Resolution J3382-2013

Congratulating Alton J. Shea upon the occasion of celebrating his 100th Birthday

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  • Feb 4, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Feb 4, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jan 30, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION congratulating Alton J. Shea upon the occasion of
celebrating his 100th Birthday

WHEREAS,  It  is  the intent of this Legislative Body to commemorate and
recognize certain milestones celebrated by citizens of this great Nation
and Empire State; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and full in accord with its  long-
standing  traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to congratu-
late Alton J. Shea of Fillmore, New York, upon the occasion of celebrat-
ing his 100th Birthday; and
  WHEREAS, Alton J. Shea was born  at  home  on  January  11,  1914,  in
Winchester,  Ontario,  Canada, to Adam and Maude Shea; he attended grade
school in Ottawa, Canada; and
  WHEREAS, After graduating from high school,  Alton  J.  Shea  attended
Houghton  College  from 1932 to 1936; he then attended Biblical Seminary
in New York City before moving to Gates, New York, to  pastor  a  church
from  1937 to 1942; it was there that he met and married the love of his
life, Aileen Ortlin, on June 17, 1938; and
  WHEREAS, During the 1950s and 1960s,  Alton  J.  Shea  served  several
local area congregations as an Interim or Associate Pastor; he moved his
family  to  Wellsville in 1956 where, in addition to ministering for the
Wellsville Brookside Wesleyan Church from 1956 to 1970 and part-time  in
Alfred,  he spent 13 years broadcasting on the radio for Wellsville, New
York; and
  WHEREAS, Alton J. Shea then spent seven years in radio production  and
general  missionary  work  in Gbendembu, Sierra Leone, West Africa, with
the Wesleyan Church from 1970 to 1977; in the 1980s,  his  calling  took
him  traveling  as  an  Ambassador with his wife on church missions that
took the couple to Canada, New England, Iowa, and Florida; and
  WHEREAS, In the 1990s, Alton J. Shea was a guest minister in Franklin-
ville, Castile, Higgins, Short Tract, and Bishopville churches,  all  of
which  are  located in New York; he also served as pastor for the Oramel
United Methodist Church from 1993 to 1998; and
  WHEREAS, Alton J. Shea and his wife,  Aileen,  together  raised  three
children,  Jonathan, Eila, and Paul; they have been further blessed with
five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; and
  WHEREAS, Alton J. Shea is a proficient carpenter,  mechanic,  plumber,
and gardener; he also enjoys playing the trumpet, trombone, and autoharp
as  well  as  singing  and directing choirs; his interests include: book
binding, playing hockey, making toboggan slides, and upholstering; and
  WHEREAS, Alton J. Shea is known by his family, friends, and the commu-
nity as a faithful prayer warrior, an artist's spouse, a devoted  family
man, and a constant reader of the Bible; and
  WHEREAS,  This  beloved man has enriched the lives of those around him
through his smile, jubilance, faith in God, and  through  the  quiescent
charm and wisdom which comes only from fullness of years; and
  WHEREAS,  It is the intent of this Legislative Body to publicly recog-
nize and honor the lives of beloved citizens who have reached a  remark-
able age and who have witnessed and celebrated the innovations, cultural
developments,  and  awesome achievements of this country during the last
century; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
congratulate  Alton  J.  Shea upon the occasion of celebrating his 100th
Birthday; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Alton J. Shea.

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