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Lee Funeral Home

11840 Highway 90, Little River, SC

OBITUARY

John "Jack" Shea

June 1, 1932June 11, 2019

John “Jack” Shea, 87, died June 11, 2019 at Loris Rehab and Skilled Nursing Home in Loris, SC falling victim to Parkinson’s Disease. Previously Jack was a 20 year resident of the Little River community.

Born on June 1, 1932 in Pittsburgh, Pa, he was the son of the late John Francis and Mildred Morgavo Shea. Jack is survived by his estranged wife, May Morrison Shea; son John Edward (Connie) Shea; daughter Kim Marie Shea; grandson, John Michael O’Shea (Josey); and granddaughters Jennifer Lynn Pecorari (John), Melissa Marie Shea-Lawson (Julie), Catherine Hamil (Andrew), and 12 great grandchildren.

At age 17 while pitching in a local ballgame Baseball Hall of Famer Pie Traynor, who was a scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Club, noticed his knuckleball pitch and signed him to a contract. Due to an injury his career was shortlived. He then began a succesful 35 year career in retail merchandising.

Upon retirement Jack pursued his love of golf spending the next few decades retailing, playing, and teaching golf in a professional capacity at clubs around the Pittsburgh area and several North and South Carolina coastal courses. He was a member in good standing in the Tri-State PGA. He also enjoyed playing golf with his friends and PGA members in the Beaver Falls and Ellwood City area.

Visitation will be Sunday, June 16, 2019 at the Lee Funeral Home in Little River, SC from 2-5pm.

A Roman Catholic Mass will be held at 12:00 noon, on Monday, June 17, 2019 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in North Myrtle Beach. Burial will follow at Southern Palms Memorial Gardens, North Myrtle Beach, SC.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, June 16, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Monday, June 17, 2019

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Melissa Shea-Lawson

June 17, 2019

Melissa Shea-Lawson

June 17, 2019

Melissa Shea-Lawson

June 17, 2019

Love...always. Nothing or no one can change the love my Grandfather has for his family. Look at that smile!!!!

Kim Shea

June 16, 2019

My Father was the most kind loving man. Growing up he was so strict on me. I use to get so mad at him but as I got older I understood why he was that way & I had thank him for that because that what had made me the strong woman that I am today.
My Dad was loved by so many people that came into his life, starting with my Mother, his loving wife, even though they had been separated for many years they still talked & were friends. My Dad still loved my Mom & she too still loved my Dad. How can you not, still being married for 68 years. My Dad use to tell me, " I may not be with your Mother but I will always take care of her.
I remember him telling me, " Kim I will always take care of you until I take my last breath.
This was so true of him, I never took advantage of him but my last 2 years when I was in a desperate need of help, who was there for me , "My Dad"
His last 2 years were difficult but he got around really well with the help of his best friend Debora Lash Masso. They started being friends in 2014. They did a lot together, eating out, playing golf, watching the Steelers, Pens games, going to the beach.
When my Dad's health started declining Deb was an absolute GODSEND! She helped him with his speech, exercise his legs & taking him to Dr. appointments. If it wasn't for Deb I don't know what I would not have done. Deb has also lost a good friend in my Dad.
My Father was a good Dad, Husband, Grandfather, & Great Grandfather.He loved & could't wait for the numerous visits from his family.
My Dad died of a Broken Heart. As he is looking down from Heaven, he is watching all of us & knows how much he is Loved & always will be Loved.
I Love you Dad, until I see you again.
Your Loving Daughter,
Kim (Puper)

Catherine Hamil

June 16, 2019

I will always be your little chiquitita. Always.

Melissa Shea-Lawson

June 14, 2019

He never missed a birthday or a holiday. His family meant everything to him.

Melissa Shea-Lawson

June 14, 2019

I have such wonderful memories of my Grandfather and Grandmother’s house.

Melissa Shea-Lawson

June 13, 2019

Another picture that I will treasure always!

I miss you, Grandfather. Xoxo
- Melissa

Melissa Shea-Lawson

June 13, 2019

When I think of my Grandfather, every memory that my Sissy (Jenn) listed floods my heart and makes me smile. That was our sweet Grandfather.

The one that touches me the most though is “Do you need anything from your Grandfather?” He would have given or done anything for any one of us. We never needed anything more than having him in our lives though. Just knowing he was there was worth its weight in gold.

Going to NC when I was a small child to visit family, walking a chilly beach, hand in hand with my Grandfather. Loving the seashell that he found for me that trip. I still have that seashell and will treasure it always.

My Grandfather coming to my “beauty parlor” as a young child and allowing me to do his hair - barrettes and all. He was so loving and made me feel that I had given him the best hair-do he ever had. He was such a trooper and the best Grandfather!

Watching “Mr. Ed.”

“Cadillac Jack”

When he smiled at you he also smiled at you with his eyes. You always knew just how much he loved you.

The gentle squeeze of your cheek. My Grandfather adored us and we adored him.

In a recent visit, he tightly held my hand and never let go...only when he peacefully fell asleep did he.

My Grandfather was THE strongest and most loving man I have EVER met. No one will EVER be able to fill his shoes.

Grandfather, you will always be loved and adored beyond measure and while our hearts are heavy right now, we were incredibly blessed to have YOU as our Grandfather. Not everyone gets that gift and I will eternally be grateful for you.

Until the day I see you again...I love you always & forever,
Melissa

Jennifer Pecorari

June 12, 2019

Pizza at Aiello’s. Trips to get ice cream. Wanting to teach us to play golf. Taking us to Vinnie’s for dinner. Always calling on a Holiday. Never missing a birthday. Endearingly squeezing our cheeks. Lovingly giving us a wink of his eye. Taking us to a ball game. Sending us golf shirts in the mail. Coming to the hospital for all three of my children's births (despite the wee early morning hours).  Giving us a dollar or two every time we saw him as children, and then passing that tradition onto his great-grandchildren.  His notorious sayings like “Capiche,”  “I’m going to go see a man about a horse” and “Do you need anything from your Grandfather?” 
 
These are some of the wonderful memories I have of my Grandfather. He was very proud to be a Grandfather and he loved to be around his grandchildren. 
 
You are dearly missed, Grandfather. I love you and I will see you in Heaven. God bless you always.

Love,
Jennifer
 
PS: He never brought home that horse, and that was okay. We all got something much better: My Grandfather.

FROM THE FAMILY