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“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....Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: richard schiffmann - barnstable, MA

“Heartfelt condolences. Joe will always be remembered for his positive and warm personality. He was a great colleague, a sincere friend and mentor to...Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: Sande Giaccone - Stony Brook, NY

“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...Read More »
3 of 4 | Posted by: Dan Nicholas - Hamburg, NY

“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,...Read More »
4 of 4 | Posted by: Lorine Hamilton - Glendora, CA


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.