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John Thomas Shillea

September 29, 1920 January 5, 2015
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SHILLEA - John Thomas Shillea, age 94, of Stratford, beloved husband of the late Adeline (Piazza) Shillea, passed away Monday, January 5, 2015 in the Lord Chamberlain Nursing Facility. Mr. Shillea was born September 29, 1920 in Olyphant, Pennsylvania, son of the late Matteo and Sebastiana (Scarpelli) Shillea and had been a long time area resident. John retired from Norwalk State Technical College in 1988 and served his country in the Merchant Marines during World War II. He continued to serve his community as a volunteer at Bridgeport Hospital for 16 years and at the Baldwin Center for 11 years. In addition, he was proud to serve as an advisor to Junior Achievement, was a past President of the Bridgeport Safety Council, past member of the Stratford Lions Club, past Board Member of Stratford’s Sterling House and the YMCA. John used to be an actor in community theaters such as the Laurel Players in Shelton. When not going for a hotdog with his dearest friend, Bill Mezick, John spent his final years selflessly caring for one of the many dogs that he had throughout his lifetime. Survivors include his son-in-law and caretaker, Charles Jeffryes of Stratford and his nephew Thomas (Santa) Shillea, of Bethlehem, PA as well as many wonderful nieces. He was also predeceased by a son, Richard Shillea; three sisters Natalie Shillea, Mary Benninato and Lucy Cunningham and three brothers Steven Shillea, Sylvester Shillea and Joseph Shillea. Friends are invited to attend his funeral service with full miiltary honors celebrated by the Reverend Raymond Chervenak on Friday, January 9, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. by meeting directly at Saint Michael’s Garden Mausoleum, 2205 Stratford Ave, Stratford, CT. All other services are private. For additional information or to leave a message of condolence, please visit
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10:30 AM 1/9/2015 10:30:00 AM
Saint Michael's Garden Mausoleum

2205 Stratford Ave
Stratford, CT 06615

Celebrated by Reverend Raymond Chervenak ***** With Full Military Honors ***** All other services are Private

Saint Michael's Garden Mausoleum
2205 Stratford Ave Stratford 06615 CT
United States

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