Stephen A. Shea

Stephen A. Shea

November 26, 1925 - March 27, 2015

Stephen A. Shea

November 26, 1925 - March 27, 2015


Stephen Anthony Shea of Mission Viejo, California, died March 27, 2015. He was predeceased by his adored wife Dorothy Mae (Nelligan). Steve is survived by their four children Mary Anne Weatherwax (husband Claude), Stephen Raymond Shea, Maureen Shea (husband Allen Ergo) and Jeanne Noonan (husband Tom).

He enjoyed his 13 grandchildren: Keith, Jeremy, Steve, Michael, Tim, Dan, Erin, Luke, Nicole, Paul, Jamie, Ryan, and Rebecca.

He was blessed with 10 great-grandchildren: Bailey, Logan, Alanna, Mackenzie, Aiden, Hunter, Carson, Peyton, Tyler and Audree.

Steve served in the U.S. Navy; attended the University of Notre Dame and graduated from Iowa State with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Steve had a successful career in air conditioning with Carrier, Thermalaire and Comfort Conditioning.

Some fun facts about Steve:

Proud of his Irish heritage

Loved all things Notre Dame

Loved SC football (especially the band), college football and March Madness (always picked UCLA)

His first car was a 1926 Whippet

Enjoyed a bowl of ice cream every night

Liked to travel and had a list of places still to see

Traded stocks actively and encouraged others to do research and make trades

Baked homemade bread and made his own salad dressing from scratch

Watched Charlie Rose every night; read two newspapers along with many magazines and was always up on current events

A ‘meat and potatoes’ type of guy

Had computer expertise, used an IPAD, had Facebook and Twitter accounts; tracked his stock purchases in excel and could stream local HS games on the computer

Loved ‘his’ dog, Riley

Generous, supportive, encouraging and loved to laugh

Cars, food and a 3-olive gin martinis were appreciated

Delivered Meals-on-Wheels for over 16 years; part of the Stephens Ministry for many years

Took pleasure in parties, family gatherings and eating all kinds of food

Enjoyed all activities related to his grandchildren – sports, plays, music concerts, school events

Delighted in the lives of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren

A vigil service and rosary will be held on Monday, April 6th at 7 p.m. at O’Connor Mortuary, 25301 Alicia Parkway, Mission Viejo. The funeral will be Tuesday, April 7th, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Kilian Catholic Church, 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Meals on Wheels/Age Well Senior Services, Inc., 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA 92692 (949) 470-3603 or to Loyola High School, 1901 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90006 (213) 382-5121.

Steve touched many lives and will be greatly missed.

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10 responses to Stephen A. Shea

  1. Our sympathies to our Shea Cousins in CA. Steve and all of you were so welcoming to your Moriarty cousins from Chicago and Kerry during each of our visits. I remember Steve and Dorothy visiting in Chicago many times and coming for a visit to my Mom and Dad’s house. Steve and I had a nice visit when I was in CA in 2013. He reminded me so much of his Dad which brought back good childhood memories of great uncle Steve for me. We will be thinking of you all.

    Patrick and Nancy Moriarty
    Homer Glen, IL

  2. Colie Noonan says:

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  3. Colie Noonan says:

    He was one special man who impacted the lives of many. My family is so blessed to have had him in our lives. He always had a sense of humor and was full of spunk. One thing I will never forget about Poppa was his positivity. He went through life with a smile and always had some good advice to give. He was such an inspiration, and I am so thankful to have had such an amazing role model for a grandfather.

  4. steve says:

    Dearest Shea Family,

    Unfortunately, prior commitments will not allow me or my family to attend the services for Steve.

    I met Steve as he was my Dad’s (Gus) Business Partner – but was and continued to be, for me, much more as a most cherished friend and wonderful and giving Advisor throughout the ensuing years – I will miss him with the fondest of memories.

    Love and may God Bless you,
    Steve Weiss

  5. Keith says:

    Years go by too fast.
    I still want 1 more dinner with you. A burger cooked in a toaster oven, riced potatoes, and home made salad dressing. Followed by ice cream in the recliners.
    I remember my great grandfather. We called him Poppa #1. I remember how he walked, spoke,!and smiled. I wish my kids could remember the same about you. We have pictures and videos but it’s not the same.
    Thank you for giving me someone to admire.

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