Joseph Alfred Shea

  • Born: April 7, 1932
  • Died: May 2, 2019
  • Location: Palm Desert, California

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Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Joseph Shea passed away peacefully on May 2nd, 2019 at the age of 87 years. Anne, his devoted wife
of 61 years predeceased him in August 2018. He was surrounded by family as he passed.
Joe was a well-rounded man comfortable on any sporting field or business meeting, with his friends,
industry peers and most importantly his family and faith.
Well known as "Papa Joe," He was an incredible Father and Grandfather and Great-Grandfather. He
was born and raised in Needham MA, a graduate of St Sebastian's School in 1950 and
Boston College in 1955. While at BC He met Anne LeBonte and they married on
January 26th, 1957 while stationed in Germany.
Joe's business career took him throughout the world, yet he and mom retained their love for
California with homes in Laguna Beach and Sonoma. His fondness for Boston was highlighted
every time he devoured a Lobster.
Always, a salesman, he transitioned to the Biotech industry in the second half of his career
and helped build the marketing departments of two major industry magazines. His reputation for
running into someone he knew in almost any place he was visiting was legendary.
Joe was predeceased by his sister Dorothy Connors.
The extended Shea family has grown to ten
grand kids and three great-grandchildren: Brian and his wife Julie of Palm Desert, and their children
Molly Salimi and her husband Barbod and their two children sons Dariush and Jami of Boston MA,
and Megan and her daughter Madison of Palm Desert CA; Kevin and his wife Maura and their three
children Caitlin, Patrick and Caroline of Hopkinton MA; Brendan and his wife Cheryl and their three
children Sidney, Claire, and Morgan of Westford MA; and Kerry (Shea) Loder and her husband Noel
Loder and their two sons Jack and Sean of Mill Valley CA.
Plans are for a funeral mass on Friday June 21st at 11 am at St Leo's Catholic Church in Sonoma.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I met Joe in the early 90s when I worked as a media buyer in a small advertising agency representing Applied Biosystems and later Perkin-Elmer. He sold advertising for BioTechniques and other life sciences publications. Joe was always friendly and helpful, and even called me a few times after I moved on to work with non-biotech companies. He just liked people wanted to stay in touch, that's who he was. I wish I had done a better job staying in touch, as he was a genuinely kind man. In fact, even though I haven't spoken to him in 20 years, I happened to think about him today and googled him and found this. My condolences go out to his family, but I know he lived a long and full life.

Cheers, Joe. I know you are out there somewhere. I look forward to seeing you again when my time comes.

Lee Burton

Posted by Lee Burton - CA - Acquaintance   July 21, 2019

I will miss my dear classmates visit to the Cape. He was just a great big teddy bear Heartfelt memories and I am sure he is with St Joseph in heaven. Dick&Jean Schiffmann

Posted by richard schiffmann - barnstable, MA - Classmate   May 15, 2019

Heartfelt condolences. Joe will always be remembered for his positive and warm personality. He was a great colleague, a sincere friend and mentor to many.
His iconic sign off "Cheers" will always be associated with him. I will miss him.

Posted by Sande Giaccone - Stony Brook, NY - Coworker   May 15, 2019

My sincere condolences to the Shea Family. I consider myself lucky to have had the pleasure of working with Joe at BioTechniques. He was a mentor and a friend. Joe always gave excellent advice with sincerity and the classic "Joe Shea" sense of humor. May he rest in peace, God Bless.

Posted by Dan Nicholas - Hamburg, NY - Coworker   May 14, 2019

I really can not remember when I met Joe because he has always been a good friend of my family. We met him and his family when they lived in Upland, California, he was a neighbor. We kept in touch with him no matter where he was living. We spend several summer vacations with him and his family when they lived in Laguna Beach, California.
He was always happy and had a smile on his face. I was truly sad to hear about his loss.
I know that without a doubt anyone who knew him will certain mourn the loss of him.
Rest in Peace, You be missed but never forgotten, Love You.

Posted by Lorine Hamilton - Glendora, CA - Friend   May 08, 2019


Family Album

Our last visit with Joe in January. He was moving a little slow, but was his normal perky self with a big smile on his face and a sparkle in his eyes. We will miss him!
Shea Family in 2009 at Quail Gardens Wedding
Family at 50th Anniversary