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“May you Rest In Peace, Mr Shea. I was never very good at playing the flute but you always gave me a chance. Decades have gone by and now, I really...Read More »
1 of 64 | Posted by: Lori Haynes McClellan, Class of '71

“Mr. Shea was a true professional both as a trumpet player and a teacher which I was blessed to have been taught under during my high school years. If...Read More »
2 of 64 | Posted by: Art Benedict - Torrington, CT

“I learned so much about music and sound from him that I was able to use for many years. Sorely missed. ”
3 of 64 | Posted by: Clarence Moore - Winsted, CT

“Mr. Shea taught me how to play the Tuba which I still play today. So honored to be taught by this great man!Bob Benedict, Class of 1974. 1st Tuba CT...Read More »
4 of 64 | Posted by: A friend

“To the Shea family: I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Shea's passing. I was part of th Concert, Marching, and Jazz Bands at NWR7 in the 80's and loved...Read More »
5 of 64 | Posted by: Robin Rogers Russotto, Class of '87

“Mr. Shea was a wonderful man, teacher, mentor, friend, and family Man. He encouraged my flute and Nancy's Clarinet playing and never let us give up....Read More »
6 of 64 | Posted by: Susan Holbrook (Nancy DOD 9/29/16), Classes of 78 and 79

“To the Shea Family, So sorry to hear of Mr. Shea's passing, my thoughts and prayers go out to you at this difficult time. I have so many fond...Read More »
7 of 64 | Posted by: Jill Stotler Hall, NWR7, Class of '87

“Mr. Shea was such an inspiration to me and trumpet playing! What an amazing teacher and mentor! I had so much fun in band and jazz band, thanks to...Read More »
8 of 64 | Posted by: Tisha Provenzano Dodge

“Frank will be so deeply missed.. ”
9 of 64 | Posted by: Deacon Art Miller

“Bill so sorry for your lose ”
10 of 64 | Posted by: Anthony Fazzino

“Condolences to the Shea family, Frank was our band director while I attended Regional # 7 in 72 and 73. I always appreciated his talent and patience....Read More »
11 of 64 | Posted by: Tracy McKay

“Pilar you have our love and sympathy. Frank was such a kind and gentle man. It was such an honor to have known him and to have him as a friend. We...Read More »
12 of 64 | Posted by: Tim and Mary Ellen Fleming

“My condolances and prayers are with Mr. Shea's family. Two of our daughters were in band at Regional. One had Mr. Shea in 7th and 8th grades, and...Read More »
13 of 64 | Posted by: Sharon Wilbur

“What a wonderful, inspiring, encouraging, talented and kind man has left us to join the heavenly band. My brother, Bob, and I both enjoyed Frank Shea...Read More »
14 of 64 | Posted by: Joy Eaton '79 (Bob '77 is looking forward to playing with his m

“To Mr. Shea's family; my sincerest sympathies to you on the loss of a wonderful man. My fondest memories of junior high and high school are of Mr....Read More »
15 of 64 | Posted by: Rebecca Budny ~ Class of '77

“It was an honor and privilege to have known Frank and to have played beside him both with Valley Swing Shift and Harmonious Brass over the years. He...Read More »
16 of 64 | Posted by: brian viets - harwinton, CT

“I remember going to Frank's house for trumpet lessons for a couple of years in high school ('77-'79), he was such a good player and equally talented...Read More »
17 of 64 | Posted by: Ron Cagenello

“My deepest sympathy to the family in the passing of Frank. We were Brothers in Phi Beta Mu. He did a wonderful job at Regional 7. I enjoyed many...Read More »
18 of 64 | Posted by: Joseph Geyer

“Much Love & Prayers to the Shea Family; Kathy, Victor, Daniel ,Jamie, & Thomas that I am deeply sorry to hear of the loss you have all suffered and...Read More »
19 of 64 | Posted by: Donna A. Wilson (Jerry Robin Wilson)

“I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Shea. He was an inspiration to us all and taught more than just music and trumpet lessons. He helped...Read More »
20 of 64 | Posted by: Rene Bernard

“My thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Mr. Shea was an amazing teacher and musician. I have so many great memories of concerts and the...Read More »
21 of 64 | Posted by: Nicole (Bisciotti) Buth

“I enjoyed many years at Northwest Regional with Frank as band director. He built a program of excellence - based on a love of music and a passion for...Read More »
22 of 64 | Posted by: Pat Llodra - Newtown, CT - Friend

“I write this with a heavy heart and tears. the Reiners will miss his stories and anecdotes,his charm and warm smile. Puerto Rico will not be the same...Read More »
23 of 64 | Posted by: Teddy and Don

“Our prayers to the Shay family. As a 1977 graduate of Regional 7 High School and member of the concert and jazz band, I have so many nice memories of...Read More »
24 of 64 | Posted by: John Allyn

“God has taken another great man into his kingdom... what great memories of Puerto Rico & playing cards & dominoes on the beach with frank & pilar. ...Read More »
25 of 64 | Posted by: Lucille gilchrest

“Sending love, prayers, thoughts and heartfelt memories! Frank will be so missed by so many people. We have such fond memories of Amston Lake days!...Read More »
26 of 64 | Posted by: Bryan, Connie, Joshua, Christopher and Nikki

“We were shocked and saddened to hear of Frank's passing. As close friends of Vic and Kathy, we spent time with Frank and Pilar and the family at the...Read More »
27 of 64 | Posted by: Al & Kathy Gledhill

“July 16, 2017Pili Shea and family:We were saddened to learn of Frank's death. While at UCONN and years afterward, we were long time friends,...Read More »
28 of 64 | Posted by: A friend

“Sending love to your family and friends. The band and jazz band were an important part of my life, and my sister'a life, at Regional(class of '83)....Read More »
29 of 64 | Posted by: KK McMahon Bochman

“To everyone: Kenny and I knew Frank and he was a terrific guy, We loved seeing him in the neighborhood and catching up on things. He was a great...Read More »
30 of 64 | Posted by: Hope and Kenny Noar

“I am very sorry for your loss. Playing in the band was always my favorite part of each day, and he was a major influence in my decision to pursue a...Read More »
31 of 64 | Posted by: Linda (Rebillard) Anderson, class of 1981

“Dear Carolyn and Bill and family, I am very sorry for the loss of your dad. Although our acquaintances were few it was always a pleasure to be in his...Read More »
32 of 64 | Posted by: James Cox

“We have such fond memories of Mr. Shea at the cabin visiting on the shore, watching him sail, and in the water with us. Sometimes we were even able...Read More »
33 of 64 | Posted by: Ann and the rest of the Benson's

“Dear Carolyn and family. Terribly sorry for the loss of dad, husband, and grandfather. ”
34 of 64 | Posted by: Joan Turits Feldman

“We are very sorry for Frank's passing . Our deepest symphaty to Pilar, the girls, and theír families. We will missed him very much. Raúl and...Read More »
35 of 64 | Posted by: Esperanza Perez

“Mi más sentido pésame. De parte de Elsie Otero en PR playa Buye ”
36 of 64 | Posted by: Elsie Itero

“I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Shea's passing. I had a great deal of respect for him and enjoyed being his student. My condolences to his family. ”
37 of 64 | Posted by: Kim Penfield DeDominicis, Class of 1987

“I am so sorry to hear about Frank’s passing. I truly wish I could be at the service but I am out of the country. I just wanted you to know...Read More »
38 of 64 | Posted by: Rebekah Tutunjian Harding

“Mr. Shea was the best. He made us do our best by becoming excited and interested about music. He stuck by us even when we did not think we could do...Read More »
39 of 64 | Posted by: Sheridan Craig Bergdorf - Reg #7 Class of 1989

“Mr. Shea influenced my deep appreciate for music. His selections for us to play in band, inform my musical choices as an adult- for this I am so...Read More »
40 of 64 | Posted by: Jennette Niehaus - Class of '93

“Frank and I became good friends in grammar school (St Augustine's) and together we; served as altar boys, played in several bands, graduated from...Read More »
41 of 64 | Posted by: Bob Tanguay - St Pete Beach, FL

“As you all know, Frank was such an inspirational person to me and my classmates. The opportunities and teaching he provided us with could never have...Read More »
42 of 64 | Posted by: Mark Vickers - Class of 1975

“My heart reaches out to each & every member of Mr. Shea's family. Since 1980 he has been part of my being & essence- he helped mold & shape the woman...Read More »
43 of 64 | Posted by: Theresa And Michalski-Bobola ~Class of '86

“Frank was a talented man loved by many. I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to you all. Love, Margaret Leighton ”
44 of 64 | Posted by: Margaret Leighton

“Mr. Shea was a wonderfully encouraging teacher. He gave me the courage to continue my music career and is much of the reason I chose to go into music...Read More »
45 of 64 | Posted by: Melissa

“Mr. Shea was a mentor and teacher to my 3 children at Regional # 7 over a period of years.....He was a positive influence in their lives and in mine,...Read More »
46 of 64 | Posted by: Marcia Scattergood

“I was a terrible clarinetist in middle and high school, but he was always so kind and inclusive. I don't know how he did it all those years! What...Read More »
47 of 64 | Posted by: Kristin Johnson Gehsmann, Regional #7 Class of 1988

“Mr. Shea made a positive impact on my life and i became a musician at least in part because of him. Thank you so much! Many condolences to the...Read More »
48 of 64 | Posted by: Kate berning Alfred

“Thank-you Mr Shea for always leading our Band, including Jazz Band, in such a wonderful way! You were such an inspiration to so many of your...Read More »
49 of 64 | Posted by: Susan Vibert

“It is so very sad hearing of Frank's passing. Even though I only new him for a short time, I new what a special man he was. I will keep him in my...Read More »
50 of 64 | Posted by: Sue Vaillancourt

“My condolences to his family. I was a proud member of his Northwestern Regional # 7 High School Band. Rest In Peace Mr Shea. Thank you for being...Read More »
51 of 64 | Posted by: Deb Church

“Sincere condolences on the loss of a wonderful husband, father, and music teacher. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
52 of 64 | Posted by: Mary Hanulik Henriksen

“Frank was a wonderful friend to our family through out my life. Prayers for the whole family . he will be missed ”
53 of 64 | Posted by: Pam elliott smith

“Its hard to believe that Frank has gone - all too soon! I pray that Pili, You Girls & Family can find some comfort knowing that He was Loved by many ...Read More »
54 of 64 | Posted by: Eileen Daly

“So very sorry to you all. Take gentle care.... ”
55 of 64 | Posted by: Chris and Mert

“So happy we got to meet him in puerto rico what a gentlemen we enjoyed seeing him and knowing him too Mom loved that man a good wife our prays are...Read More »
56 of 64 | Posted by: Jennie & Frank

“So sad to hear Frank is gone , such an accomplished man , so well liked, he will surely be missed by all who had the opportunity to be in his company...Read More »
57 of 64 | Posted by: Susan Fortier

“Our sincere condolences to Pilar and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. We will miss him. RIP Frank Hugs! ”
58 of 64 | Posted by: Peter and Luz Balasis

“I hope you take some comfort knowing you are in me and my family's prayers during this difficult time. ”
59 of 64 | Posted by: John Scannell

“With sympathy and love to Pili, Kathy, Terry & Carolyn and all the family and friends of Frank Shea. A tearful goodbye but so grateful for your...Read More »
60 of 64 | Posted by: Patty & Will Minton

“Rest In Peace ”
61 of 64 | Posted by: JoAnn Thomas

“So sorry for your loss. May Fran rest in peace. ”
62 of 64 | Posted by: Mary Agnew-Welch (Bangor & So. Portland, ME)

“Mr Shea was a big influence in my life as a high school student. I played French horn in his band and piano in a dance band. Very fond memories. ”
63 of 64 | Posted by: Susan Eastman

“Remembering Mr Shea with great fondness... NW Regional #7 Band '77-'84, Jazz Ensemble '77-'84 ”
64 of 64 | Posted by: Jamie Chapple (nee, Johnson) - CT


Francis Paul Shea, 82, of Simsbury, passed on to eternal life on Thursday, July 13, 2017, after a short illness. He is survived by his wife, the former Pilar Albiac Barcelo, of Maella, Spain, whom he married on June 10, 1957. Frank was born on May 10, 1935 in Hartford, CT, to the late Thomas F. and Mabel Lewis Shea. The youngest of seven children, he attended St. Augustine’s School, where he was a member of the Boy’s Brigade and began playing the trumpet, and graduated from Buckley High School in 1953. He briefly attended the University of Connecticut before joining the U.S. Army. Frank completed his initial training at Fort Chaffee, AR and was then stationed in West Germany from 1954 to 1956 during the height of the Cold War. Assigned to the 802nd Field Artillery Battalion (8” Self-Propelled Howitzers), part of the 35th Field Artillery Group, he served in the communications section in both Headquarters Battery and Bravo Battery. While overseas, Frank had the opportunity to expand his musical talents. He formed and played trumpet with the 35th Artillery Group Band, and later played and toured with the 33rd Army Band based in Heidelberg, West Germany. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Frank's awards and decorations included the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, and the Connecticut Wartime Veteran’s Service Medal. While stationed in West Germany, Frank regularly traveled with his buddies throughout Western Europe. While on R&R leave in Spain, he had a chance encounter in a Madrid train station with the beautiful young lady who would later become his bride, Pilar. He took her to a nightclub, serenading her on a trumpet borrowed from a band member. He returned to Spain multiple times during the remainder of his enlistment. After returning to the United States, he proposed to her via mail. He returned to Spain and they were married on June 10, 1957. They celebrated their 60th Anniversary just last month. Frank received his B.S. ('60) and M.S. ('61) in Music Education from the University of Connecticut. After graduating, he entered a lifelong career in Music Education as the Band Director and Music Department Head at Northwest Regional 7 in Winsted. He was proud of the many music students that he taught, mentored, and coached. Frank was very active the Connecticut Chapter of the Music Educators National Conference as well as organizing and supporting regional and All-State Music Festivals. An active professional musician his entire adult life, he played with many different groups in various venues. He co-founded the Valley Swing Shift, an 18-piece big band that performed traditional Jazz Music throughout Connecticut and New England. He was a founding member of the Harmonious Brass Ensemble, a group with whom he still performed with until very recently. He was honored to play trumpet for the weddings of many relatives and friends. Frank was active with the Theater Guild of Simsbury for many years. He was a proud member of Phi Beta Mu, the National School Bandmaster Fraternity. After retiring in 1993, Frank had many enjoyable years with his wife, children, grandchildren, and friends. He was an avid sailor, building and owning several sailboats, and loved the sport as much as telling stories about his sailing adventures. He was an active golfer up until just a few weeks ago. Frank also enjoyed playing cards (especially Poker), watching and following the Boston Red Sox, attending the concerts of his family and friends, and spending quality time with his family. He was a communicant and active member of St. Mary’s Church in Simsbury. In addition to his wife Pilar, Frank is survived by his three daughters and their husbands, Kathleen and TSGT (USAFR) Victor Wilson of Manchester, Theresa and Anthony Mazzaferro of Niantic, and Carolyn and BG (CT) Ret William Shea of Middletown, as well as eight grandchildren -- Daniel and his wife Jamie, and Thomas Wilson; 1LT (USAF) Timothy, Allison, and Nicole Mazzaferro; and Bridgid, William III, and Cristina Shea. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers Thomas, John, and the Rev. Lewis Mary Shea, OP. He is also survived by his brother James Shea, and his two sisters Mary (Michael) Boyle and Kathleen Rabke. The entire Shea family would like to thank St. Francis Hospital staff on 8-7 and 8-1 for all their kindness and support during Frank's illness. Calling hours are Monday, July 17, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center, 301 Country Club Road, Avon. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at St. Mary’s Church, 940 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, followed by lunch in the parish hall. Burial with military honors will be at 2:30 p.m. at Mount St. Benedict Cemetery, Cottage Grove Rd, Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Francis P. Shea Music Scholarship Endowment, c/o Northwestern Regional School District No. 7, 100 Battistoni Drive, Winsted, CT 06098. Donations should be made out to “Northwestern Regional School District No. 7.” The Shea family invites you to visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com for obituary information, directions, and to share your condolences.