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John K. Shay U.S. Army Air Corps WWII
John K. Shay U.S. Army Air Corps WWII


 
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Date of Birth: 6/4/1925
Died On: 4/19/2007
Street Address: 46 Oakland Gardens
Service Number: 42041411
Branch of Service: U.S. Army Air Corps-WWII

Veteran Code: USAAC-149


BIOGRAPHY
 
John K. Shay was born in New York in 1925. In Rye his family lived at 46 Oakland Gardens. John was a Rye High School Graduate, Class of 1944. He enlisted and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

John Jack Kenneth Shay served in the Army Air Corps for three years, spending time in China and India and flying missions over the China-India-Burma hump. Rye High School Graduate, class of 1944

John ''Jack'' Kenneth Shay, 81, of Shady Side and previously of Falls Church, Va., died of natural causes April 19 in Venice, Fla. Born June 4, 1925, in Port Chester, N.Y., Mr. Shay graduated from Rye High School and attended Clarkson College in Omaha, Neb. He served in the Army Air Corps for three years, spending time in China and India and flying missions over the China-India-Burma ''hump.'' He retired after working 39 years for Travelers Insurance Co. Mr. Shay volunteered at the National Gallery of Art in the educational division in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was as enthusiastic about Renaissance painters as he was about the Washington Redskins. In retirement he enjoyed spending time cruising in his convertible, swimming at the county swim center on Riva Road and visiting bookstores and other retail establishments. He loved people, the lifestyle and especially the waitresses of South County, his family said. On June 29, 1948, he married Anita A. DiFlorio, who died in 1996. Surviving are two sons, Michael J. Shay of Churchton and Timothy Shay of Shady Side; one daughter, Barbara Shay Pignotti of Venice, Fla.; one brother, Jame Shay of Richardson, Texas; and three grandchildren. A celebration of his life will be held at a date to be determined by the family. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a hospice of your choice.
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