Mary McShane

Obituary of Mary B. McShane

On March 24, 2020, Mary McShane passed away peacefully at the age of 86. Mary was born on Valentine’s Day 1934, the first born child of Bridie and Tim Lacey in Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland.With her adventurous spirit, she emigrated from Ireland to New York in 1958. Just a few years later, she married her one true love, Owen (Eugene) McShane.Mary was predeceased by her daughter Bridget, her husband Eugene, her brothers Anthony and Eddie and her sisters Eileen, Anne and Bibi.

She is survived by her three children and their spouses: Maureen McShane and David Papillo, of Somerville, MA; Owen and Tracey McShane, of Loudonville, NY; and Eileen and Tony Verboys of Warwick, NY. She is also survived by her beloved sisters and brothers Dorothy, Tess, Tim, Jack, Matt, and Martin and many nieces, nephews, in-laws, family and friends. Every single day, she treasured her grandkids Patrick, Evan, Timothy, Sarah and Elizabeth. 

After starting a career in bookkeeping, she found her true calling as a teaching assistant in the Clarkstown School District working in both Link Elementary and Felix Festa Junior High.  She saw the value in education and earned distinguished service awards as PTA president in West Nyack Elementary, Felix Festa Junior High and Clarkstown South High School. Mom, Mary, Aunt Mary or Granny...whatever you called her, there was always a place at her table and a hot cup of tea ready in the kitchen.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to American Heart Association.

Due to the current health crisis, burial will be private and a celebration of Mary’s life will be held at a future date.

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