Charles M. O’Shea, Jr.
Charles M. O’Shea, Jr., of Lawrence, passed away on Sunday, July 27, 2014, at the Acorn Glen Assisted Living Facility in Princeton, NJ, at the age of 87.
A lifelong area resident, Charles was born in Trenton and lived most of his life in Lawrence Township. Charles, or Charlie as he was best known, graduated from Trenton Central High School in 1944. He then enlisted into the United States Navy, having served as a Radarman Third Class in World War II, where he earned the American Theater Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Medal, and the Victory Medal. After his honorable discharge in 1946, Charles enrolled in Bucknell Junior College (now Wilkes University), graduating in 1950.
In 1950 Charles joined his father in the family owned Mack Truck dealership, Trenton Mack Sales & Services, Inc., and became sole owner in 1956 until he retired in 1990.
Son of the late Charles M. O’Shea, Sr., and Theresa (Sellner) O’Shea, Charles was predeceased by his brother John C. O’Shea and daughter Teresa (Tera) Hohmann. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor (Doherty) O’Shea and their five children and spouses: C. Michael O’Shea, III and his wife Lea, D. Patrick O’Shea and his wife Donna, J. Brian O’Shea and his wife Catherine, Charlene Anderson and her husband Patrick, and Ellen Brown and her husband Scott. Charles is also survived by a son-in-law Larry Hohmann, and eleven grandchildren: Michelle DeGaglia and her husband Michael, Jennifer Datres and her husband Richard, Daniel O’Shea, Kathleen O’Shea, Brian Anderson and his wife Jamie, Craig O’Shea, Tyler O’Shea, James Anderson, Kevin O’Shea, Stephen Brown, and Megan Brown; and five great-grandchildren.
An avid animal lover, Charles was fond of watching auto racing. He was a member of the Navy League, the Knights of Columbus, The Hibernian Club, and was involved with the New Jersey Auto Dealers Association for many years.
The family will receive friends at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ 08542 on Thursday from 10AM until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11AM. Burial will be private.
Arrangements are under the direction of the M. William Murphy Funeral Home, 935 Parkway Ave., Ewing.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, 383 West State Street, NJ 08607-1423.
Posted on 28 Jul 2014 by MFH