REV. JOHN J. SHEA
Rev. John J. Shea, 88, former Pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Granby, died Sunday at the Providence Hospital. Born in Holyokeson of the late John J. & Katherine (Martyn) Shea. Educated in Holyoke schools he attended St. Charles Collegein Catonsville Mds. & The Grand Seminary in Montreal 1941 - 1945. He was ordained by the late Bishop Rev. T.M. O'Leary DD on Jan. 13, 1945 in Springfield. He did Postgraduate studies at Catholic University (Schoo lof Canon Law. CURATE: Willimansett, Saint Mary, 2/16/45 to 8/31/45; Adams, Saint Thomas, 8/31/45 to 10/6/51; Springfield, MercyHospital, 10/6/51 to 9/30/53; Springfield, MercyHospital, 6/21/54 to 7/17/54; Springfield, SaintLukeHome, 2/4/67 to 6/27/70. POST GRADUATE: Catholic University (Schoolof Canon Law), 9/30/53 to June 1955 (J.C.L. June 1955); North American College, Rome, October 1955 to July 1956 (Doctorate in Canon Law). CURATE: (pro-tem) Sheffield, Our Lady of the Valley, 8/21/56 to 10/6/56;Holyoke, Blessed Sacrament, 10/6/56 to 6/29/57; Palmer, Saint Thomas the Apostle, 6/29/57 to 2/4/67. VICE-OFFICIALS: 9/10/62 to 8/9/69. OFFICIALS: 8/9/69 to 3/1/82. PASTOR:Granby, Immaculate Heart of Mary, 6/27/70 to 2003. APPOINTMENTS: Diocesan Consultor, 5/16/73 to 5/16/76, 5/16/76 to 5/16/79, 5/8/79-5/8/82, 6/8/82 to; Priest Senate, 6/9/80 - 6/9/83; Episcopal Vicar of Greater Holyoke, Hampden Central and Hampden West Vicariate, 7/15/78 to 7/15/81; Episcopal Vicar for Greater Holyoke, Hampden Central and Hampden West Vicariate, 10/15/81 to 10/15/84; Episcopal Vicar of the Greater Holyoke, Hampden Central and Hampden West Vicariate for three-year term, 1/7/85 to 1/7/88; Episcopal Vicar of the Greater Holyoke, Hampden Central and Hampden West Vicariate 10/1/88 - 10/1/91; Episcopal Vicar of the Greater Holyoke, Hampden Central and Hampden West Vicariate 2/1/91-1/1/96; Pro-Synodal Judge, 5/1/82 to 5/1/92 (ten years); Chairman of the Diocesan Building Commission, 10/1/88 to 10/1/90; Judge to the Provincial Court, Springfield Division 11/23/89 - 11/23/92; Diocesan Building Commission, 1/1/96 - 9/30/96. RETIRED: 7/1/03 Providence Place, Holyoke, MA 01040 for appointments, etc. He leaves three brothers, Joseph & Jerome Shea of Holyoke & James Shea ofSpringfield. He was predeceased by a brother Edward Shea. Rev. Shea leaves several nieces & nephews. A concelebrated Mass will be said on Thursday at St. Patrick Chapel ofSt. JeromeChurch at 10 AM. Burial will follow in St. Jerome Cemetery. Rev. Shea will lie in state at St. Patricks Chapel on Wednesday from 5-7PM. Followed by at Prayer Vigil at 7 PM in the chapel. The Hobert Funeral Home,Holyoke are in charge of arrangements. Hobert Funeral Home Tel. 534-4535. Family owned in 1894. "Helping you make the right choice'