Gerard Edmond Shea, 83, formerly of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the son of the late James F. Shea and Frances (Fitzgerald) Shea, passed away peacefully on Good Friday, March 30, 2018.
Mr. Shea was born in New York City, September 29, 1934. He attended Queens College- New York, and The City College of New York. Mr. Shea served with the U.S. Army and Coast Guard Reserves.
On November 21, 1959, Mr. Shea married the love of his life Margaret (Peggy) Corrado of New York, and they were married for 57 wonderful years until her passing in September of 2017. Mr. Shea was a member of the Exchange Club and had served as President of the Optimist Club in Ft. Lauderdale and Pompano Beach, Florida. Mr. Shea was a Christian Gentlemen and was a faithful and devoted member of St. Coleman Catholic Church in Pompano Beach, Florida and St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.
A friend to all, Mr. Shea loved reading and was an avid supporter of his grandchildren in all endeavors. Mr. Shea loved everyone and was loved by all who knew him. He was not capable of prejudice or ill-will toward anyone, and never met a stranger that he didn’t think was a new friend. He adoring loved his wife Peggy, his wonderful children and grandchildren and all of their friends. “Poppi” was known and loved by many and will be greatly missed.
Mr. Shea was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret, and brothers, Geoffrey and Donald. Survivors include a daughter, Kerry Beckham and her husband Robert “Bob” of Charlotte; a son, Dr. Gerard Shea of Atlanta, GA; sisters, Claire Marie Dolan and Marion Jelinek; and eight grandchildren, Ryan, Murphy, and Peyton Swancy of Charlotte and Jordyn, Bailey, Colin, McKenzie, and Aiden Shea of Atlanta. He is also survived by brothers in law, The Very Reverend Dennis Corrado and Donald Corrado and wife Peggy, all of New York and many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Saturday, April 14th from 10-11 AM in the Narthex at St. Gabriel Catholic Church followed by a Memorial Mass in the Chapel at 11AM.