Edmund H. Shea, Jr. Dies at 80 and Leaves Behind A Legacy, Including Shea Homes 4

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Mr. Shea began work in the construction company at the start of the 1950s on several reservoir projects in Southern California in partnership with his cousin John. They moved on to the Hills Creek Diversion tunnel in Oregon and then to the Clear Creek Tunnel, a nine mile tunnel in Northern California that moved water from the Trinity River through mountains to the Whiskeytown Power Plant and basin. After the conclusion of the Clear Creek Tunnel, they started to operate their generation's version of J. F. Shea Co., with his brother Peter Shea.

He actively showed support for all levels of Catholic schooling from inner-city Catholic elementary schools to the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. He insisted most of his philanthropy remain confidential since he subscribed to the view that giving money wouldn't qualify as charity if others knew about them. He was on the education boards for Loyola Marymount University and Loyola High School, both in Los Angeles, the Santa Catalina School in Monterey, California and Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena.

In 2001, the UC Irvine Graduate School of Management awarded its Lifetime Achievement Award to Mr. Shea, his brother, and his cousin for "their strong business ethics, leadership, and long-term contributions to the construction, real estate, and property management industries." In 2003, Loyola High School presented him with its Cahalan Award for his outstanding achievements and for staying true to the Ignatian ideals.

Shea’s remaining immediate family includes his brothers Peter of Newport Beach, and Henry of Stockton, CA and by his sisters Margaret Deneher of Newport Beach, and Mary Elizabeth Callaghan of Los Angeles, by Mary Shea, his wife of 52 years; by six children: Colleen Morrissey of Pacific Palisades; Edmund H. Shea III of Charlotte, NC; Mary McConnell of Pasadena; Kathleen High of San Marino; Timothy T. Shea of Santa Barbara; Ellen Dietrick of Newport Beach; and by 14 grandchildren. His daughter Maureen predeceased him in 1985.

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