A Mass of Christian Burial for former Hamburg resident Thomas B. Shea, 34, was offered Monday in Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Lackawanna.
Shea, a chemical engineer for Lockheed Martin Corp., died Sept. 6, 1999, in his home in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.
A native of Hamburg, Shea was employed by Lockheed Martin as a waste management supervisor and team leader at the Department of Energy's National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, Idaho Falls. He was responsible for disposal of radioactive and hazardous waste and had received several citations for outstanding job performance.
Earlier, Shea served for six years in the Army Chemical Corps, attaining the rank of captain. His assignments included Korea, the Airborne Training Center at Fort Benning, Ga., the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
At Aberdeen, Shea directed the Proving Ground Emergency Chemical Response Center. He also designed and implemented a program that trained 2,500 civilian technicians headed to Saudi Arabia in chemical warfare defense.
While serving at Aberdeen, he also earned a master's degree in engineering science from the University of Maryland.
In Saudi Arabia, Shea served as a technical adviser to unit commanders and was awarded the Army Legion of Merit for outstanding service.
He also was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal and several other Persian Gulf war medals.
During the war, he was assigned to the 318th Decontamination Company, which entered Kuwait City the day it was liberated.
A 1982 graduate of Frontier Central High School, Shea had a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Clarkson University, Potsdam, where he was awarded an Army ROTC scholarship.
He is survived by his parents, Thomas P. and Clare Shea, and a brother, John A. Shea, all of Hamburg.