Obituary of Henry (Hank) O'Shea
HENRY (HANK) JOSEPH O’SHEA, August 23 1922 – December 8, 2018, in London Ontario, of old age. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Kaye McNeely, his father William and his mother Helen (Byrne) of Iona, PEI, and two infant sons, at birth. He leaves to mourn his seven children, Pat (Donna), in St. John’s, NFLD; Mike, in Victoria BC; Kevin (Kay), and Peggy (Greg) in Ottawa; Kerry (Glenda) in Brantford; Tim in Athens, Ontario, and Colleen (Pat) in Whitby. Henry has eighteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.
Henry was predeceased by his siblings Mary (late Joe Swanston), Maurice (late Edna) and Frank (late Verona). He is survived by his brother Leo (Florence) and his sister Anne Connolly (late Arthur), and his brother Father Art O’Shea, all of PEI. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Henry served in World War II in the Canadian Navy (RCNVR). He later graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia in Science (Geology) and worked throughout his life in the oil and gas industry in western Canada, Ontario and in the neighboring Provinces and States as an Exploration Geologist. He is a Founding Father and served as the first President of the Ontario Petroleum Institute. A long time resident of Lambeth, Hank was heavily involved in the community within the church and as an organizer with minor hockey and baseball. An athlete from his youth, he was a very long time player with both the Lambeth Men’s Hockey and Fastball Leagues. He was a long-time member of both the Forest City Toastmasters and the London Western Toastmasters, and was an inspiration and mentor for generations of speakers.
Family and friends may visit at the McFarlane & Roberts Funeral Home, 2240 Wharncliffe Rd., S., Lambeth on Friday from 7-9 pm and on Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 1-3 pm where the celebration of Hank’s life will follow at 3:00 pm. Cremation has taken place. Donations to the charity of choice gratefully acknowledged. A memorial mass will be celebrated in St Michael’s Parish Church, Iona, P.E.I. on Monday, December 17 2018. Interment of cremains to follow in St Michael’s cemetery. On-line condolences are available through www.mcfarlane-roberts.ca.