Michael James McShea
(1937 - 2014)

Michael James McShea
Nickname: Mike

New York, United States of America
July 12, 1937

Maryland, United States of America
October 25, 2014

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In Loving Memory
(July 12, 1937 - October 25, 2014)

Our father, Michael (“Mike”) James McShea who died at 77, was a corporate sales executive who focused on mainframe computers at the dawn of the technology industry.

He died on Saturday October 25 after a long illness due to end state dementia at the Copper Ridge skilled nursing unit in Sykesville, MD.

Son of Elizabeth Gertrude (nee Smith) and Henry James McShea, Mike was born in Buffalo, N.Y and was a third generation Irish American. He inherited the gift of gab from his Irish ancestors and was the second oldest son of seven children. His father worked for both coal and steel companies in Pennsylvania.


Mike’s family moved to Baltimore, MD and then to West Chester, PA, where he graduated from St. Agnes High School in 1955.

His passion for music started at home and would lead to a stint in a Barbershop Quartet and a classical choral group. His original outlet for song was in the high school glee club where he was a gifted tenor.

“Reading maketh a full man” -- a quote by Francis Bacon he chose for his high school yearbook -- signaled another enduring passion. Until his eyesight failed, he was a voracious reader his whole life, especially loving political books, biographies, and popular fiction.

As a student he took pride in his strong writing and communication skills, but it was his talents with mathematics that would forge his future in engineering.

He was a civil engineering graduate of Villanova University, which he attended as a day-hop from his nearby home in West Chester. He received his degree in 1960 on a ROTC scholarship and entered the Navy after graduation as a commissioned officer. He said he joined the service “to see the world.” While aboard the USS Shasta he visited all major Mediterranean ports during one 15-month journey.

After he married Margaret (“Peg”) Ann Hurst in 1961 he was transferred to the USS Mazama which was home ported in Florida. Less than a year later, in October 1962 the couple moved to Hawaii where Mike started his final active duty assignment in the Navy at the U.S. Navy Public Works Center in Pearl Harbor. In that role he supervised a crew involved in the construction of the USS Arizona Memorial. The site, which commemorates the 1941 Japanese attach of Pearl Harbor, had been formally dedicated earlier that year. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1964 and left active duty 16 months later.


His post-navy career began at IBM where he held roles ranging from mainframe marketing to product development.

Another career highlight included being one of the IT disaster recovery business pioneers, first at Sun Guard Recovery Services as a product manager and later at Comdisco Recovery Services.

His knowledge of the mainframe business led him to become an independent sales executive forming his own companies -- Mid Atlantic Computer Sales and MF/2000 -- and shorter associations with other IT firms including OkiData and MetroLogic. In one detour from the world of technology, he purchased and ran a local construction firm, “European English Greenhouses”.

When he retired, he volunteered both with the Heart of Camden and as a tour guide for the USS New Jersey BB62. He also tutored local school children in math.


While in Hawaii, their children Kathleen and Michael were born.

As he climbed the career ladder at IBM the company earned its nick-name: “I’ve Been Moved.” His growing family moved first to Sewickley, PA where his children James and Megan were born. Then the family relocated to State College, PA, Vestal, NY, and then to Moorestown, NJ.

After his children went to college, he and his wife moved to nearby Mount Laurel, NJ.

Declining health marked his later years. This included a courageous and successful battle against stage IV melanoma, which was discovered in 2006. Not long after his recovery from cancer, multiple eye conditions began to result in vision loss, and he began suffering from neurological symptoms that later presented as dementia.

He is survived by his daughter Kathleen McShea Erville and her husband Pierre and his son Julian; his son Michael McShea, his wife Susan and their children Ryan, Timothy and Madeline; his son James McShea; his daughter Megan McShea; his sisters Eileen Wylie, Patricia Lamb and Mary Sneed and his brother Harry McShea and many nieces and nephews.

Mike celebrated 51 years of marriage before his wife Peg died in 2013. He also is pre-deceased by his brother Joseph McShea and sister Jeannie Koniewicz as well as his parents Henry and Elizabeth McShea.

>>Funeral Plans

Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation, the funeral mass and burial and a memorial luncheon to celebrate the life and mourn the loss of our father:

VISITATION: Alleva Funeral Home, 1724 E. Lancaster Avenue, Paoli, PA 19301
DATE: Friday, November 7
TIME: 6-8 PM

FUNERAL MASS & BURIAL: The Church of Saint Monica, 635 First Avenue, Berwyn, PA 19312
DATE: Saturday, November 8
TIME: 10:30 AM

MEMORIAL LUNCHEON: Details and directions will be distributed at the church
DATE: Saturday, November 8
TIME: Following the funeral

In lieu of flowers, please consider a tribute donation to one of the charities listed on the donate page.

Nearby lodging options for out of town guests include:

# Homewood Suites by Hilton
12 E. Swedesford Road, Malvern, PA 19355

# The Desmond Hotel
1 Liberty Blvd., Malvern, PA 19355

# Courtyard Marriott
280 Old Morehall Road, Malvern, PA 19355

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Sorry to hear of your loss. Death is something never easy to deal with. But you can find comfort through God's word the Bible. It tells that soon God will rid the earth of death and its painful effects forever.-Revelation 21:3, 4.
chevelle Busby
March 2nd, 2015
I would like to express my condolences at this time to your family. The Bible is a great source of encouragement at times like this. A comforting thought is at Revelation 21:3,4, where it states "...And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry be anymore the former things have past away". This scripture gives us hope for the future! You can also find comfort in Acts 24:15 - Death does not end it all. May Jehovah bring you comfort and peace during this difficult time.
Anish Nagesh
December 8th, 2014
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear father. We will not be able to attend the service, but know that your Dad is in our thoughts and prayers. Knowing that your Mom and Dad are once again together to enjoy each others company in a happier place should bring you a little comfort during this sad time.
Patsy & George Gale-Leahy (Peg's Cousin)
November 7th, 2014
I am sorry to hear of Mike's death and offer my condolences to his family. While not a close friend, Mike was a friend whom I will always remember. Through the ROTC at VU and several chance meetings during our time in the Navy, I came to know Mike as a witty, caring fellow who always looked on the bright side of life. I hadn't seen Mike for five years or so before his death but my last memory of him is as vivid as my first. He touched many lives in a very positive way and will be missed but fondly remembered by all that crossed his path.
Tom Moakley (classmate and "shipmate")
November 3rd, 2014
Bob and I are sad to hear of Mike's passing.
We miss our bridge games and dinners.
Sorry we cannot be with you. Bob & Torry Day
Torry day (friend)
November 2nd, 2014
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"We met Mike and Peg in Pittsburg in 1966 and remained close friends through the years. Farewell our dear friend. We cherish the memories of the years we had with you and Peg. Rest in peace. The Minsters Nov. 1, 2014 we"
Judy and Joel Minster
November 1st, 2014
"Big brother, I loved you so, and always admired you. Thank God, you were in our family! We'll never forget the fun, the music, the profound thinking you shared with us. And now you are in good company with God. All praise! Rest in peace, Mike."
Eileen Wylie
November 1st, 2014
"Mike was a loving Pop Pop and an incredibly supportive father-in-law. We were blessed to have him. He will forever be part of us through our memories and stories."
Susie McShea
October 31st, 2014
"I am amazed by Dad's courage and spirit in all he went through, and grateful for everything he gave me and for the relationship we had. I miss him, but I am glad too that he is finally free of the body and mind that were failing him."
Megan McShea
October 30th, 2014
"You will always be in our hearts. I treasure the toast you gave us at our wedding -- "Let love be your strength and joy, it will inspire you now and forever" -- Rest in peace Dad."
Kathleen Erville
October 29th, 2014


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