Robert John Shea Sr.

May 20, 1932October 14, 2021

89, of Marshfield, formerly of Norwell and Hyde Park passed away peacefully on October 14, 2021. He was the beloved husband of nearly 63 years to the late Joan (Sullivan) Shea, who predeceased him in 2019. Born in Everett, he was the son of the late Albert J. and M. Evelyn (Gammon) Shea. He was raised in Dorchester and proud to be “OFD” (Originally from Dorchester.) He was a graduate of Boston Technical High School and went on to proudly serve in the United States Air Force. He started his civilian career as a “copy boy and ended as a copy grandfather,” working first for the Boston Post, then for many years working for both Boston Edison and for the USPS. Upon retirement, he and Joan quickly discovered that he needed something to occupy his free time, so he began working as a courier for Gatehouse Media well into his 80’s. He and Joan shared a full, beautiful life together with family and life-long friends at the core. Travelling, hosting numerous gatherings, small and large and never missing their Friday night date nights at Uno’s and Saturday nights at Alfredo’s with their group where the wait staff knew their names and drink orders before they even sat down. He was the devoted father of Carolyn O’Malley and her husband Stephen of Bridgewater, Robert J. Shea, Jr. and his wife Tracey of Burlington, NC, Susan Shea of Pembroke and Kimberly West and her husband David of Pembroke. Cherished Papa of David and his wife Arielle, Patrick and Ryan West; RJ and his wife Samantha and Andrew Shea; Courtney O’Malley and the late Erin O’Malley. Great grandfather to Charlotte and Sugarbubs to Maeve and with a special place in his heart for Kelly and Morgan. Bob is predeceased by his brother James A. Shea and his sister Eileen E. Sullivan and her husband Philip. He is survived by his sister in law Grace Shea of Hyde Park. He is also lovingly remembered by many nieces, nephews and friends. Visiting hours Tuesday, October 19, 2021 from 4 to 8 PM at Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home, 382 First Parish Road, Scituate. Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 11 AM at St. Mary of the Nativity Church, 1 Kent Street, Scituate. Interment to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, Attn: Financial Operations, 733 Third Avenue, Ste. 510, New York, NY 10017 or Arthritis Foundation, 1355 Peachtree St NE, 6th Suite, Atlanta, GA 30309.


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 19, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Wednesday, October 20, 2021

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