Published on January 19, 2016
Conor Shea, 14, is being remembered as a young boy who went the distance for his friends and family. Conor was killed in a snowmobile accident in Pleasant View on Sunday.
Published on January 19, 2016
Conor Shea, right, is shown with his friend Zackary Chaisson in this photo taken when Conor was in Grade 5 at St. Louis Elementary.
Mother, friends talk about 14-year-old Conor Shea who inspired poem in his memory
PLEASANT VIEW ‚Äď The photo tells a story of a young boy who went the distance to help his friends.
It shows two boys in school uniforms running a cross-country trail.
The taller boy has his hand on his friend‚Äôs back, as if encouraging him along.
That is exactly what he was doing.
The taller boy is Conor Shea, the victim in Sunday‚Äôs fatal snowmobile collision in Pleasant View.
Conor, who was 14, is survived by his parents, Michael and Patricia (Tish) Shea, his brother, Bradley, and sisters Ashley and Madison.
The photo was taken when he was in Grade 5 at St. Louis Elementary School. He had just finished his cross country race and had jumped the fence to run back to meet his friend, Zackary Chaisson, who had fallen behind.
‚ÄúThere‚Äôs nothing he wouldn‚Äôt do for Zackary. Like nothing. The sky‚Äôs the limit,‚ÄĚ Maureen Chaisson said in describing the kind of friend Conor Shea was to her son.
On Monday, the day after the tragic accident, she and Zackary penned a poem about Conor and posted it on social media.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre all heartbroken, just devastated,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúI just wanted to do that from Zackary, using some of his words on the little things that meant so much to him.‚ÄĚ
Curtis Oliver also posted about Conor. His son, Ethan, is a teammate of Conor‚Äôs on the Tignish Bantam AA hockey team.
‚ÄúConor was a great kid who played hockey like a little man,‚ÄĚ he posted.
He went on to describe how an opposing player was hitting everyone in sight until he ran up against Conor.
‚ÄúConor Shea played hockey with a huge heart, sticking up for his teammates and never backing down or giving up ... He will be missed forever,‚ÄĚ Oliver said.
‚ÄúI just find he is such a sweet kid that will do anything for you,‚ÄĚ he said.
Conor‚Äôs mother agrees.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs just an all-around nice kid,‚ÄĚ Tish Shea described her son on Tuesday.
She said he loved hockey and he loved his friends.
‚ÄúThat‚Äôs how he is,‚ÄĚ she said of that image of Conor finishing a race with his friend. ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs just his nature.‚ÄĚ
He also loved fishing with his father and anything with an engine.
She acknowledged how friends of Conor, his brother and sisters and the whole family have reached out to them since Sunday‚Äôs tragedy.
She told of friends staying with her as she waited for her husband, Michael, to make it home from out west, and all the support they‚Äôve received.
‚ÄúHis favourite dog, Nash, is just lost here without him,‚ÄĚ said his mom.
He was assistant captain of his hockey team and, although not one of the bigger players, he loved to check.
‚ÄúThe bigger they were, in his eyes, the harder they fell,‚ÄĚ said his mom. ‚ÄúHe had the blue eyes and the grin right on his face when he did it.‚ÄĚ
The Shea family‚Äôs choice for memorial donations reflects Conor‚Äôs love of hockey.
‚ÄúInstead of donations, I want to get jerseys in Conor‚Äôs memory for Tignish,‚ÄĚ said his mom.
She especially wants to outfit the bantam boys, pee wee and midget girls teams with new jerseys. Memorial donations for P.E.I. Right to Life are also recommended.
‚ÄúHe is a role model to the rest of the young people on how to treat everyone,‚ÄĚ Maureen Chaisson reflected.
Visiting hours for Conor Shea at West Prince Funeral Home in Palmer Road will be held on Wednesday, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. His funeral mass will be held at Immaculate Conception Church in Palmer Road on Thursday at 1 p.m.