Joseph L. Shea

June 20, 1936May 14, 2018
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CONCORD – Joseph L. Shea, 81, of Concord died on Monday, May 14, 2018 at Concord Hospital following a brief illness.

He was born in Portland, Maine on June 20, 1936 where he lived in his younger years and attended Portland schools.

Joseph proudly served in the United States Marine Corps during the Cold War.

He was employed for many years with the State of New Hampshire.

He was a member of the Marine Corps League, Gary S Dillon Attachment, Concord and he served as Treasurer of the Concord Veterans Council.

He is predeceased by his wife Nancy (Blanchard)Shea. He leaves behind a daughter, Cynthia Shea of Loudon, NH; two step-daughters, Paula Saltmarsh of Pembroke, NH and Sarah Lowery of Valley Park, MO and a step-son Kurt Saltmarsh of Concord, NH. He also leaves behind seven grandchildren and one great grandson.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4pm with a prayer service at 4 pm on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Bennett Funeral Home, 209 North Main Street, Concord. A private committal service will be held at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Pope Memorial SPCA or the NH Marine Corp League Toys for Tots.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Bennett Funeral Home of Concord.


  • Visitation Wednesday, May 23, 2018
  • Prayer Service Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Joseph L. Shea

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Robert Fallona

May 20, 2018

Uncle Joe where do I begin? While he was 14 yrs older than me & we called him Uncle Joe, most of the time I thought of Joe more as a Brother. Back in Portland growing up he was at our house & summer camp more often than not. We spent a lot of time at the camp on Watchic Lake which Joe helped build. And when we moved to Manchester he stayed with us for awhile. While I wasn't old enough our Mom told us the story of him putting on a Superman cape & jumping off our house roof! And when he was home from Basic Training we were in the living room & I asked if he knew Karate. He stood next to me and did a leg kick & flicked my ear. He & Grandpa Shea were my Little League coaches. In later years, though I had moved around alot, I always loved the chance to come back to NH & visit with Joe & family. We had a blast riding on snowmobiles up in Conco. He will be sorely missed, but never forgotten.

And thanks for all the old photos .

Carol Walton,

May 17, 2018

My condolences to Joe's family. Joe was my clubhouse Vice President here at Jensen's. He said to me at our annual BBQ in 2017, " I'll be VP if you run for President". He inspired me to try it. He also was our sausage cooker on our Sat. morning breakfasts. Such a honorable, sweet gentleman. I'm going to miss him dearly.
RIP My Friend.

Richard Shea

May 16, 2018

One of the best Christmas gifts I ever received came from Uncle Joe when I was a teenager. He had just come home from the Marines on leave and gave me a large model of the "Yorktown" aircraft carrier. I worked on it for many hours and kept it on a shelf next to my bed. Whenever I talked to Uncle Joe he was a true blue Marine. even in the gifts he gave.