John F. Shea Jr., a 25-year resident of South Faraday Street in Montauk, died at Southampton Hospital on Nov. 1 after a long illness. He was 71.
Mr. Shea spent 32 years, beginning in 1964, working at the AT&T/Bell Labs, and then went on to be director of operations at Bellcore in New Jersey.
After his retirement, Mr. Shea acted as a guide for the Montauk Historical Society at the Montauk Lighthouse, and also on the Montauk Trolley. He also worked for the past seven years for the East Hampton Town Parks and Recreation Department at the Montauk Playhouse and the tennis courts off West Lake Drive, where, according to his family, he “headed a project to establish a place for the community to enjoy playing tennis in Montauk.” He worked tirelessly on the Har-Tru courts to bring them up to a safe standard, they said, even breaking his arm while standing on a ladder, putting up windscreens.
Mr. Shea was born in Brookline, Mass., on Feb. 19, 1940, to John F. Shea and Ella Bryan Shea. He attended Far Rockaway High School and graduated from Queens College and the R.C.A. Institute before going into the Army from 1957 to 1961.
He and his wife, Pat Carew Shea, who survives him, were married for 46 years. They spent a portion of this year traveling through France before Mr. Shea succumbed to illness.
He is also survived by three children, Kevin John Shea of Nutley, N.J., and Brean Philip Shea and Colin Patrick Shea, both of Staten Island. He leaves five grandchildren. A sister, Patricia Shea, predeceased him.
His sons wrote that they “will remember him as the loving father whose patience, tolerance, and strength were characteristics to live by.”
Mr. Shea was buried at Fort Hill Cemetery in Montauk, and the family has set up a fund to contribute a bench to the hamlet of Montauk in his name.