Friday, April 29, 2022

Daniel M. Shea, 79

Wellsville, NY – Daniel M. Shea, 79, of Hanover Hill, passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born March 7, 1943 in Buffalo the son of the late Daniel M. and Mary Elizabeth (Purtill) Shea. In 1977 at Immaculate Conception Church of Wellsville, he married his wife of forty-five years, Shirley Austin, who survives. 

Dan was a long-time resident of Wellsville, he was a 1961 graduate of Wellsville High School. At one time he was a Police Officer for the Village of Wellsville. After his time with the department, he became a long-haul truck driver who primarily drove for Western Auto. In 1990 Dan made a career shift and founded Dan Shea Septic Tank Service, which he still owned and operated. 

He was a member of the Wellsville Elks Lodge 1495, the Wellsville Moose Lodge, and past member of the Emerald Hook and Ladder. Dan was a devout Catholic who prayed the rosary every day, he attended and was a member of Immaculate Conception Church. His passion was music, especially country music, of which he was a “die hard fan”; he was in several bands, including The Genesee Valley Boys with Bob Norton. Overall, music was a big part of his life. Additionally, he was an avid hunter. Dan will be remembered as a wonderful man and father, who always had a good joke to tell.  The family would like to thank the Jones Memorial Hospital ICU staff, especially Val and Dylon.

In addition to his wife, Shirley, he is survived by: a daughter, Nancy (Randy) Schultz of Manassas, VA; two sons, Daniel Shea of Andover, and Donald (Barbara) Shea of San Antonio, TX; Nine grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren; two brothers, Timothy (Eileen) Shea of Wellsville, and Brian (Laura) Shea of Hilton; four sisters, Kate (Doug) Knott & Jeanne (Pat) Purtill, both of Wellsville, and Patty (Douglas) Morley & Peggy (Stan) Atherholt, both of Gold, PA; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by: his parents; children, Dennis Shea and Wendy Schultz; and siblings, MaryAnn Manning and Michael Shea. 

Friends are invited to call on Monday, May 2, 2022 from 4 – 7 PM at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville, 34 West State Street. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 11 AM in the Immaculate Conception Church of Wellsville, 36 Maple Avenue. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to St. Jude’s, which can be addressed to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Attn: Memorial and Honors, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105. To leave online condolences please visit


  1. Our deepest sympathy to all of Dan’s family and friends. We always enjoyed his music and the twinkle in his eyes! May God bless and comfort you.
    Arnold & Linda Hurd

  2. We are so sorry to read of Dan's passing. He was such a great guy, I have fond memories of him up at "the farm". May you find comfort in knowing that as you go through this most difficult time, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in Peace Dan!
    Bob and Lisa Inman
    Sarasota, Florida

  3. Our prayers and condolences to you and your family. Dan's sense of humor was one of his strengths. I always enjoyed a good joke from him. May your memories help you during this difficult time. Karen and Dana Field

  4. So very sorry and deeply saddened by the news of Dan's passing. My husband had worked with Dan a number of times over the years through septic inspections and has a high regard and deep respect for him. Dan was an amazing, ethical and respectable man, both in business and family life. God rest his soul.

    1. Thank you for your kind comments. It is so appreciated at this very difficult time.

  5. So sorry for the loss of this wonderful man, heaven has gained a true spiritual singing angel, prayers for the family.


  6. Our deepest condolences to Shirley and their family. Dan was a fine man and will be missed by many. Cory & Sandra Guenter