Beverly — Mr. Charles E. McShane, 89, beloved husband of Joan (Bullock) McShane, died on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at the Ledgewood Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Beverly, surrounded by his family.
Born in Lansdowne, Pa., he was the son of the late Charles J. and Eleanore (Brophy) McShane. He graduated from West Catholic High School in Philadelphia, Class of 1942, and continued his education, earning a bachelor’s degree from LaSalle College in 1949
An honorably discharged veteran, he enlisted at the age of 19, and served his country during World War II as Signalman 3rd Class in the U.S. Navy. He served in the Pacific and European Theaters as a member of the Armed Guard, providing escort and protection to merchant ships around the globe.
Mr. McShane had been employed for 37 years at Aetna Life & Casualty Insurance Co., rising through the corporate ranks with stops in Philadelphia, Reading, Pa., Bridgeport, Conn., and ultimately Boston in 1968, where he was the regional marketing executive. He retired from Aetna in 1987. He then served as a consultant with Appleby & Wyman Insurance Agency for over 10 years.
A longtime resident of the City of Beverly, he was an active parishioner at St. John the Evangelist Church in Beverly for 45 years. He was a volunteer for numerous local charities, including Meals on Wheels and Elder Services of the North Shore. He was on the Beverly Board of Registrars and a member of the Beverly Republican Committee. He was also a member of the Wenham Country Club for many years, where he once had a “hole in one” on the 7th hole. As a young man, he served on the Lansdowne Volunteer Fire Department, an organization in which he was a lifetime member.
In addition to his loving wife, with whom he shared 61 years of marriage, he is survived by his children, Charles E. McShane Jr. and his wife, Sherry, of Columbus, Ohio, Anne McShane Bloomfield and her husband, Dennis, of Fallon, Nev., Michael A. McShane and his wife, Maura, of Beverly, and Mary McShane Bertucci and her husband, James, of Beverly; 10 grandchildren, Meaghan McShane Wagner and her husband, Forest, of Troutville, Va., Matthew McShane of Elmwood Park, Ill., John McShane of Roanoke, Va., Michael Bloomfield, Christopher Bloomfield and Joshua Bloomfield of Fallon, Nev., Michael and Ryan McShane of Beverly, and Brynn and Andrew Bertucci of Beverly; one great-grandson, Anderson Wagner of Troutville; a sister-in-law, Claire McShane of Lansdowne, Pa.; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law Anthony and Lorraine Bullock of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass.; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was also the brother of the late Thomas J. McShane.
ARRANGEMENTS: A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. John the Evangelist Church, 111 New Balch St., Beverly, on Friday, January 10, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the Campbell–Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot St., North Beverly, will be on Thursday, from 4 to 7 p.m. Burial will be held in Glen Mills, Pa. Contributions may be made in his memory to St. John the Evangelist School, 111 New Balch St., Beverly, MA 01915. Information, directions, or condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.