JA Snow Funeral Home

339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax, NS


Barbara Joan Shea

August 17, 1935August 9, 2019
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SHEA, BARBARA JOAN, age 83 of Halifax, passed away on August 9, 2019. She was the daughter of Arnold J. MacPherson and Helen Vaughan (Cole). Predeceased by her husband James J. Shea, and infant sister, Mary L. She is survived by her son, Paul (Daphne) of St Margaret’s Bay, and daughter, Eileen Kelly (Brian) of Halifax, and four wonderful grandchildren, of whom she was so proud, Robert and Lesley Shea, and Ryan and Megan Kelly, all of Halifax.

Barbara received her Bachelor of Arts and her Masters from Mount St. Vincent University. She was a woman of faith and love and devoted many years volunteering at QEII in the Palliative Care Unit, as well as Mount Saint Vincent University. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority for over 50 years, fund raising to donate to many different charities. Barbara retired from teaching in the Halifax Regional School Board in 1990. She spent most of her career teaching in the north end of Halifax.

Visitation will be held at J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive Tuesday August 13, 2019 from 2 – 4 pm and 6 – 8 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Benedict Church, 45 Radcliffe Drive, Halifax, on Wednesday, August 14, at 10:30 am, with reception to follow in the church hall. Burial at Gates of Heaven Cemetery for family only. Donations to Palliative Care Unit at the QEII, or a charity of your choice.


  • Visitation Tuesday, August 13, 2019
  • Visitation Tuesday, August 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 14, 2019
  • Reception Wednesday, August 14, 2019
  • Committal Service Wednesday, August 14, 2019


Barbara Joan Shea

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Cynthia Parker

August 20, 2019

Dear Cousins,

I am truly saddened by the news of Aunt Barbara’s passing. She has been part of almost every memory I have of my childhood and young adult years. I’ll always remember her never-ending bowls of candy and her kind heart. She taught me the importance of being a good friend and of embracing new ideas. Without her advice, who knows how long it would have taken me to discover pantyhose (and more). She was a wonderful aunt.

Terry Kelly

August 17, 2019

Heartfelt condolences Eileen and Brian Megan and Ryan, Paul and Daphne and the extended Shea family.

Her memory will remain strong for ever in the hearts and minds that she's touched along the way.

Kathy tomko

August 15, 2019

Dear Eileen, Paul and Family,

Please accept our heartfelt sympathy at the loss of your Mother.

Cousin Barb was such a vibrant person and the life of any Vaughan gathering.

The photos provided are a wonderful tribute to your Mother; I especially like the one of Nana Vaughan, Aunt Helen and Your Mother on her Wedding Day.

You are in our thoughts.

Kathy and Wayne Tomko

Helen and Family Leahy

August 13, 2019

Dear Paul, Eileen and Family,
Our hearts go out to you at the loss of your mother and our dear Sister-in-law and Aunt. Living in another province didn't allow us the fortune of visiting often but whenever we could, Barb would be the most wonderful host. She and Jim were always laughing, happy and loving. We share your loss and our prayers are with you.
Love, Aunt Helen and Family

Mark Grantham

August 13, 2019

I would like to send my sincerest condolences to all of Barbara's family. I was fortunate to have "Mrs. Shea" as my grade 6 teacher at the Annex in 1978/79. But even luckier than that, it was Barbara who first introduced me to the wonders of oil painting, through the noontime painting classes she taught. Because of her generosity in giving up her lunch hour so that we students could share in her knowledge and passion for painting, I completed, under her guidance, my very first paintings. I will always be grateful to her for that.

George Vaughan

August 13, 2019

Rachel and I would like to send our condolences to Paul and Eileen and the entire family. Barbara was such a wonderful person , always full of life and I always thought a pillar of the Vaughan clan.
She will be missed.

Rachel and George Vaughan

Marsha Mann

August 13, 2019

Barb was a woman of quiet strength and confidence. She did things well but with seeming ease. She was a force.
Barb was a fellow teacher I admired and looked up to. Her students learned, thrived and definitely towed the line. She had it balanced.
She will be missed as part of our Tuesday morning coffee group.
My love and thoughts to her cherished family and grandchildren.

Teresa Walsh

August 13, 2019

My condolences to you all! Your Mom was my teacher in grade 4 at the annex and I always figured we were in the smart class ha. She was straight forward and an excellent teacher. I have always thought fondly of her. So very sorry for your loss. Take care,

Raymond MacDougall

August 12, 2019

Paul, Eileen and family, Your mother impressed all of us as students at St Stephen’s with masterful teaching style—no wasted time, no boredom. We all learned a lot in her class, particularly math class, and her reward often was games that seemed like fun but ultimately reinforced her lessons. We respected and admired her. I recall a summer school for music when I met you, Paul, and it dawned on me that she also was a dedicated mother with a family who shared her with all of us. Thank you for that. May God comfort you at this time. The angels had better fly straight!

Catherine (Delaney)Glencross

August 12, 2019

Dear Paul and Eileen,
It seems like an eternity since I sat in your Mom's Grade 4 classroom as a student of St. Stephen's Annex. She was a very patient and kind teacher who shared her wealth of knowledge with her students. I have many memories of my year with her but my favourite one was when she deemed I was ready to write with a fountain pen using my favourite ink colour, Peacock Blue.
May the Good Lord send His angels to stand watch and comfort you while you grieve the loss of your Mom.
Catherine (Delaney) Glencross