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Michael McShea, affectionately nicknamed “Mike”, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 22, 1952 to James McShea Sr. and Thelma McShea. A native Pennsylvanian, Michael took pride in where he grew up and could often be found researching his hometown, unraveling mysteries and uncovering cultural and architectural shifts. After attending Northeast Catholic High School, he went on to study at the University of Columbia in New York City. Juggling work and school proved to be a challenge, especially with all the commuting by subway car!
In his later years, he continued his pursuit of knowledge. Whether it was reviewing archives, combing through old newspapers, investigating genealogy and ancestry, researching the evolution of religion, or poking fun at politics, Michael was well-read and sought to share his knowledge with those around him on his blog and in his collection of Ebooks. Writing, art, and travel also captured his heart, and in-between his quest for answers, he could be found painting, drawing, working on his next Ebook, or catching the latest episode of Rick Steves’ traveling adventures. He was a Renaissance Man in the truest sense of the word.
Michael valued the rich experiences life could bring and always believed that pursuing dreams and doing what makes you happy was paramount to a good life. These were principles he lived by and encouraged his son and daughter-in-law to follow. After all, life’s too short to live with what-ifs and the regret that things could have gone differently in your life if only you’d had the courage to make different choices. He was also big on writing to tell your tale and did so in his Ebooks Ghosts of 911 - Reflections and Memories of September 11, 2001, Tales of Tucson, Arizona, Harrowgate Tales, and Staten Island Poet available on Amazon. And more than anything, he urged those around him to not allow their pasts to dictate their lives or halt their progress, but rather embrace those experiences as part of who they are and move toward their goals.
Michael is survived by his wife, Iris, his step-son, Christopher, his daughter-in-law, Marlena, his eldest brother James Jr. and two sisters. Although the sun has set on Michael’s ife, his impact on the lives of those closest to him will last a lifetime. He will forever be missed, but his legacy will live on.
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