bake, I will hoist a nice glass of wine in Joan's honor. Keep em well fed and laughing in heaven Mrs. Shea.

Ruthie Curtin

22 August 2019

Kim and the Shea Family, sending prayers and hugs to all..I’m so sorry for your loss...Kim, your mom was a ray of sunshine every time she walked into Nobles...I am so glad I got to meet her...May she Rest In Peace.

Carolyn. F Dailey

22 August 2019

It was my pleasure to be around the Shea family as one of Joan’s caregivers, I send my thoughts and prayers to all.


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Ciara Odwyer

21 August 2019

My favorite memory is a birthday card from last year