‘He will be missed for­ever’

Friends and fam­ily of Conor Shea re­mem­ber 14-year-old as a spe­cial friend

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ERIC MCCARTHY

The photo tells a story of a young boy who went the dis­tance to help his friends.

It shows two boys in school uni­forms run­ning a cross-coun­try trail.

The taller boy has his hand on his friend’s back, as if en­cour­ag­ing him along. And that is what he was do­ing. The taller boy is Conor Shea, the vic­tim in Sun­day’s fa­tal snow­mo­bile col­li­sion in Pleas­ant View. Conor, who was 14, is sur­vived by his par­ents, Michael and Pa­tri­cia (Tish) Shea, his brother, Bradley, and sis­ters Ash­ley and Madi­son.

The photo was taken when he was in Grade 5 at St. Louis El­e­men­tary School. He had just fin­ished his cross coun­try race and had jumped the fence to run back to meet his friend, Zackary Chais­son, who had fallen be­hind.

“There’s noth­ing he wouldn’t do for Zackary. Like noth­ing. The sky’s the limit,” Mau­reen Chais­son said in de­scrib­ing the kind of friend Conor Shea was to her son.

On Mon­day, the day af­ter the tragic ac­ci­dent, Chais­son penned a poem about Conor and posted it on so­cial me­dia.

“We’re all heart­bro­ken, just dev­as­tated,” she said. “I just wanted to do that from Zackary, us­ing some of his words on the lit­tle things that meant so much to him.”

“Conor Shea played hockey with a huge heart, stick­ing up for his team­mates and never back­ing down or giv­ing up ... He will be missed for­ever. I just find he is such a sweet kid that will do any­thing for you.” Cur­tis Oliver

Cur­tis Oliver also posted about Conor. His son, Ethan, is a team­mate of Conor’s on the Tig­nish Ban­tam AA hockey team.

“Conor was a great kid who played hockey like a lit­tle man,” he posted.

He went on to de­scribe how an op­pos­ing player was hit­ting ev­ery­one in sight un­til he ran up against Conor.

“Conor Shea played hockey with a huge heart, stick­ing up for his team­mates and never back­ing down or giv­ing up ... He will be missed for­ever,” Oliver said.

“I just find he is such a sweet kid that will do any­thing for you,” he said. Conor’s mother agrees. “He’s just an all-around nice kid,” Tish Shea de­scribed her son on Tues­day.

She said he loved hockey and he loved his friends.

“That’s how he is,” she said of that im­age of Conor fin­ish­ing a race with his friend. “That’s just his na­ture.”

He also loved fish­ing with his father and any­thing with an en­gine.

She ac­knowl­edged how friends of Conor, his brother and sis­ters and the whole fam­ily have reached out to them since Sun­day’s tragedy.

She told of friends stay­ing with her as she waited for her hus­band, Michael, to make it home from out west, and all the sup­port they’ve re­ceived.

“His favourite dog, Nash, is just lost here with­out him,” said his mom.

He was as­sis­tant cap­tain of his hockey team and, al­though not one of the big­ger play­ers, he loved to check.

“The big­ger they were, in his eyes, the harder they fell,” said his mom.

“He had the blue eyes and the grin right on his face when he did it.”

The Shea fam­ily’s choice for me­mo­rial do­na­tions re­flects Conor’s love of hockey.

“In­stead of do­na­tions, I want to get jer­seys in Conor’s mem­ory for Tig­nish,” said his mom.

She es­pe­cially wants to out­fit the ban­tam boys, pee wee and midget girls teams with new jer­seys.

Me­mo­rial do­na­tions for P.E.I. Right to Life are also rec­om­mended.

“He is a role model to the rest of the young peo­ple on how to treat ev­ery­one,” Mau­reen Chais­son re­flected.

Vis­it­ing hours for Conor Shea at West Prince Fu­neral Home in Palmer Road will be held on Wed­nes­day, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. His fu­neral mass will be held at Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion Church in Palmer Road on Thurs­day at 1 p.m.

SUB­MIT­TED

Conor Shea, 14, is be­ing re­mem­bered as a young boy who went the dis­tance for his friends and fam­ily. Conor was killed in a snow­mo­bile ac­ci­dent in Pleas­ant View on Sun­day.

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