Margaret Joan Shea

A photo of Margaret Joan Shea


St. Anthony's Cemetery, Chatham
Friday October 11, 2019
11:00 a.m.

Friends are asked to meet at the Legion Chapel
and will be directed to the gravesite.

Margaret Joan Shea, beloved wife of the late Thomas Edward Shea (1991) passed away peacefully at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on Friday September 27, 2019.  Margaret was the proud mother of Rebecca Shea (late Edward Schmitchen), John & Margit Shea and Katherine & Jack Hitchcock.  She was loved by her grandchildren Yolanda Slater (Mike), Carina and Sophia Shea, Alicia Kemp (Jarrod) and Wyatt Hitchcock.  She was also the proud great-grandmother of Max, Sophie and Isabel.

Margaret was born in Toronto, 81 years ago to the late John & Roberta (McEachran) Burwell, She is survived by her sister Sarah Burwell and was predeceased in life by her sisters Barbara Burwell and Janet Bell (survived by Ken).  She retired from the Federal Public Service.

Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside service in St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Chatham on Friday October 11, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. when Margaret’s urn will placed next to Tom.  A luncheon will follow at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home.

Margaret’s family extends their heartfelt thanks to the staff of St. Andrews and medicine b at CKHA for the love and care of our mother during her prolonged illness.

Friends wishing to remember Margaret with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Chatham-Kent Hospice.


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It's sad news when hearing about the death of a good friend. I met Joan through a mutual friend a year or so after her husband had passed on. I was alone then, too, although I still had children at home, whereas Joan's were all gone by then. We lived quite close - Joan on Daleview and me on Heather Drive. There were lots of visits and outings for quite a few years until our lives started to change, but always we kept in touch. After I moved to Waterloo, we always met up up when I got down to Chatham and caught up with each other's lives. I'll miss our phone chats, but I have lots of fun memories to hold on to. My sympathies to Joan's family. Brenda

I am so sorry to hear of Joan's passing as she was a great Friend to me and we shared some wonderful times together . I am going to try my very best to make the Grave Service next Friday Oct. 11. Altho Joan and I had lost contact over the past few years I still consider her one of my Dearest and Best of friends and will miss her greatly. She was a great Lady My Deepest of Sympathy Carol Fletcher, St. Thomas

May you rest in peace Aunt Joan .. Crown Royal and diet pepsi sales have dropped .. my condolences to my cousins and their families

I wish to extend my condolences to Joan's family in the loss of a loving Mother. I am a member and the Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Chatham-Kent. Joan joined what was then the Golden K Kiwanis Club in 2013 and was a member for 11 years before resigning due to ill health. Joan loved to attend meetings and special dinners. I remember how beautifully dressed she was for each and every occasion. We have missed her presence since she left the club but have fond memories from all those years of involvement and service.

I offer to Joan's family my deepest condolences & prayers for your Peace of Soul and Trust in God's Devine Mercy for your whole family; with Love & Thanksgiving . John Dennis.

Katherine & Family: So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.