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Alice Shea, 85

ADAMS, Mass. —  Alice Antoinette Poirier Shea, 85, of Adams, MA died peacefully at her home, surrounded by loved ones, on Tuesday, March 14, 2023.

Alice was born in Adams on April 8, 1937, daughter of Archie A. Poirier and Florence (Molleur) Poirier. She graduated from The MacDuffie School in Springfield, MA and earned an associate's degree in commercial art from Lasell College in Newton, MA.

On February 3, 1958, Alice married Richard Vincent Shea. They were married for 53 years, up until the time of Richard’s death, on November 11, 2011. Alice is survived by her son, Daniel Christopher Shea of Adams, her daughters Jane Shea Gasper and Mary Shea Meli, both of Monument Beach, MA, and five grandchildren: Olivia, Mary, Jack, Claire, and George. She is also survived by her sister Claire Rowley of Adams, and by 19 nieces and nephews and an abundance of grand nieces and nephews.

Alice was predeceased by her sister Virginia Poirier Harvey, her brother Henry Poirier, and her nephew Craig Harvey.

Alice was a devoted wife, mother, aunt, and friend. She lived her life with passion – whether she was pursuing her love of knitting, quilting, and needlepoint, and producing countless precious gifts for her children, nieces, nephews, and friends. Whether she was riding on the back of Richard’s motorcycle – around town, up Mount Greylock, to view the foliage in Vermont, or across the country. Whether she was applying her gift for esthetics, cooking, and baking to create an oasis of welcome for all who visited her home, or whether she was working to create the most magical of Christmases for her children and grandchildren. Whether she was lying on the beach, soaking up the sun, drinking ice coffee, and reading a good book at Mashnee Village on Cape Cod. And whether she was doting on her beloved canine companions, most recently, Stella.

Rarely was Alice ever seen wearing a piece of clothing that wasn’t a shade of blue. She was a very striking looking woman – in her denim blue clothes, silver bracelets, navy blue clogs, and her long silver hair tied back in her signature style.

She was the cool Auntie and a confidante to her nieces and nephews, the cool mom to her children’s friends, a mentor to many who were eager to learn how to create their own beautiful handiwork from the master that she was, and a great source of comfort, support, and understanding to friends and family along the way who were in need and sought her wisdom.

Alice was extraordinarily generous and thoughtful, and it brought her great joy to present her handmade creations to those she loved the most. She took great pleasure in knowing that her gifts would be treasured and handed down to future generations.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Calling hours for Alice Shea will be Sunday March 19, 2023 from 3-5 PM at Trottier-Pringle Funeral Home, 6 Summer St. Adams, MA. Reception to follow at the The Manor House in Adams. Memorial donations may be made to HospiceCare in the Berkshires at To add to the Book of Memories, please visit

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Hello Dan, Jane, and Mary, Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the passing of your mom(Pinkie). Your mom always made me feel welcome in her home and she truly had a knack for making the years between past visits disappear. Ive come back to Adams many times since moving to Florida in 1979. No trip back was complete without a visit to 100 Orchard St. Pinkie always asked about my parents, grandparents, etc she welcomed my children in when they were small and ALWAYS made sure to invite us back for Sunday Brunch. Your mother was unique and will be truly missed. Remember all the great times we've had together. I am honored to have always been treated with such kindness and will miss our visits. Take care.Love, Tom
from: Tom Filiault on: 03-24-2023

Mary & Jane, I am so sorry to just learn of your moms passing. Reading this brought me right back to when I was a kid and her with her silver jewelry and denim shirt she was such a class act~ Every time I drive by 100 (I believe that is the number)Orchard Street, I look up the hill and can still see her beautiful kind face. All my love to you all.
from: Michelle Picardon: 03-21-2023

Mary- I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. I have fond memories of my many visits to 100 Orchard St. She was always welcoming, always had a smile on her face and wanted to be a part of our laughing and our jokes. She always held up her end. For so long I thought it was the two of us who retold and laughed the hardest about the time she stopped at my house to deliver a snack. Now I realize after all these years that she was the one who got the biggest kick out of her part in that whole adventure. I'm sorry for your loss.
from: Gary Bissaillonon: 03-20-2023

She was the cool mom to her children’s friends- and always beautiful, loving, with her caring voice whenever I saw her - which was usually in front of her fireplace under whatever wonderful piece she was knitting or crocheting! I send my thoughts to all of you! She’s safe with your Dad now.
from: Lisa Kittleron: 03-19-2023

Jane, Mary and Danny - We are so sorry about your mother's passing. She was my dearest and lifelong friend - even though I always had to have the best roller skates. My heart is broken at her passing. I hope your memories of her bring you comfort as mine will bring comfort to me. I loved her and will miss her terribly.
Love Auntie Hazel & Uncle Ernie
from: Hazel & Ernie Garofanoon: 03-18-2023

Oh...I loved very sorry...a stunning beauty and fabulous sense of humor...
from: MaryEllen Morrisseyon: 03-17-2023

Dan, Jane, and Mary,
The obituary write-up was a beautiful tribute to your mother. I am so sorry for your loss.
from: Cheryl Clermonton: 03-17-2023

Dan, Jane, Mary, I was saddened to hear of your mom's passing. My best to you.
from: Phil Remillardon: 03-17-2023

I am very sorry for your loss. Your mom was a great woman. We got along so well. She came into the library where I worked for 13 yrs. She was so sweet to me. I will miss her very much.
from: Lyn Wilson on: 03-17-2023

Jane-I am so very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing and I am sorry that I will be unable to attend the wake. Your Mom and I would always stop and chat with each other when she was still out and about. She was a wonderful woman and I’m sorry that you have lost her physical presence. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. ?? Beth
from: Beth Bourdonon: 03-16-2023