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Judith T. Shanahan

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“I remember growing up around all the Shanahans, & Judy was such a vibrant, loving person, always full of life and laughter. She treated my nana very...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Pamela Morin - Manchester, NH

“To all the Shanahans: I cannot remember a time when the Shanahans and Dalys did not know one another. I have so many good memories. You will be in...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Kathleen Mirabile - Manchester, NH

“I LOVE YOU JUDY. I HOPE THE HURT I FEEL WILL PASS, I THOUGHT LIFE IS NEVER ENDING, AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE THERE. I WILL CRY, AND THEN SMILE AS I...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: CHRISTOPHER GRAY TRACY - CT

“Jim and Kids. I was sad to hear today that Judy had died. I have some very wonderful memories of both her and all of you. All good thoughts. Michael ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: Mike Spector - Phoenix, AZ

“Dear Shanahan family: I was so sorry to hear the sad news about Mrs.Shanahan. I have many happy memories of being at your house during my years at...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Martha Shethar - Littleton, MA

“To the Shanahan Family, I was shocked and sad to read that we have lost Judy. I loved Judy! Judy and I began our teaching careers together. She...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Brenda Ashooh - Rowayton, CT

“To all the Shanahans, We extend our condolences for your loss. A wonderful wife, mother and friend. We will all miss and remember her. Jim and Kathy ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: kathryn and Jim Muirhead - NH

“Mr. Shanahan, Jim, Gay, Tom, Liz, Please accept my condolences for your tragic loss. Judy was a class act. She had a gift for meeting any situation...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Pierre Clement - New York, NY

“Jim, Doris joins me in extending our deepest sympathy to you and to your family. She was a lovely lady....Bud ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: Adrian Buck - Pinehurst, NC

“Mr. Shanahan, Jimmy, Gay, Tommy & Liz, We are so sad to hear the news. Both Chris and I have such wonderful memories of Judy. She was such a...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Lisa & Chris Murray - Ridgefield, CT


Judith T. Shanahan, 80, of Manchester, NH, and Naples, FL, died May 30, 2009, at the Elliot Hospital. She was born December 3, 1928, in Hartford, CT, the daughter of the late S. Gray and Evelyn Anthony Tracy. She grew up in Wethersfield, CT, graduating from Wethersfield High School in 1946. In 1948, she completed an Associate of Arts degree in Retail at Lasell Junior College and was employed subsequently at R.H. Stearns in Boston. She married James A. Shanahan, Jr. in 1952, and they made their home in Manchester, NH. After raising their four children, Judy Shanahan completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1978 at Notre Dame College and for 12 years was employed in the Manchester Public School System as a special education teacher. Active in the community, she served on the board of the League of Women Voters and the board of Child Health Services, volunteered for the Associates of the Elliot Hospital, and participated in numerous state and local Democratic political activities. In addition, she was an active member of Grace Episcopal Church. She was an avid golf, tennis, and bridge player and for the past 22 years had wintered with her husband in Naples, FL.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, James, their four children, James A. Shanahan, III of Boxford, MA, Gay E. Shanahan of Duxbury, MA, Thomas G. Shanahan of Boston, MA and Elizabeth A. Shanahan of Bozeman, MT, ten grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother and sister, Leonard and Gay Tracy.

Calling hours will be held Monday, June 1st from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Goodwin Funeral Home, 607 Chestnut Street, Manchester, NH. The funeral service will be Tuesday, June 2nd at 10:30 A.M. at Grace Episcopal Church, 106 Lowell Street, Manchester, NH. Burial will take place Wednesday, June 3rd at St. Joseph Cemetery, Bedford, NH. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Autism Speaks, 5455 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 2250, Los Angeles, CA 90036 or online to www.autismspeaks.org.

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