James Russell Shea

 James Russell Shea, age 81, passed away in his Arlington Virginia home on April 4, 2017 with his loving and devoted wife Phyllis at his side. He was the son of Michael and Mary Shea, both of whom preceded him in death. His survivors include his sister Mary and brother-in -law Ray Pawlowicz, his brother Michael Shea, and his children and their families: Phyllis, Andrew, Matthew and Grace Morris; James, Catherine, Daniel, Thomas and Jack Shea; John, Joanne, Drew and Kelsey Shea; and Andrew, Tammy, Ellie and Stella Shea.  
Born July 26, 1935 in Brooklyn, Jim attended Regis High School.  He earned a B.S. in Physics from Villanova University and a M.A. in Physics from Columbia University.   Jim had a long and distinguished career with the federal government, and worked tirelessly to promote nuclear non-proliferation.  After serving in the U.S. Navy and working for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA), Jim spent the last 23 years of his career as the Director of the Office of International Programs for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Jim was very involved in local civic activities, including a neighborhood citizen’s association, the Arlington Board of Equalization of Real Estate Assessment, and the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH).  After over 40 years of federal government service, Jim enjoyed pursuing his interests in music and geneology during his 19 years in retirement.

Jim’s greatest passion was his family, past and present.  He delighted in his Irish and Newfoundland heritage and nurtured the connections of his large extended family.  But his true joys were his wife of 55 years, his children and their families.  Jim was a devoted and loving husband, brother, father, grandfather and friend.  

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 11 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity’s St. Ignatius Chapel (3513 N St. NW, Washington D.C.).  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, April 12 at 1:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church (1316 36th St. NW, Washington D.C.) followed by interment at Columbia Gardens Cemetery in Arlington.  

There is limited on-street parking at the church.  We suggest parking on 35th St. or on the cobblestone street between Prospect and M.  The closest parking garage to the church may be found at 3307 M Street, NW (enter off of Banks Alley).  There is a handicapped ramp on the corners of 36th and O Streets, NW –  use the ramp and follow the sidewalk to access the Church and St. Ignatius Chapel (access provided via the Parish Center’s Gallery Hallway).  

Flowers may be sent to the funeral home:  7211 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA 22046 or, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH), 4318 N. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington, VA 22203, 703-276-7444, http://apah.org/get-involved/donate/ .


15 Responses to James Russell Shea

  1. T. M. says:

    My sincere sympathy to your family. May your memories bring you comfort and God’s promise of the resurrection give you hope of the time when you can be reunited with your loved one.
    (Acts 24:15; Revelation 21:3-5)

  2. Y. Holland says:

    “My Deepest Condolences go out to the family, God’s word saids, at Isa 25:8 “He will swallow up death forever,……And will wipe away the tears from all faces.

  3. Bob & Melissa Kaulbach says:

    Jim & Katie,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Bob has so many good memories of spending time with your dad. Sending you love and prayers.

  4. Maritza and Wayne Balta says:

    Our deepest condolences to the Shea family. May the happy memories help all of you get through this difficult time. We are with you in thought and prayer.

    The Balta family

  5. Daniel Parker says:

    Jim, John, Andy, and Mrs Shea and all your family,
    So sorry to hear of your father’s passing. My prayers are with you. Hope all of your lives are filled with God’s joy.

  6. Parker Family says:

    Dear Phyllis and Family,
    Our sincere condolences for the loss of Jim from your everyday lives. We’re sure that you will find solace in your lifetime of memories with him and the knowledge that Jim is with our Lord and Savior. Our prayers are with him and you all.

    The Parker Family – Frank, Judy, David, Daniel, and Sean

  7. Lori Grimm says:

    Sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Cherish all the memories about him.
    May his eternal light shine forever.
    Hugs and prayers to the family.
    Lori Grimm

  8. Marilyn Powers says:

    Dear Phyllis and family,
    My sincere condolences on the death of Russell. He celebrated life each day with his wonderful family. He was a great brother to Michael and he and Phyllis kept in touch a lot. When we were growing up he and my brother Eddie were the best of friends here in Lindenhurst. His kindness touched many people.
    The memory of Russell will live forever in your heart..
    Your family is in my prayers.

  9. Alan Balutis says:

    Had the pleasure to be an Ashton Heights neighbor for a number of years. What a warm, gentle and smart man.

  10. Sandy Brotman says:

    Jim’s suggestions for writing and formatting my Amadeus Concerts notes made them better. I took credit for the improvement, and Jim would have denied that he had anything to do with it; he was modest, generous, and kind.
    Thank you, Jim Shea, for making me look good.

  11. Melissa Bondi says:

    Dear Phyllis and family,

    My sincere condolences; Jim was a neighbor, colleague, and personal sounding board on many community issues, policies, and activities to benefit Arlington residents. He led by example and contributed greatly to the lives of others through volunteerism and advocacy. It was my privilege to call him a friend.

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