Francis P. Shea Jr., 80, of Cape Coral, passed away peacefully in his sleep Friday, Oct. 19, 2012. He was born July 19, 1932, the first born of Francis P. Shea and Miriam (Clarke) Shea, of Holyoke, Mass.
He was the older brother of Bill, Jim and Miriam.
Working part-time and attending Holyoke High School, he began his career in radio broadcasting. While serving with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Way, he continued his radio broadcast career with the Armed Forces Radio (Far East Network), based in Tokyo, Japan.
Francis P. Shea Jr.
Working as a news and sports announcer at radio station WTAG in Worcester, Mass., he completed his teaching degree at Worcester State College.
He began his teaching career at Auburn High School and built a home in Oxford, Mass., where he was active in the Charter Committee, Personnel Board, Board of Selectmen, Knights of Columbus, Little League Baseball and the Oxford Jack Benny Softball League.
His greatest joy was entertaining children on his own television show, "Captain Jolly."
He and his wife, Judy Shea, moved to a warmer climate when they bought a home in Cape Coral. Not one to sit idly by in the sunshine, he briefly returned to teaching at Riverdale High School in Fort Myers, before finally retiring in 1996.
He is survived by his wife; son, Mike Shea; stepchildren, Lisa Lustgarten, Geraldine (Gerry) Wholley and Chip Lustgarten; seven grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 17, 2012, at Saint Andrew Catholic Church.