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A Mass of Christian Burial for Kevin J. Shea, a ninth-grade social studies teacher at Riverside High School, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 91 Dakota Ave., after prayers at 8:45 in Amigone Funeral Home, 1132 Delaware Ave. Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

Shea died early Saturday (Oct. 27, 2001) in Erie County Medical Center after his car hit an abandoned vehicle on the Kensington Expressway. He was 43.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Bishop Turner High School and Buffalo State College. He was pursuing a master's degree in education at Buffalo State. He had taught at Riverside High School for the past three years. Before becoming a teacher, he worked in construction and was a painter.

Fond of blues and jazz, he lived in New Orleans for several years, which deepened a lifelong love of music. He sometimes sat in as a percussionist with local bands.

He played softball for local teams, coached Little League for several years and enjoyed rock-climbing. He was a New York Yankees and Buffalo Bills fan.

Known for a strong sense of ethics, he read extensively and was interested especially in Irish history and Eastern spiritual traditions.

Surviving are a son, Jeremiah, and a daughter, Caitlin, both of Clarence; six brothers, Robert B. Jr., Timothy J. and Terence M., all of Rochester, Paul F. of Buffalo, Patrick J. of East Aurora and Brendan J. of Kenmore; and a sister, Mary S. Vella of Glenwood.

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