Father Gerard O’Shea


Father Gerard O’Shea, a U.S. Navy chaplain for 20 years, died on Sept. 22 in Florida. He was 76.

Father O’Shea was with the U.S. Navy, 1976-1996, and retired with the rank of lieutenant commander.

Father O’Shea was parochial vicar at St. Augustine’s in Larchmont, 1998-1999; Visitation in the Bronx, 1974-1976; St. John’s in West Hurley, 1969-1974; and Immaculate Conception in Woodbourne, 1966. He served at Mount Loretto on Staten Island, 1967-1968, and as a chaplain at Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Home in the Bronx, 1968.

Born in New York City, he was ordained for the archdiocesan priesthood by Cardinal Spellman in 1966, after studies at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie.

Father O’Shea was cremated with his ashes scattered at sea. A Memorial Mass was offered on Oct. 8 at St. Michael’s Church in Fernandina Beach, Fla., and a Memorial Mass is being celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.


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Peter Foley

I remember Gerry well...I was a contemporary of his brother Kevin (RIP)..we went to OLR together. Gerry, the older brother, and Kevin were both died in the wool Dodger fans...and I can remember well how happy they were on that October 1955 afternoon when Podres shut out my Yankees....they were two fine guys. You knew from the start Gerry would enter the priesthood what with his many duties as what one would call the "lead" altar boy during our childhood days...he was always selected to the be the Master at high masses on Christmas, Easter and when the Cardinal would come up to OLR for a dedication...

Two nice guys and may they rest in peace.

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