Richard E. Shea
Date of Death: December 30, 2009
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Richard Shea passed away on December 30, 2009 after a courageous three year battle with cancer.He was born to Ernest and Virginia Shea on February 26, 1941. A 1959 graduate of Woodward High School, he earned a Master's Degree in Education and taught in the Toledo Public School System while he earned a Doctor of…

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Diane Routson left a message on May 11, 2018:
The description of Richard as a kind and gentle man is the best one because that's how I remember Richard. As his employer at Thackeray's Books, I got to know Richard, and I agree -- there wasn't a kinder, gentler soul in my circle. He always was willing to listen to staff. We all embraced Richard. We respected him. We loved him.
Danielle Molina-Hainline left a message on May 11, 2018:
Mr. Shea was my high school astronomy teacher. He was full of knowledge and was eager to share it with all of his students, he made learning complex things like physics and astronomy fun, he will be missed.
Carol Ginter (Zygula) left a message on May 11, 2018:
It was nice knowing him. We were childhood friends. We grew up around the corner from each other. He will be missed. My thoughts to the family.
Jeff Bassett left a message on May 11, 2018:
I am greatly saddened at hearing of the loss of Richard. I had the fortune to work with him for years with the Aries program as well as an educational resource for TPS and other organizations. His enthusiasm was incredible. He was one of those who truly made an impact with his students and all those around him. He always showed a huge passion for every thing he pursued in life.Richard encouraged and pushed for me to go back to the University of Toledo, this December I received the first of multiple degrees I am working on there. I really wished I had the chance to talk with him and let him know how much his efforts have been for my own inspiration along the way.Individuals like him are a rarity to see, my condolences on his passing and this tremendous loss.
Susan Bones left a message on May 11, 2018:
Th Shea Family,A gentle soul is certainly a wonderful description of Richard. He really had a sweet energy. My condolences to you.
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Sandy Russell left a message on May 11, 2018:
To the Shea family;I am so sorry to hear of your separation and I do mean separation for as we believe in God we know we will someday all be united again in heaven where I sure Richard is now. I knew Richard from the Bricker Street neighborhood and remember playing at his parents' home. What a beautiful and kind family, I have memories of them. It is no great surprise that their son Richard was also beautiful and kind. I will keep all of you in my prayers because I know separation is difficult.God Love you all.Sandy (Mical)Russell
diane left a message on May 11, 2018:
How sad I was to read about Richard's death in yesterday's paper. Richard and I taught together at Rogers. He was an awesome teacher and a good friend while I was at Rogers. Unfortunately, I left Rogers and lost contact with him. But I will always remember him as a great staff member and friend who really cared about all the students.
Kim Dankert left a message on May 11, 2018:
I was saddened to hear about Richard's passing.I always enjoyed taking care of him. Your love for each other was so apparent watching you two solve puzzles or read to each other during his treatments.You both are in my thoughts and prayers. Kim, from the Toledo Clinic
Kerry (Turpening) Dickman left a message on May 11, 2018:
I'm heartbroken to hear this news. Mr. Shea (I could never bring myself to call him Richard like he told me to after graduation) was my favorite teacher, mentor, and friend. I was in the ARIES program, running the controls in the Planetarium at Rogers. I visited him regularly at Thackaray's through college and beyond, but sadly the last time I saw him was summer of '05 at the new Borders store. I tried to get in touch this past fall when I was in Toledo, I wanted to share with him how much my 7 year old son loves learning about space. I feel terrible that I didn't know he had fallen ill. I grieve with you, as though he was my own family.Sincerely,Kerry (Turpening) DickmanRogers c/o '94
Sue Oswald Lewandowski left a message on May 11, 2018:
Sally, I am sorry to hear of your loss. I know how you feel, my brother passed away five years ago and I still talk to him. We had some good times on Bricker Street and I have fond memories of you and your family. You and your family are in my prayers.
Susan Mortemore left a message on May 11, 2018:
Sally, I'm so sorry to hear about Rich. I know it must be hard for you to live so far away at a time like this. I'll keep you and your family in my prayers. Susan
julie anderson left a message on May 11, 2018:
I am so so sorry to hear about Richard. I want you to know how much I always enjoyed taking care of him - he was always smiling, happy and positive. (You were too, Jone). Your relationship together was always inspiring and always made me smile. You will both be missed and always in my memory. God bless your family. Julie, RN at Toledo Clinic.
Adrianna Rygalski(Marroquin) left a message on May 11, 2018:
To the Shea family - I am truly sorry for your loss. Richard was my astronomy teacher at Rogers and made me love the subject. He was truly an inspiration to me and will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this difficult time.
Bobbi Burkhard left a message on May 11, 2018:
I am so sorry for the loss of Mr. Shea. I was in his Astronomy classes at Rogers 1990-1993. I traveled with him to local elementary schools for the Aries Program for 2 yrs. I truely admired his compassion and knowledge of the universe. I will truely miss him.
Barb left a message on May 11, 2018:
It was so good to see Mr. Shea (Richard) at Thackeray's as I hadn't seen him since he was one of my teachers years before when I was in junior high, I always liked his humor and his gentle way of talking with myself and the other students, and he remembered me at Thackeray's all those years later, what a kind, intelligent man. Some teachers teach, others leave an indelible imprint on you that stays with you for your lifetime, that was, I believe one of his nicest qualities. My sincerest sympathy to his family on this saddest of losses.
Clara Dodge Thore left a message on May 11, 2018:
Jone, I was so sorry to find that your husband had passed away. You've been on my mind for several years... maybe that's why. My husband also passed on in Sept. 2007. I know we "lost track" of each other over the years. Know that I am well and I hope you and your family are also. Much love, Clara
Cremation Society of Toledo left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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