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William Michael Shaughnessy '51
Posted 06/12/2017 10:05AM

1933 - 2017

William Michael Shaughnessy, 83, passed away Saturday, April 29, 2017 at his home in San Mateo, surrounded by his loving family. Bill was born in 1933 to Jerald & Delia Shaughnessy in San Francisco, the youngest of 7 children. He graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1951. Bill served in the Army during the Korean War. He met his lovely bride Joan in 1956 and they married in 1957 in San Francisco. In 1956, Bill started a dedicated career in the San Francisco Fire Department. He served for 37 years and retired as an Assistant Chief In 1994. Bill loved spending time with his family and friends. He loved all sports and was an avid golfer. He's been able to golf his age for the last 10 years. He was a silver master bridge player and spent the last 16 years volunteering his time teaching bridge at St. Bartholomew Church. He was a member of the Elks Lodge #1112 since 1973. He was a generous, hardworking and honorable man.

Bill is preceded in death by his son Danny. He is survived by his wife Joan of nearly 60 years; 4 children: MaryAnn (Max), Dennis (Melinda), Pat (Jim) & Jeanne (Drew); 10 grandchildren: Alison (Timmy), Eileen, Heidi (Ryan), Sean, Sarah, Emily, Megan, Kate, Danny & Lucy; 3 great-grandchildren: Ian, Nautica & Hannah; and many loving nieces & nephews.

Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10am on Monday, June 19th at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 300 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, CA. Inurnment at Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, CA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the charity of your choice .

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 11, 2017 - See more at:

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