Shea, Andrew James

Shea, Andrew James

July 14, 1938 – July 8, 2018
Age 79 of Edina. A proud Democrat who ran the 1976 National Convention and hometown boy who worked to keep the Twins in Minnesota, died on July 8th in Edina. Born in Minneapolis to Daniel B. Shea and Dorothy Lonergan, he is survived by his children, Andrew T. and Glynis C.; his sister, Margaret Zera and brother, Daniel Shea as well as a large clan of nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother, Patrick; his wife, Marilyn and Seamus, his enormous poodle. His drive and wanderlust led to a remarkable life. Although his childhood was tumultuous, he attended Cretin High School, St. Thomas College then received his law degree from George Washington University. During law school, he prepared legislative briefs at the Library of Congress. He followed in his father’s footsteps by fundraising for churches, a skill he later used to help sustain Regina High School (which his daughter attended). After private practice, he joined and became a partner at O’Connor & Hannan and was a founding partner of McGrann Shea Carnival Straughn & Lamb, Chartered in 1989. He focused on corporate law, municipal utilities and defending unions and their pensions. In 2001, as general counsel for the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, he led the team that successfully enforced the Twins’ contract to ensure the future of Major League baseball in Minnesota. Andy was actively involved in national political affairs throughout his life: fundraising for the Humphrey-Muskie ticket in 1986, assisting the DNC Treasurer from 1969-72 and directing the 1974 Conference on Democratic Party Organization and Policy. In 1976, he was Manager of the Democratic National Convention in NYC. He loved travel and adventure. As a young man, he worked and climbed in Glacier National Park. With his family, he sailed in Lake Superior and the Aegean Sea and traveled in Ireland, England, France, Italy, and Mexico. Upon retirement, he moved to California and fulfilled a dream of living on the ocean at the Sea Ranch, where he hiked among the redwoods and along the rocky coast with his wife and poodle. Father and Shea family patriarch, Andy was generous, loving, funny and protective. His roles included defender of errant family members, girls basketball coach, ice-skating and tennis instructor, pinewood derby engineer, doll house and puppet theatre builder, subzero grill master, and ill-gotten winner of board games. He gave freely of his time, legal expertise and financial resources. Shortly after his return to MN, Andy was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. While his final years were heartbreaking, we are delighted that he remained unaware of 45. With his death, we know that the road is rising up to meet him, the wind is at his back and the sun is shining warmly on his face always. As a memorial to his life and work, please make a donation to the ACLU. An Irish wake in his honor will be held Kieran’s [601 1st Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55403] on August 7th from 4-8pm. (Published in the Star Tribune on July 29, 2018).