Obituary; the Rev. William Brooks Shea, 84

Boston Herald
February 21, 2005

The Reverend Monsignor William Brooks Shea of Roslindale died Thursday at Saint Patrick's Manor in Framingham after a long illness. He was 84.

Born in Jamaica Plain, he was raised in Roslindale and graduated from Boston English High School in 1939. He later attended Saint Ann's College in Nova Scotia, and entered Saint John Seminary in Brighton in 1941.

In 1946, the Rev. Shea was ordained in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston.

His assignments included the Immaculate Conception Parish in Salem and Saint Mary's Parish in Nantasket.

The Rev. Shea served as a faculty member at St. Sebastian's School in Newton and St. Cecilia's Parish in Boston. He was a chaplain and professor of religion at Marian High School in Framingham.

He was pastor of the Saint Charles Borromeo Church in Waltham, retiring in 1985 after receiving the rank of senior priest-retirement status in 1994.

He was a member of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission, the Archdiocesan Building Commission and the Lord's Day League of New England.

He was a member of the Waltham Conference for Church Unity and the Waltham Rotary Club and was a founding member of the Bristol Lodge Shelter in Waltham.

He is survived by two sisters, Frances R. of Roslindale and Helen P. Wooten of Lakeville; 18 nieces and nephews; and many grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.

A pontifical Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Saint Charles Borromeo Church.

Burial to follow in Calvary Cemetery in Waltham.

Arrangements by Brasco and Sons Memorial Chapels, Waltham.

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