May 22, 1944 – Oct. 23, 2015
Patrick J. Shine, of South Buffalo, a member of the Bishop Timon High School Sports Hall of Fame, died Friday in Mercy Hospital after a brief illness. He was 71.
Born in Buffalo, he was a four-sport athlete at Timon. A star halfback, he was named to the All-Catholic team in football in 1961, when he led the Monsignor Martin Catholic High School Athletic Association in yardage gained. He received a football scholarship to the University of Dayton in 1962 and was invited to tryouts with the National Football League’s Washington Redskins. He played semipro football with the Lackawanna Lancers from 1965 to 1970.
He was a millwright at Bethlehem Steel Corp. in Lackawanna for a year, then in 1966 went to work for Carborundum Corp. in Cheektowaga. In 1976, he joined Wm. Schaab Co., a Grand Island insulation contractor, as a general foreman. He retired in 1992.
Active in politics, he was a Republican committeeman for 40 years and ran for the Erie County Legislature in the 1980s.
A Grand Knight in the Knights of Columbus, he was a former president of Monsignor Nash Council 3875, served as New York State facilitator for the Knights of Columbus and was chairman of the Western New York District Deputy Board. Monsignor Nash Council honored him as Irishman of the Year in 2012.
He also was president of the Parish Council at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, president of the Mount St. Joseph Booster Club and alumni director for Bishop Timon High School for eight years.
He coached the South Buffalo Shamrocks football team and managed for the Buffalo Regals hockey team. He was inducted into the Timon Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, the former Mary Ann Marrara; a son, Patrick J. Jr.; two daughters, Jacqueline M. Tischer and Suzette R. McGuire; a brother, John J. “Jack”; and eight grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:15 a.m. Thursday in St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 450 Abbott Road.