OBITUARY

Robert James Shea Jr.

October 23, 1945February 6, 2019
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Robert James Shea Jr. passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at the age of 73. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that he had touched in some way throughout his life. He was the beloved husband of 49 years to Catherine L. Shea. Loving father of Kevin Patrick Shea and Janet Shea Totora (Steven). Son of the late Robert James Shea Sr. and Mary Esther Johnson Shea.

Robert was born in New Orleans and was a longtime resident of St. Bernard Parish, currently residing in Villa Rica, GA since hurricane Katrina. During his time in Chalmette, he enjoyed a long career with Albach Co Inc. and after moving to Villa Rica, enjoyed work as an estimator at FabArc Steel Mill in Oxford Alabama. He proudly served his country as a Seabee in the U.S. Navy, serving in Vietnam. He later received an associate degree from Delgado in Drafting before continuing to Tulane for two years. Outside of work, Robert remained active with his family and friends. He was known for many years as “Coach Bob” to the students he taught at Imperial Lanes in Chalmette before hurricane Katrina. He loved collecting coins, reading books about the Civil War and World War II, watching famous war movies and even participated in several Civil War re-enactments. Most of all, Robert had a great love for New Orleans and was always proud to call himself a New Orleans son. He celebrated so much that New Orleans has to offer, from Mardi Gras to seafood to sunsets over Lake Pontchartrain, and having a cold Old Fashioned to wash down the good times with his friends and family. He was a wonderful example of what it means to care for others and will be deeply missed by us all.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation to be held at ST. BERNARD MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 701 W. Virtue St., Chalmette, LA on Wednesday, February 13th from 12:00PM – 2:00PM, followed by a Funeral Mass in Robert’s memory beginning at 2:00PM. He will be laid to rest in St. Bernard Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Robert to The Wounded Warrior Project, Donor Care Center, P.O. Box 758512, Topeka, KS 66675 or www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Services

  • VISITATION Wednesday, February 13, 2019
  • FUNERAL MASS Wednesday, February 13, 2019
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Robert James Shea Jr.

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Tracy Totora

February 15, 2019

There is a saying that I have heard when someone passes, "May their memory be a blessing." The memory of Mr. Bobby will always a blessing for me and my family. My heart is with Mr. Bobby's family at this most trying time.
-Tracy Totora

FRANK Benfiglio

February 13, 2019

Our hearts are broken that God has called Bob home. It was truly a blessing to have worked and known him over the years. He was a spe cial person to so many. You left us with many wonderful memories. May God comfort Cathy and the family to cherish those memories. Know that he will always be with us in Spirit, God Bless.

Sylvia Boudreaux-Smith

February 11, 2019

My heart is shattered. Working with Bob was truly a pleasure and blessing. He would bring me the best gumbos and jambalayas that his beautiful wife would cook. True Cajun cuisine. Nothing could beat it. Bob was such a caring and compassionate man. Thank you Bob for your service to this country, your kindness, and your friendship. Rest in peace my friend. I will miss you tremendously.

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