Michael A. O'Shea

  • Born: June 17, 1952
  • Died: January 29, 2020
  • Location: Pompano Beach, Florida

Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory

1799 Elm St
Manchester, NH 03104

Tel. (603) 625-6951

Tribute & Message From The Family

Michael A. O'Shea, 67, passed away on January 29, 2020 in Pompano Beach, FL, and returned to his heavenly home after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. His devotion to his family and firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace.

Born in Bangor, ME on June 17, 1952, he was the son of the late Gerald and Frances O'Shea. Shortly thereafter, his growing family moved to Danvers, MA, where he lived through his sophomore year of high school. He then moved to Portland, ME, attended Deering High School for his junior and senior years, graduating in 1970, where he won a Maine State Championship in track. He went on to earn his BS in Accounting from New Hampshire College (now SNHU) in 1974. While in college, he accepted a position at Southern New Hampshire Services (SNHS), where he worked for 44 years.
Michael's dedication and passion to support the New Hampshire community was evident throughout his career at the SNHS agency. His tenure began in 1973, working in programs for surplus food, the food co-op, fuel and "rent-a-kid", which helped high schoolers with job placement. He quickly rose to the rank of CFO and in 1995, he took on the role as Deputy Director of the agency. Under his leadership, the agency provided many benefits to the SNHS staff including health care and a secure pension plan. He was particularly passionate about two programs; elderly housing, and a program that he founded, the Apple-A-Day Program. He leveraged the necessary resources to start the elderly housing program in 1980 where they began with 70 units. Prior to his retirement in 2016, SNHS managed and provided close to 1,000 units to the elderly community in NH. The Apple-A-Day Program continues to provide fresh fruits, vegetables and recipes at no cost to the families enrolled in the SNHS Child Development Program. Parents become familiar with different ways to prepare produce so that they can confidently offer it as a food option to their children.
Michael had several interests such as snow skiing, running, road trips, vacationing in Florida, and going for boat rides on Horace Lake. He enjoyed sharing his passions with family and friends, often bringing folks skiing, on scenic drives, inviting people to run various road races across New England, and captaining thousands of boat rides. A dedicated sports fan, Michael's summers included several visits to Fenway Park, to watch the Red Sox, and winter visits to the Garden, to watch the Celtics.

Michael enjoyed watching his sons, Ryan and Mike, play baseball. From Little League, through college, and afterward, he traveled near and far to attend almost every game they played. He often traveled with his best friend Scotty, and his booming voice could be heard rooting on the boys' teams. Michael adored his role as "Grampy" and loved quality time with his grandchildren. In addition to his love for his family and friends, Michael was very connected to his faith and attended daily Mass.

Michael was predeceased by both parents. He leaves behind a large, adoring family including his loving wife, Deborah Gosselin O'Shea of Manchester; two sons Ryan O'Shea and wife Kelley of Ellicott City, MD, and Michael O'Shea and wife Helen of Pawcatuck, CT; seven grandchildren Matthew, Jeffrey, Grace, Jenna, Colin, Patrick and Graham O'Shea; four brothers, Shaun O'Shea and wife Anna Marie of Florence, SC, Christian O'Shea and his wife Kathie of Reading, MA, Martin O'Shea and his wife Kathleen of Norfolk, MA, and Paul O'Shea and wife Cheryl of Falmouth, ME; sister Mary Lilly and husband Michael of Gorham, ME; many nieces, nephews and grandnieces nephews; as well as dear friends Lidia Park and Scott Garneau.

SERVICES: Visiting hours, and celebration of Michael's life will be held from 4-7pm on Sunday, Feb. 16th at Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St., Manchester. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, Feb. 17th at 10:30 am at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 207 Hemlock St., Manchester. Burial to be held at a later date. Please consider a donation in Michael's memory to: SNHS, Apple-A-Day Program, PO Box 5040, Manchester, NH 03108. To leave a message of condolence, go to www.lambertfuneralhome.com.


Condolence & Memory Journal

My condolences to the O'Shea family. I remember playing golf with Michael, Scotty, and Shaun so many years ago. Great men and true gentlemen! I still can hear Micheal's booming voice. I'm sure he'll be easy to find in heaven.

Posted by Hank Kravec - Montgomery, AL   February 17, 2020

Rest in peace Michael. You will be dearly missed.

Posted by Efrain Trinidd - Manchester, NH - Coworker   February 16, 2020

Ryan, Mike, & family, we are sorry to hear of the lost of your dad. He was always a true gentleman since we met him at south little league. Not only was he there to support his boys but encouraged all of the players in little league, Babe Ruth, and Legion ball. Never had a bad word to say about anyone and truely respected and loved the game. May you all cherish the memories you have of him and may he continue to live in your hearts. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers. Respectfully yours. Pat, Wayne, & Josh Bachand

Posted by Wayne Bachand - Manchester, NH - Acquaintance   February 16, 2020

The world has lost a truly great man, he will be well remembered by all who had the good fortune to have known him, my thoughts & prayers to his loving family & friends.

Posted by Constance Beaudoin - Manchester, NH - Family   February 16, 2020

Deb, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Posted by Sue Booker    February 14, 2020

Oh such sad news. As part of the SNHS family back in the 80s and working for Michael, I can attest for his zest for life and passion for others less fortunate. You certainly were a big part of the Welch family from the time my Mom started with SNHS in the 70s until her death in 2000. Thank you for some wonderful memories. My sympathies to you Debbie, Ryan, Michael and their families.

Posted by Susan Welch-Paris - Springfield, VA   February 14, 2020

Deepest sympathies to Deb and the rest of the O'Shea family. He and Gale were giants in growing a safety net for N.H. families in need. Their vision and achievements will long be remembered.

Posted by Phil Grandmaison - Valencia, CA - Coworker   February 13, 2020

My deepest sympathies to my sistah Debbie, to his wonderful boys and to his entire loving family. I've learned so much about Michael that I did not know these last few days while spending time with Debbie on pictures. I knew Michael was a kind soul being on the receiving end of his generosity many a time, but I had no idea of how many lives he has touched in so many ways. Michael you were truly an amazing man and you will be greatly missed. Please keep a watchful eye on all of us until we meet again in Gods kingdom.

Posted by Donna Gosselin-Vincent - Epsom, NH - Family   February 13, 2020

So sorry to hear of Michael's passing, he was a very caring person. My sympathies to the entire family.

Posted by Monica Alward - Shirley, MA   February 13, 2020

Deb, so sorry for you're loss. Mike, was one in a million and a true friend. I remember our activities back in the day when he and I were virtually inseparable. We had too much fun and enjoyed every minute of it. He was also someone I could count on and I hope he felt the same about me. He was a special kind of person and will be missed by many. Again, my condolences to you and rest of his family.

Posted by skip Harris - Manchester, NH   February 12, 2020

Dear Debbie, please know how very sad I am to hear of Mike's passing. I have such fond memories of our early years at SNHS. We were all so young and had such belief in how our work would make life better for so many people. Michael lived his life doing just that! You were blessed to have each other - a well deserved life of love and happiness. May you find strength in the comfort of friends and family in the days ahead as you remember all that was beautiful and exceptional about your husband, your best friend. Take Care, my Friend.

Posted by Cheryl Beaulieu - Milford, NH - Friend   February 11, 2020

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Posted by A friend   February 10, 2020

Dear Debbie, I am deeply sorry for your loss. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and all the O'Shea family. Love, Iris

Posted by Iris Warfield - Anaheim, CA - Family Friend   February 09, 2020

I am deeply sorry for your loss. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Posted by Iris Warfield - Anaheim, CA - Family Friend   February 09, 2020

Deb,Our hearts go out to you on the loss of your husband and friend Micheal.We pray for you Deb.Micheal is in a better place and at peace.His memories will live on with you and family. Love you, Ron & Joanne

Posted by Ron & Joanne Gosselin - PLANTATION, FL - Family Friend   February 08, 2020

Dear Deb My deepest condolences to you and to the O'Shea family. Michael was a wonderful person and will be missed by all who knew him. May your memories of him give you strength during this very sad time.

Posted by JUDY GOULET - Goffstown, NH - Coworker   February 07, 2020


I was deeply saddened to hear of the news of Michael's passing. Please accept my warmest sympathy. Since his diagnoses, Deb and Michael have displayed tremendous courage, which has been an inspiration to us all. He will truly be missed by everyone who knew him.

Posted by Maggie Fritz - Manchester - Coworker   February 07, 2020

Dear Deb so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and Prayers.

Posted by Simone Rivet - Manchester, NH - Friend   February 06, 2020

Deb my deepest condolences to you my dear friend and to the O'Shea family. Michael was a wonderful person with a heart of gold and one of the greatest smiles ever. He will be missed but never forgotten.

Posted by Donna Gosselin - Loudon, NH - Friend   February 06, 2020

There are so many thoughts going through my head, but no words that will do them justice. MO was a welcoming presence, a teacher, an advocate of those that SNHS served (and beyond) and a vocal advocate for SNHS staff. I thank him for his kindness, and compassion. And for all that he taught me through the years. My heart is with Deborah, the boys and the entire O'Shea clan during this very painful time. Warmly, Patte Ardizzoni

Posted by Patte Ardizzoni - Hampton, NH - Friend   February 06, 2020

Dear Debbie,
My sincere, deepest condolences for your and your family's loss.
Michael's was a rich and beautiful life, ended too soon.
You will be in my prayers.

Posted by Sheila Mesmer Smith - South Yarmouth, MA - Friend   February 06, 2020

Michael will be missed by many. He was a longtime friend and colleague, the type of man you knew you could always count on if needed. My deepest condolences to Debbie and family. My heart hurts for you all and hope in time your many happy memories will have you smiling when you think of him. Sending love and strength through this very sad time. Shannon Nolin

Posted by Shannon Nolin - Chichester, NH - Family   February 06, 2020

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