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With deepest regret, I have just learned today of Shawn's passing. Shawn and I served together in the U. S. Coast Guard. I had just reported in summer '88 to the USCGC Chase (WHEC-718) in Boston, MA as a relatively new Chief, and Shawn was my experienced Leading Petty Officer with common sense, humor, professional ability, and a manner that just drew people to him. The perfect sailor to help my transition back aboard a ship. A wonderful shipmate to anyone who knew him.
He had supper at my family's home in Connecticut, and I remember him telling us of his intention to eventually leave the Coast Guard and seek his dream job of being a New York State Trooper. I heartily, and selfishly, tried to convince him to stay. I recall he even told us of how he had a ready-bag of material to help people alongside the road in emergencies, before he was even a Trooper. I found it amazing that he would perform this service with no consideration for any type of help he gave except a simple 'thank you.'
I was never diligent enough to keep up with him after he left the Coast Guard, to my regret. And now, loss.
Wishing this small reflection adds to the many that tell others of this great man. I have additional stories, of his good humor, that I will save for another visit or share privately.
My deepest sympathy to all of Shawn's family and friends.
CWO3, USCG Ret.
January 28, 2014