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Shaun McGarry  

Shaun McGarry

June 27, 1969 – January 17, 2017

Shaun McGarry, age 47, of Newark, DE, died Tuesday, January 17, 2017, after heroically battling cancer for the last 16 months.

He was born June 27, 1969, in Pennsylvania, the son of the late Raymond and Elizabeth McGarry. He graduated from Glasgow High School in 1988, where he was a member of the soccer team. Shaun worked as the Art and Heritage Service Manager for Bank of America for the last 28 years. He was a fan of the Philadelphia sports teams, enjoyed cooking, watching TV (especially cooking shows), golfing and playing softball, watching his sons play sports and spending time with his friends and family.
Shaun was a wonderful husband, father, brother and uncle. We are relieved that his passing was painless. We were blessed that all of us, including his nieces and nephews, were able to spend this past weekend together as a loving family playing games and telling stories at an ocean front house in Dewey Beach, Delaware.

Although Shaun’s life was too short, those who were touched by him understand that his heart and soul will always be with us. We will always remember his smirk that told us he was up to no good and his sarcastic sense of humor that brought so much joy to our family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Herbert J. and Marie Bessey. Shaun is survived by his wife, Kathy, and their sons, Colin and Owen; his brothers, Raymond (Hannah), Michael (Kelly); his sisters, Michele Maxwell (Jeff) and Maureen Sierocinski (Stan); his sisters-in-law, Janet Ponchak (Al) and Rosemary Press (Pat); 18 nieces and nephews; and 7 great nieces and great nephews.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 pm until 8 pm on Friday evening, January 20, 2017 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, DE. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 am on Saturday morning, January 21, 2017 at Holy Family R.C. Church, East Chestnut Hill and Gender Roads, Newark, DE. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to the American Lung Association of Delaware, 630 Churchmans Road, Ste. 202, Newark, DE 19702 or to Delaware Hospice, 16 Polly Drummond Center, 2nd Floor, Newark, DE 19711.

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  1. Jennifer Molz Gotschall, January 18, 2017

    You will always have and keep the memories you as a family shared close to your heart.
    As long as you keep his memories alive he will never be far from you or your family.

  2. Barbara Kelly, January 18, 2017

    Our love and prayers are with all of you.

  3. Terry and Bryan Miles, January 18, 2017

    Our prayers for peace and comfort are with your family in this most difficult time

  4. Anne Frati, January 18, 2017

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  5. Joe Leighton, January 18, 2017

    So sorry for you loss. Thought and prayers are with your family.

  6. Lori Regnier Glencer, January 18, 2017


    I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers and love for you and the boys and the rest of your family.

    Lori Regnier Glencer

  7. Kathy King, January 18, 2017

    Kathy, Colin, Owen, and family:

    We offer our sincere condolences on your loss of Shaun. He will always be remembered in our lives as a caring friend and neighbor forever. He will be looking down on your family and friends as a guardian angel.. And when you are down, remember all the fun, laughs, and colorful language, we all used as baseball parents with our sons.


    Chris, Kathy Amanda, and Kyle King

  8. Melody Duffy, January 18, 2017

    I was so sorry to hear this and know this large wonderful family will celebrate this good man. My sympathy and care for all of you.

  9. Joe & Carol McCann, January 18, 2017

    Our deepest condolences – so sorry for your loss. You, Colin and Owen are in our prayers.
    Carol & Joe

  10. Rose O'Neal, January 18, 2017

    So sorry to hear of Shaun’s passing. I will always remember what nice and kind person he was. Rest in Peace, Shaun. May the peace of the Lord be with his family and friends. – Rose ( former MBNA person.)

  11. Donna Masley, January 19, 2017

    I am a sincere friend of Michele and Jeff.
    My prayers have been for Shaun to find the strength to endure his battle. My prayers continue for Kathy, Colin and Owen to find Peace and Love from all those who love and support you. I pray for you all to find a way to endure your waves of emotions- your support system is always there for you.

  12. Susan Palumbo Whitehill, January 19, 2017

    Dear Ray and to your entire family,

    We as a family are so deeply sorry for the loss of your beloved brother, a true Family Man. God rest his soul in peace and many prayers for peace for each of you.

    Fondly with heartfelt sympathy, Susan and Whitehill family

  13. Mike & Angela Vanderslice, January 19, 2017

    Kathy (Colin & Owen) and the rest of the McGarry / Bessey crew,

    Our sincere condolences on the passing of Shaun. It’s seems so surreal. I’m just waiting for him to come out the front door, and rip on my fantasy team in some way like he always did with a mutual laugh between us. His quick wit and kind heart will truly be missed on the Court and in this world. He was one of the best in the biz at making people laugh. The entire community has your back, and we are here for you. Sending our thoughts, prayers and positive vibes your way.

  14. Judy & Jim Finochi, January 19, 2017

    We are so sorry to hear of Shaun’s passing. We have so many memories from our days at MBNA. Please know that so many of his friends & co-workers loved him as a son, brother & friend.

  15. Brian Dawson, January 19, 2017

    Very sorry for your loss!

    Great memories growing up with the McGarry’s!

    Brian, Kristen & family

  16. Keith Henry, January 19, 2017

    Kathy I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Shaun. Our prayers are with you and your family at this time.
    Keith & Marla Henry

  17. Chris Andrews, January 19, 2017

    Very sorry to hear of the passing of your brother Shaun.
    Chris Andrews

  18. Melissa Furman, January 20, 2017

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. I started praying for you all 16 months ago and I will never stop. May God bring you peace and may the happy memories flood your vision.

  19. Donna Cushing, January 20, 2017

    I am good friends of Michelle and Jeff. I am so sorry for your loss. He had a long brave fight and I am so glad you were all able to be together this past weekend.

  20. Karen and Dale Derrickson, January 20, 2017

    We were so sorry to read of Shaun’s passing. The memories you have of the wonderful times you shared with be with you always. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the boys.

  21. Carol Krawitz Verlin, January 20, 2017

    My deepest and most sincere condolences to the entire family. I will keep all in my thoughts and prayers. The McGarry family has shown us all how love and support can make a family strong.

  22. Dick Appleton, January 20, 2017

    So sorry to hear of this sad loss. Worked closely with Shawn at MBNA. He was an important member of our team.

  23. Bernard And Barbara Lehrman, January 23, 2017

    Kathy, Colin, and Owen,

    We are so sorry for your loss. We have such fond memories of Shaun and will keep your family in our prayers. The Court will never be the same without him. Our thoughts are with you.

  24. Judy (Simonds) Bradley, February 7, 2017

    Praying for you and your family at this sad time. I am sorry for your loss.


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