Shay, Charles

September 29th, 2009

shay-charles1Charles M. “Charlie” Shay, age 56 of Billerica, formerly of Wilmington, died unexpectedly, Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Born on September 25, 1953, in Cambridge, MA, Charlie was the loving son of Helen T. (Prescott) and the late Albert W. Shay of Wilmington. Charlie grew up in Wilmington and graduated Wilmington High School on June 13, 1971. He earned his welding certificate from Wentworth Evening School in Boston on March 30, 1972. He was a welder with Smithcraft Corp. before joining the North Andover Fire Department, where he was an EMT and Firefighter. He retired as a Lieutenant due to a back injury sustained on the job.

Charlie seemed to have a knack for anything he put his mind to, he played the guitar and piano, both self taught, he was a skilled welder and excellent mechanic.

Charlie was an expert skier and really enjoyed the White Mountains of New Hampshire, it was a yearly routine for many years to get his season pass to all the ski areas in New Hampshire, with Cannon Mountain being his favorite. He was a Harley enthusiast and loved to ride, Charlie also loved the beach, boating, and managing his garden in the summer. Charlie will be fondly remembered as a loving son, brother, co-worker, and friend.

shaycharles2Besides his mother, Charlie is survived by his two brothers Stephen and Michael Shay of Wilmington, his sister Susan Shay & her husband Paul Coolidge of Hudson, MA and Wilmington, his beloved fiancé of Sandra DeMambro of Billerica, and many dear friends.

Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Sunday, October 4th from 2-5 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Home Service at 5:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Charles’ name may be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.


6 Entries in Guest Book for “Shay, Charles”

  1. Chris Ostrowski says:

    Mary and I are so sorry for the loss of your Son,Brother and My Cousin.
    We love you Shay family.Charlie and all of you are in our prayers.If we can help in some way.Please do not hesitate to pick up the phone.
    Cousin Chris and Mary Ostrowski

  2. Barbara (Bryant) Robitaille says:

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Charlie. I can remember as a child and a teenager many happy times spent together. The go cart rides for me and Carrol, cruzin around in Charlie’s car and listening to good tunes, real loud. How he talked Ted and I into joining the christian group in Andover, I guess we went mostly to hear Charlie play his guitar.
    Through the later years we didn’t stay in touch that much, but certain songs I’d hear on the radio would remind of him, I guess they always will.
    Good bye my friend , I wish your family peace and love. You all are in my prayers.
    Barbara (Ted’s sister)

  3. Jim Crane NAFD Ret. says:

    I worked with Charlie for many years. It was enjoyable. Charlie helped many people in his profession. We had a good time and a lot of laughs. It was a pleasure to work with him. I am sorry to hear of his passing. May he be in a better place. Rest in peace Charlie.

  4. LISA MANETAS says:

    Dear Sandy:

    I, Lisa Manetas, so sorry for the loss of Charlie. Charlie was a wonderful man. I wish I could be there for your support, as I do live in Florida. My prayers are with you to comfort you during this difficult time. My deepest sympathy. You are always welcome at my house, if you need to get away.

    With Love & Warm Thoughts.
    Lisa Manetas & Paul
    Brandon FL 33510

  5. Jessalyn Erickson says:

    Grandpa im sorry i didn’t make it yesterday, i was at the E.R very sick. I remember those fun beach days in the cape and collecting shells on the beach when i was little it was so fun. And me and you always use to sit under that tree in your front yard and have a snack or you would just watch me ride my bike. I will miss you…
    To the Shay Family:
    I am so sorry for your loss, he was truly a great guy and i am going to miss him. Just be strong.
    Love, Jessalyn

  6. Rose Hogan says:

    To Sandy and The Shay Family,
    All of us are very sorry for your loss,and our prayers are with you.I first and foremost wanted to say that I am very sorry for not making it to Charlies services yesterday but as you know Jessalyn was very sick and in a lot of pain we were trying to make it there but unfortunately had to go to the ER in fear of her having Appendicitis..she is ok now but we have to follow up and watch her closely.Charlie rest In Peace and take care of baby Justin…Thank You for all the good childhood memmories you and Sandy gave Jessalyn.Sorry we couldn’t be there.Love Rose,Joe,Jessalyn,Zachary and Brendon.<3

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