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“Donna and entire Shaughnessy Family,Brian was such a wonderful person, always a smile and a laugh. We were all blessed to have known him. Our...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Pam Feeley - Milford, MA - Friend

“I don't believe that God put a kinder and gentler soul on this earth.Brian simply had those qualities.My sincere condolences to Donna and the entire...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Ernie Rogers - waltham, MA

“During these times even God needs to smile, so Brian was called to make God smile. ”
3 of 13 | Posted by: Don Wade - Cumberland, RI

“Dear Donna and family Glen and I are truly heartbroken to hear of the passing of Brian. He was an icon of the street we loved seeing him in the...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Mary bachini - Davenport, FL

“Donna and family, It has been many years but remember Brian fondly from our days at St. Josephand Waltham High visits to his variety store. Hoping...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Mary (Furdon) Baker - Waltham, MA

“Doris, Donna and family of the Shaughnessy's,I so sorry to hear about Brian's passing. My Dad and Mom were neighbors of Doris and Donna and Brian...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Lisa Taddeo - Waltham, MA

“To the Shaughnessy & Wade familiesSad to learn of Brian's passing, our thoughts are with youKevin & Kathy Robichaud ”
7 of 13 | Posted by: Kevin Robichaud - Waltham, MA

“Very sorry for you loss ”
8 of 13 | Posted by: MaryKate Shaughnessy-O'Brien - MA

“Dear Donna, Mrs. Shaughnessy, Marybeth, and the entire Shaughnessy Family, My late father John and I were beneficiaries of Brian's kindness as next...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: David DeMarco - Waltham, MA

“I bought my first motorcycle in 2002 brian bought one a short time later. He said you need to have a riding buddy. What a great cousin and friend. We...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: PAUL SUTHERLAND - Watertown, MA

“I bought my first motorcycle in 2002 brian bought one a short later. He said you need to have a riding buddy. What a great cousin and friend. We will...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: PAUL SUTHERLAND - Watertown, MA

“I remember Brian mostly from St. Joseph's where we were classmates. Our families were tied closely because of the wonderful friendship that our...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Sharyn (O'Leary) Sweeney - FL

“Brian, You left us so suddenly we didn't even get a chance to say good-bye. Thank you for being such a good friend and for leaving me with so many...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Marian Carpentino - Waltham, MA


Brian M. Shaughnessy, of Davenport, Florida, formerly of Waltham and Burlington, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 in his home. He was 67 years old.

Brian was born in Saint Elizabeth's Hospital on March 10, 1953, the son of Doris M. (Sutherland) Shaughnessy of Waltham and Marshfield and the late Paul V. Shaughnessy, Esq. He was raised and educated in Waltham where he attended Saint Joseph's school and graduated Waltham High School, class of 1972. Before his retirement he was a foreman at the Boston Herald for many years and was also the former owner/operator of Quick Stop Variety on Main Street. Brian was a gentleman who adored his family; he was the type of husband, son, brother, uncle and friend that could be counted upon to help in any way. Retirement afforded he and his wife, Donna, the opportunity to move to Florida where they created many happy memories.

Brian was a smart conversationalist on so many topics, especially the Boston sports teams, but he mostly loved spending time with his soulmate Donna. He loved Italian food, specifically Chateau meatballs and his favorite creation, his chicken cacciatore dinner. He was generous to a fault and always had an open door for friends and family to take a fun vacation break in sunny Florida and to experience the magic of Disney. Brian loved boating, skiing, riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and most recently his golf cart. Brian had an excellent spirit, a quick wit and always had a joke ready to tell. He was a kind, caring and thoughtful person. He was a bright light in many lives and will be missed by all who knew him.

He leaves his wife, Donna Wade, of Davenport, Florida; his mother, Doris M. (Sutherland) Shaughnessy of Waltham and Marshfield; his siblings, Patricia M. Whalen of Framingham, Paul V. Shaughnessy, Jr. (JoAnn) of Norwood, Robert J. Shaughnessy (Judith) of Marshfield, Richard J. Shaughnessy (Stephanie) of Hull, Andrea J. Elliott (Richard) of Rockland, Janet M. Nelson (George) of Waltham and Marybeth D. Newell (John) of Waltham, his mother-in-law Evelyn Wade (late Robert E.) of Burlington, his sisters and brothers-in law, Patrick Farrell of Latham, New York, Robert Wade (Susan) of Richland, Washington, Douglas Wade (Karyn) of Stoughton, Matthew Wade (Nancy) of Foxboro and Tracey Wade of Burlington, and twenty-five nieces and nephews.

Brian was also the uncle to the late David J. Wade of Stoughton.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Mary's Church, 133 School Street, Waltham. Those who would like to view the Mass remotely may do so by clicking the following link on Saturday morning: https://my.gather.app/remember/brian-shaughnessy

Memorial donations may be made to Tunnels to Towers or Wounded Warriors Project.

A Mass to celebrate Brian's life and burial at Mount Feake Cemetery will take place at a later date.
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Tuesday, December 22, 2020 – a note from the funeral home pursuant to Governor Baker's recent order:

During times of uncertainty and crisis one might wonder what to do at the loss of a loved one or how to show support to a friend given the limitations that the pandemic continues to present.

Telephone your friend to offer words of love, support and a verbal hug, drop something delicious by the house, leave a condolence on the funeral home website, make a donation to their favored charity, send a card or flowers or have a Mass said, remain in touch, and above all else . . . say prayers for the deceased and their family and the world during this difficult and unprecedented time.

These simple gifts of sympathy and charity are more valuable than you will ever know.
When public wakes are held capacity limits mean that your visit to the venue where they are held should be brief to allow other guests time to say hello to the family. Only members of the immediate family remain present throughout.

It goes without saying that people who have lost someone are especially sensitive and understanding to the concerns that some of their own family members and friends may have about visiting any public places right now. If this does not feel like the right time for you to venture out please don't.

Space limitations also mean that funeral services inside the funeral home and in many places of worship will also be private. Most services, at the family's request, will also be live streamed and recorded for future viewing. The link to access the channel is found at the bottom of the obituary notice online.

Cemetery services are included in the current outdoor gathering limit of twenty-five people.

During any events, public or private, common sense precautions prevail. That includes masks covering your nose and mouth, staying with your household group throughout the services and keeping a sensible distance.

Thank you . . . again . . . for your patience and understanding.