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The Honorable Judge Edmund L. Shea

 Edmund Shea

Funeral services for The Honorable Judge Edmund Shea, age 94, resident of St. Joseph’s Nursing Home, and formerly of 724 Pickering Street, Ogdensburg, will be held on Monday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral with Rev. Terry LaValley officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be held on Sunday from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Frary Funeral Home. Mr. Shea passed away Thursday, May 08, 2008 at Claxton Hepburn Medical Center.
Mr. Shea is survived by two daughters, Mary Herzog and her husband, William, of Ogdensburg and Sheila Seita and her husband, Alex, of Albany; five sons, Edmund (“Sandy”) and his wife, Joyce, of Massachusetts, David, of Ogdensburg, John and his wife, Laura, of Ogdensburg, Thomas of Wilton, NY and Peter and his wife, Margaret, of Ogdensburg; one brother, Eugene Shea of St. Petersburg, FL; ten grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. He is predeceased by his son, Daniel; two brothers, Jack and James; and one sister, Grace Shea.
Mr. Shea was born on February 28, 1914, in Lake Placid, NY, the son of Michael and Grace Obrey Shea. Mr. Shea graduated from Lake Placid High School, attending some time at Mount Assumption Institute in Plattsburgh, NY. In 1939, after graduation from Dartmouth College and Albany Law School of Union University, he moved to Ogdensburg. In 1939, Mr. Shea was first admitted to the New York State bar. He married Sheila Houlihan on December 26, 1941 at St. Mary’s Cathedral with Rev. John W. Ryan officiating. Mrs. Shea passed away in 1983. He served in the U.S. Navy. He was one of two officers chosen from several hundred who took part in the Sicilian invasion. He was Commander of a land craft cruiser, serving on D-Day invasion. Upon his return to his station in Fort Pierce, FL, Mr. Shea instructed amphibious beach-head landing operations to naval personnel.
Mr. Shea started the practice of law in the office of Attorney Edmund FitzGerald and after Mr. Fitzgerald’s death, he took over his practice. He held a law practice with Christopher Acker. He had a reputation of being an outstanding lawyer representing such large corporate firms as the NYS Power Authority. In 1967, in an effort to reduce the hardship of those involved in auto accidents, cut court calendar delays, eliminate possible inequities in the existing court system, and to reduce insurance costs, Judge E. L. Shea took part in a statewide 32-member committee of leading lawyers formed by the NYS Bar Association to examine the entire structure of claim handling of auto accidents. Also in 1967, Edmund L. Shea was elected St. Lawrence County Judge. In 1972, Judge Edmund L. Shea was appointed to the State Supreme Court by Governor Rockefeller to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Justice Paul Graves. The following year, Judge Shea received endorsement of the Democratic Party in 11 counties of the 4th Judicial District, the Conservative Party and the Republican Party to continue to the next election in which he served a 14 year term. In 1978, Supreme Court Justice, Edmund L. Shea, was awarded The Felix J. Aulisi award by the NYS Trial Lawyers Association and the NYS Bar Association for his consistent support and dedication to advocacy and justice on behalf of the trial bar and the public. In 1985, Mr. Shea retired as State Supreme Court Justice.
Attorney Shea was a member of the Ogdensburg Library Board for many years.
Donations may be made in his memory to the Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club and the St. Joseph’s Home Foundation.

7 Condolences

  • Emily & Bart Kuegel Posted May 9, 2008 5:05 PM

    John, Laura and entire Shea Family,

    Sorry for your loss. I really enjoyed spending time with the Judge during my visits to Ogdensburg. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Emily & Bart

  • Eugene Luckie Posted May 9, 2008 8:59 PM

    My condolences to the entire Shea family. The Judge was a great man and a wonderful story teller. I always looked forward to seeing him when I came home. You are all in my thoughts and in my prayers.
    Love, Eugene & Kristen Luckie

    • dave shea Posted May 13, 2008 5:43 AM

      Eugene and family: thank you so much for your message. One of the stories we talked about is the time eugene was playing barnball and went into get a drink just in time to see the judge coming in the front door from a trip. Next thing you know you were carrying his and my mom’s luggage into the house. “What a nice you man your are my mon said. Eugene just gave his all purpose remark “you don’t have to thank me I am just a kid” Doctor

  • Ron Anderson and Pat Barber Posted May 10, 2008 1:57 PM

    For Mary and the Guys. We’re truly sorry to hear about your Dad. He was a wonderful man and a very dear friend. We’re going to miss him. Love–Ron and Pat

  • Jude Kiah Posted May 11, 2008 7:23 PM

    Our families deepest condolences. I have fond memories of living across the street from Judge Shea from 68-74. I was very small and I thought that I lived across the street from the president. What a wonderful family he raised. Jude Kiah, Macomb, IL, Martha Lamacchia Wilson, Winter Park, FL

  • Kathy and Skip King Posted May 12, 2008 1:45 PM

    To the Wonderful Shea Family

    We are truly sorry for the loss of your Dad. He was a wonderful man. He accomplished a lot in his life but his most special accomplishment was having such a wonderful family. He will not be forgotten. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Phil and Penny Sharrow Posted May 13, 2008 2:08 AM

    Our sincere sympathy to the entire Shea family. We know how much you loved and admired your father. He was a special man and has a great family. Take care all of you, always stay close and always cherish the wonderful memories.

    Sincerely–Penny and Phil

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