Nickerson Funeral Home

77 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans, MA


John "Jack" P. Shea

August 13, 1934April 4, 2020

John (Jack) P. Shea, 85 of North Eastham, beloved husband of the deceased Janice (Edwards) Shea, passed away peacefully after a battle with cancer. He leaves his daughters, Mary (Shea) Flanagan and her husband William of Plymouth, Ma; Ellen (Shea) Byrd and her husband Douglas, of Eastham; and son Michael Shea and his wife Kathleen of Ireland. He was predeceased by his son Timothy. John leaves eight grandchildren, one great grandchild, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He also leaves his brother James Shea of Shrewsbury and his sister Anne Marie Shea of Worcester. John was predeceased by his twin sister, Margaret (Peg) Shea O’Connor of Columbus, Ohio.

Born in Worcester on August 13, 1934 he was the son of Michael and Helen (Greney) Shea. He was a former resident of Auburn, Ma, where he and Jan lived for 31 years, before retiring full time to their home in North Eastham. John attended South High in Worcester and then graduated in the Class of 1956 from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Ma. He served as a Lieutenant in the Navy as a pilot and was honorably discharged after serving in the Navy Reserves.

He worked as an accountant and comptroller at Rice Barton in Worcester. Later, he worked at Lodding Engineering in Auburn, then its corporate headquarters, ThermoElectron. In 1984, he founded Pixelink, a high-resolution computer company in Hudson, Ma which he ran with his son Tim until retiring. After his retirement, he worked as a bookkeeper at the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, until 2015.

John belonged to the Cape Cod Retired Pilot’s Club, the Orleans Coffee Club, and the Orleans Yacht Club. He maintained many friendships from his college and early years for his entire life and he treasured telling stories of his past experiences with them. He loved to travel, fish and golf. He enjoyed all of his Cape Cod friends and especially his neighbors, who supported him and kept him safe and cared for. He was a communicant of St. Joan of Arc Parish in Orleans and a member of the St. Joan of Arc bereavement group.

A celebration of John’s life will be at a later date. His family would like to thank all those who have reached out to with their prayers and support, especially the dedicated health care teams at Cape Cod, Faulkner, and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals, the staff at Dana Farber, and the nurses at Cape Cod VNA Hospice.

Donations in memory of John can be made to Merrimack College- The Timothy Shea Memorial Scholarship, 315 Turnpike Street, North Andover, Ma 01145 or to the Cape Cod VNA Hospice, 434 Rt 134, Suite D3, South Dennis, Ma 02660.


  • A celebration of John’s life will be at a later date


John "Jack" P. Shea

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Kaye Richardson

April 15, 2020

To the Shea family Jack was a member of the St. Joan of Arc bereavement committee for several years. He greatly enhanced our group meetings with his presence ,his positive personality and his skill at listening to and comforting others . May he rest in the peace of the Risen Lord . My prayers & good memories of Jack ,I send to his family as they remember him during these
difficult times . Kaye Richardson (formerly of Eastham ) Milton Ma.


April 15, 2020


Karen & Tom Harmon

April 15, 2020

We send our condolences to the family. We will miss meeting Mr Shea on our walks down Higgins and Baywood. Sometimes he was out sitting on his porch and we’d just wave and exchange a few words. . Other times, we’d meet out on the road, he is in his ball cap, and we’d stop to have a longer chat. He was a sharp, articulate and very interesting man. We will surely miss him. Sincerely, Karen & Tom Harmon, Eastham neighbors

Pat Fitzgerald

April 6, 2020

My husband and I want to give Jack’s family our sincere condolences. I met Jack at the Orleans Yacht Club and he always had a smile for everyone. He was a wonderful man. We are sorry for your loss.

Tom Lenox

April 6, 2020

John was a faithful participant in our Cape Area Pilots Association breakfast group, and I was privlaged to sit at a table with him the last several years at the Fairway. John shared many stories of his Navy days and after when he worked for Gilette. Proud of his Irish heritage, he still was able to share many Irish jokes too. I was always deeeply touched by his recollections of Carrier landings, particularly at night and bad weather. Made me appreciate what those guys went through on a daily basis and the reason for many Military specifications I dealt with in my career. Rest easy now John!


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