Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Terrence John Shannon of Copperopolis

   Terrence John Shannon of Copperopolis, passed away on November 24, 2013 in San Andreas. He was 70.

  A native of San Francisco, he was born March 6, 1943 to John Willis Shannon and Ethel Catherine Magee at Mary's Help Hospital.

   Terry attended St. Michael's Grammar School, St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park, and graduated from Riordan High School in San Francisco.

   He then graduated from City College of San Francisco and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from San Francisco State in 1969. He then attended UC Hastings College of the Law and received his doctor in law in 1972.

  He served in the US Marine Corps and was stationed in San Diego. He worked as a playground director in San Francisco and drove a taxi cab while attending college and law school.

  After he received his law degree Terry worked for George Davis and the San Francisco Public Defenders office.

   After leaving the SF Public Defender's Office, he opened his own law practice in San Mateo, then moved to Foster City, practicing law for over 40 years, until his retirement this year.

   Terry was a proud member of Rotary International, Foster City Rotary Club, serving as President. He attended the Lake Tulloch Bible Church in Copperopolis.

   Terry was a devoted father and grandfather who adored his children and grandchildren, and cherished spending time with his family and friends.

   He was proud of their accomplishments and enjoyed going to see them play soccer, watching them learn to ice skate and practice gymnastics, cheerlead or play high school football.

   Terry was an avid 49er and CalBear football fan, often on game day you would see him flying his team flags.

   He was a member of the Whalers Cove and Foster City Yacht Clubs.  On weekends you would see him and his wife Mary along with his two Irish Terriers boating on the lagoon in Foster City in his boat the Irish Mist.

   He loved animals, especially his Irish Terriers, Maeve, Culchuian, Molly, Patrick Henry and Penelope and was a member of the Irish Terrier Club of Northern California.

   Always giving of himself and wanting to give back to the communities where he lived, Terry volunteered with the Foster City CERT program and with the Calaveras Sheriff's Department.

   He is survived by his wife Mary Helen of Copperopolis; son Robert Shannon of Novato, granddaughter Jessica and grandson Jason; daughter Lisa Kelley (Michael) of San Francisco, granddaughters Juliet and Adeline; step-daughter Aleesa Daley of Hermosa Beach; brother Gerald Shannon of Novato, sisters Kathleen Keighran of Foster City, Patrica Canzian of San Mateo and June Coel of LIncoln; nephews Timothy and Aidan Keighran, Casey Shannon and Devin Coel; nieces Jona, Kathy, Joanie and Colleen and first wife Karen.

   He was predeceased by his parents, son John and sister Constance and niece Jody.

   A private service for family and friends will be held in Copperopolis and a Celebration of his life will be held in January in Foster City.

   Donations can be made in his memory to the rotary Club of Foster City or the Calaveras Sheriff Department Volunteers.

   Angels Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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