Obituary of William L. Shea
William L. Shea, of Stockbridge, NY went to his eternal home on Monday October, 31, 2022. He was born August 13, 1955, the son of Grant & Mary (Durant) Shea.
Bill was a loving, caring and compassionate husband, father; grandfather, brother, uncle friend and co-worker who touched the lives of many people. This was evident in all that Bill did in his personal and professional career.
For over 46-years, Bill was a driving force behind the creation, development and growth of the Ferris Brand of mowers. Bill’s contacts within the Outdoor Power Equipment Industry reached world-wide, making many friends through various dealers, suppliers and manufacturers, becoming a well-respected voice within the industry.
Bill also had a deep passion, appreciation and competiveness in the sport of Auto Racing. A lifelong fan of the sport, Bill made his mark as a car-owner visiting victory lane with his drivers throughout the northeast. Bill would fulfill a lifelong dream of owning a race track when he and his wife Kim purchased Utica Rome Speedway in Vernon, NY in 2015. Bill’s connections in the racing industry also had a wide span and impact, gaining notoriety and respect in the world of short track racing and also in the NASCAR Ranks.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, of 20-years Kim, his sons Justin (Jennifer) Shea, his son Bradley (Mattie) Shea and their loving mother Elizabeth (Tom) Henry, son Brandon Pupp and daughter Cassie (Alan) Lighthaul, Grandchildren: Autumn, Grant, Aubrey, Levi, Chase, Finn & Charlotte Shea, Kennadie Nasci, Mavercyk and Greyson Lightaul, Bill’s brother Daniel (Carol) Shea, Mother-In-Law Judy (Alan Tegelman) Olson, Brother-In-Laws: Allen (Krista) Olson, Robert (Dawn) Monette, Marc Demass & Ken McClure Sister-In-Laws : Cathie (James) McLaughlin, Susan (Bill) Relyea, Christine (Mac) McWilliams. Nephews: Kurt (Nikki) Shea & Lucas Olson. Nieces: Jill (Cole) Wimmer & Mya Olson.
Bill had many special and close friends who he was most fond of in his professional, racing and personal life.
Bill was predeceased by his parents, Grant & Mary Shea, his Father-In-Law William Olson, his Sister-In- Laws Sylvia Demassa and Wendy McClure and his Nephew Brent Shea.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday November 3rd, 2022 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at the Malecki Funeral Home in Vernon, NY.
Funeral services will be held Friday November 4th, 2022 at 10am at the Church of the Holy Family in Vernon, NY.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Brent Shea Memorial Scholarship Fund C/O Stockbridge Valley Central School 6011 Williams Road, Munnsville, NY 13409To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of William Shea, please visit Tribute Store
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