Gerard Peter O'SHEA
November 3, 1933 – September 9, 2020
Gerard “Rod” O’Shea died September 9, on his 53rd wedding anniversary, at his second home, from complications attributed to Myasthenia Gravis.
Rod was born November 3rd, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York, the youngest of seven children, to Michael and Sarah O’Shea. After graduating from LaSalle Academy he served in the Air Force during the Korean War as a cryptographer. After discharge he continued his education at St John’s University (B.A.) and Columbia Teachers College (MAT). During the 1960’s he taught speech & drama and produced plays at Scarsdale High School. In 1967, he married the love of his life Madelon Kavey, the beginning of a true love story. After starting a family, and although Rod loved his “work kids”, he retired from public school teaching, and started Gerard P. O’Shea Associates, Inc., the communications company he ran for the next 45 years. In the early 1980’s Rod wrote THE NEW READING, establishing him as a nationally recognized reading expert. This book was followed by several others, including a series of how to effectively coach kids to play youth sports. For over 25 years, Rod and his wife had local weekly radio shows on WFAS, White Plains radio – TALKING WITH ROD O’SHEA and MR. OPEN NIGHTER. A firm believer in giving back to his community, Rod served as President of The Edgemont Association, currently serving as treasurer; Chairman of The Council of Greenburgh Civic Associations; and on town committees too numerous to name. In recognition of his years of dedicated service, he and Madelon received the Edgemont Community Council’s Silver Box community service award. He was very active in veterans affairs, made written contributions to various veterans publications, served on the Veterans Service Advisory Board of Westchester County and worked to help raise money for Canines for Combat Veterans and wounded warrior groups. He was most proud of the work he did to help create memorials to Gold Star Mothers and to gain recognition for non-citizen mothers into Gold Star Mothers in America. Rod was a proud member of 2285 VFW and American Legion 979. He also belonged to the Korean War Vets and the DAV. Rod loved his little piece of heaven in Florida; he valued his family time over everything else. He rarely missed a game, a performance or an opportunity to spend time with his children. He really lived a full, active, erudite life.
Rod is survived by his wife, Madelon; his sons, Mitchell (Lisa), and James (Elisha); his daughter, Michele-Ann (Matt); grandchildren, Morgan, Kevin, Allison, Acelyn, Makenna, Eleanor and Samuel. He was pre-deceased by all his siblings.
Burial, with military honors, was in Florida National Cemetery. Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Eastchester Veterans Foundation, 433 White Plains Road, Eastchester NY; Fisher House at James J. Peters VA Hospital, Bronx, NY.; or a veterans group of your choice.
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Gerard Peter O'SHEA
September 21, 2020
9 days ago my Dad passed away. Although we knew it was a matter of time towards the end, we still thought we had more time. My Dad is at peace now and is no longer suffering and that is what matters most.
He had been battling Stage 4 Metastatic Melanoma for the last few years and due to complications from an auto immune disease he had, Myasthenia Gravis, dad finally lost his fight. He fought like a warrior. He didn’t have to fight the way he did, but he didn’t want to go down without one. I was so proud of him for that. What strength that took! At 18 years old, dad enlisted in the United States Air Force. During his time served, he became a Senior Cryptographer and fought in the Korean War. He was proud to have served his country.
For those of you who knew my dad, first and foremost he was a family man. He was so proud of his wife, Madelon and all they accomplished together as well as his kids, Mitchell, Jamie, and myself, and our accomplishments, including our families, his daughter-in-laws, Lisa, Mitch’s wife, and Elisha, Jamie’s wife, his son-in-law Matt, my husband and his grandchildren, Morgan, Kevin and Allison (Mitch and Lisa’s children), Eleanor and Samuel (Jamie and Elisha’s children), and Acelyn and Makenna (Our children). He would talk about all of us with such pride, boasting about what we were doing, etc. He cherished all of his friendships, of which he had many, and the memories he shared with each and every one of you. As one of my dad’s closest friend’s recently wrote to mom, “He was a true winner.”
Dad was the youngest of 7 and he out lived all his siblings. As you can imagine our family is quite large. Every year for the last 49 years we have had a family reunion, giving the entire family a chance to get together for a weekend and catch up, enjoy each other, tell jokes (of which dad told many), etc. Dad looked forward to that weekend every year, more than I can express here. For the last several, Dad was not well enough to attend,
September 12, 2020
I just found out about Uncle Rods passing and wanted to let you know, how very sorry I am for your Loss. You will all be in my prayers and thoughts. Sending much love. Kat