In Memory

Thomas William Shea

Thomas William Shea (1949 - 2011)

Thomas W. Shea, formerly of Chico, died April 16, 2011 in Lake Stevens, WA. He was born in Los Angeles on Sept. 30, 1949 to John and Elizabeth Shea of Chico.

He graduated from Nordhoff High School in Ojai, CA. Before graduation from high school, he was a member of the Debate Team, which won the Southern California Debate League Tournament in 1965. In 1966, he and his debate partner went 4 for 4 to qualify for California State Finals of the National Forensic League.

He received a BA degree from University of California Santa Cruz. Also, he received a Juris Doctor degree from McGeorge School of Law.

He practiced Law in Chico as a Butte County Public Defender and later shared a practice in Chico, specializing in Workman's Compensation.

He had been a member and officer of Lodge 423 of the Chico Elks, and was the presenter at the burning of their mortgage.

He is survived by his mother, Elizabeth Shea; his two children, John Shea of Chico and Shannon Shea Alverson of Portand, OR; his sister, Sharon Shea of San Rafael and his brother, Michael Shea of Cloverdale. He also leaves behind his loving companion of many years, Ruth.

Tom was known for his great love of classical and modern music. He also enjoyed photography; capturing scenes of nature, his family and his many travels. He was an active member of the World Peace Organization.

Arrangements are being handled by the Neptune Society. No Services are planned at his request.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on May 3, 2011

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04/20/12 11:09 PM #1    

Pam Mageors (Townsend)

I did not know that Tom lived here until too late.  My heart grieves.  I have been in the Chico area since 1983.  I am so sorry we did not connect.  May God bless his soul.


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