Donald Henry Shea


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Donald Henry Shea

SHEA, Donald Henry- Age 77 of Dartmouth. It is with much sorrow and very heavy hearts that we announce his sudden passing on Tuesday June 7th, 2022 in Dartmouth General Hospital.

Born in Pictou, he was the son of the late Hiram and Sarah (Rudolph) Shea.

He is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Eleanor (Blandford) Shea; children, Julie (Mark) Charman; Troy (Debbie) Shea; Kym Oden; grandchildren, Gregory Pitt, Elizabeth Charman, Madison Charman, Mackenzie Charman; brother, Ernest (Hazel); sisters in law, Arlene (Leslie) Hodder, Shirley (Frank) Manuel, Edna Salter, Georgia Shea; brother in law, Everett (Patsy) Blandford, many loving nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by brothers, Roy, John, Newt, Robert, James, Alfred; sisters, Jean, Ellie, Minnie; brother in law Frank Salter.

Donald found his sea legs at the young age of 18 starting as a deckhand at BIO. He loved being at sea and worked hard to move up the ranks to Captain at Fisheries and Oceans Canada then retired from the Canadian Coast Guard.

Cherished trips with his wife by his side and work at sea allowed him to travel around the world. He was always happiest being home spending time with family, especially with his granddaughters “Grampie’s Girls”. Donald also had a love for animals and always had treats in hand for his grand-dogs Ollie and Kosmo.

As per his wishes, cremation has taken place. No visitation or memorial service. In lieu of flowers, a donation in his memory can be made to the Nova Scotia Heart & Stroke Foundation. Online condolences may be sent by visiting

Condolences from family and friends

Posted by Capt.Earle Wagner | 02-Jul-2022

As marine Supt. of DFO Danny was under my supervision as third Officer of CGS Chebucto for years. He was highly respected for his dedication, personality, and cheerfulness. I have lost a true friend and the seafaring community has lost one of its captains. He will be missed.

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Posted by Hector Smith | 18-Jun-2022

So sorry to hear of Donald's passing. We have many fond memories of our times at sea and our Saturday night suppers together. Donald will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Hector & Margie

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