Robert L.'s Story
Robert L. Shea, 86, of Gloucester, husband of Emma (Day) Shea, passed away on Thursday, May 26, 2016, at the Golden Living Center following a brief illness.
He was born in Peabody, Mass., on January 13, 1930, son of the late William Shea Sr. and Gertrude (McGrath) Shea McDonald and step-father, Charles McDonald.
Robert was a graduate of Peabody High School. After high school, Bob enlisted in the Marines and was stationed in Hawaii, San Diego, and Okinawa, Japan. He then re-enlisted during the Korean War and served as Corporal in the Battle of the Punchbowl in Kaean, Korea. Bob was proud of his service to his country from 1947 to 1957 as a Marine. After returning home, Bobby married the girl of his dreams, Emma, who he had been devoted to for 58 years.
He worked for a few years at Ocean Crest Seafoods and later at Ipswich Shell Fish.
Bob and Emma loved music and dancing to the big bands throughout the North Shore. You could often find Bob walking Stacey Boulevard and around town. Bob loved being with his grandchildren and great-grandson and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Emma Shea; his daughter, Kerry Molloy and her husband, David of Gloucester; granddaughters, Patricia “Patty” Molloy and her fiancé, Francesco “Frankie” Richiez of Peabody, Kathleen “Kako” Molloy and her fiancé, Aaron Thompson of Gloucester; his great-grandson, Braeden Richiez; his sister, Jane Marie Rizzotti of Danvers; sister-in-law, Geraldine Bodwell and her husband, James of Ipswich; former sisters-in-law, Arlene Shea Hadley, Phyllis Shea DeLanglis; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his uncle, Leo McGrath, former Mayor of Peabody; brother, William R. Shea Jr.; brothers-in-law, Stephen “Hawkins” Rizzotti, Frederick “Buddy” Day and his wife, Mary; sisters-in-law, Kathleen “Kaye” Surrette and her husband, Lloyd, Margaret ‘McGee” McGrath and her husband, Bob, and Dorothy “Dot” Rizzotti and her husband, Frank.
His Graveside Service will be held in Calvary Cemetery, Gloucester, on Thursday, June 2, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend.
Visiting hours in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester, will be held on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m.
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James C. Greely Funeral Service