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9620 3rd Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11209
Phone: (718) 238-3600
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Francis Shanley

Francis G. Shanley

Thursday, October 31st, 1929 - Thursday, April 11th, 2019
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Francis Gerard Shanley, a lifelong resident of Brooklyn who lived in Bay Ridge for most of his 89 years, first on the west side of 97th street, and then on the east, left Brooklyn and earth early the morning of April 11, 2019. Known to his nieces and nephews and most of the people they knew as “Uncle Frank,” he was a faithful communicant of St. Patrick’s parish, and a familiar sight in his beloved neighborhood. He was a New Yorker to his fingertips, and loved to walk in Manhattan and at home. In the Irish tradition, he gave a greeting to everyone he met, and stopped to enjoy a chat. It was not possible for him to walk far in Bay Ridge or to sit on one of his benches without encountering someone he knew. A literary man, one of his greatest pleasures was to take the R into Manhattan and peruse his book in the reading room of the New York Public Library. When that became impossible in later life, he still used the Bay Ridge branch library right up to his final illness. In his eighties he was still occasionally brushing up on his Greek and Latin. He was intrigued with the work of the Fathers of the Church, especially St. Augustine of Hippo. Another love of his life was the southwest, to which he took annual trips until he had to give up driving. He loved the desert. The youngest child of Mary “Mamie” Burke Shanley and John L. Shanley, and the brother of Jack, Bob, and Rita, he grew up happy, playing stoopball and other New York games. He studied briefly for the priesthood and never faltered in his faith.
He was a hat man, and his handsome face looked good in a trademark fedora, or Panama, or beret. He was also a tribal person, and attached to his family above all. He was sui generis, an old school gentleman, and rare, and we probably shall not “look upon his like again.” Before his hearing loss became severe he would read Shakespeare out loud and it seems fitting to say, with Shakespeare, “Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince; And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. ”
Francis G. Shanley will be waked at McLaughlin & Sons, Inc. funeral home across the street from his home on 97th Street, from 2-5 and 7-9 on Sunday April 14, and his mass will be at St. Patrick’s on Monday morning at 9:30, with burial to follow at St. John’s. There will then be a lunch to which all are invited. Further details on McLaughlin website.
We thank everyone at McLaughlin’s for their graciousness to him now in his death, a continuation of their graciousness to him in life.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, April 14th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    When
    Sunday, April 14th, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Location
    McLaughlin & Sons Funeral Home
    Address
    9620 - Third Avenue
    BROOKLYN, NY 11209
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  • Second Visitation

    Sunday, April 14th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Sunday, April 14th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    McLaughlin & Sons Funeral Home
    Address
    9620 - Third Avenue
    BROOKLYN, NY 11209
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  • Service

    Monday, April 15th, 2019 | 9:30am
    When
    Monday, April 15th, 2019 9:30am
    Location
    St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church
    Address
    9511 - Fourth Avenue
    BROOKLYN, NY 11029
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  • Interment

    Location
    St. John's Cemetery
    Address
    80-01 Metropolitan Avenue
    Middle Village, NY 11379
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Mary Lyons

Posted at 11:17am
Many times man lives and dies
Between his two eternities,
That of race and that of soul,
And ancient Ireland knew it all.
Whether man die in his bed
Or the rifle knocks him dead,
A brief parting from those dear
Is the worst man has to fear.
Though grave-digger's toil is long,
Sharp their spades, their muscles strong,
They but thrust their buried men
Back in the human mind again.

Under bare Ben Bulben's head
In Drumcliff churchyard Yeats is laid,
An ancestor was rector there
Long years ago; a church stands near,
By the road an ancient Cross.
No marble, no conventional phrase,
On limestone quarried near the spot
By his command these words are cut:

Cast a cold eye
On life, on death.
Horseman, pass by!


Stanzas from “Under Ben Bulben,” William Butler Yeats
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