Cape Gazette

Friends and family celebrate the life of Corporal Christopher Shea

By Dan Cook | Jul 27, 2014
Photo by: Dan Cook Cpl. Christopher Shea's widow Susan prays with her children Chris and Lizzie during the celebration of life at Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery.

There were tears of sorrow, but also smiles of joy as friends and loved ones gathered at Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery July 18 to celebrate the life of Delaware State Police Cpl. Christopher Shea who was tragically killed in the line of duty 10 years ago.

Pastor Earle Baker offered words of hope and read scripture to the gathering before Shea's widow, Susan, shared memories of her life with Chris and their children Chris and Lizzie.

Gov. Jack Markell said he did not know Shea but spoke of the trooper's bravery and service to his state and country. Sen. Ernie Lopez, R-Lewes, stated that he says thank you ( for his service) to ChrisShea  each time he travels by the cemetery. Sen. Brian Pettyjohn. R-Georgetown, also offered words of praise for Shea.

Rep. Steve Smyk, R-Milton, who trained Shea at Troop 7 in Lewes, gathered the troopers and law enforcement officers in attendance behind him and called Susan up to the podium and held her hand.

"In my hand are the hearts of all those behind me and so many officers who could not be here to tell you that when all these policemen gather together, you merely need to look at them and know that Chris dwells among them," said Smyk. "In them is where Chris still stands."

Shea's father, Maurice, delivered a touching remembrance of his son, and Delaware State Police piper Scott Mauchin played "Amazing Grace" and the Marine Corps Hymn during the ceremony.



Delaware State Police Cpl. Christoper Shea's son Chris,13, looks over his father's gravestone during the Celebration of Life. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cpl. Shea's widow, Susan, speaks of her life with Chris and the wonderful father he was to their children. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Pastor Earle Baker delivered words of hope and read scripture during the celebration of life. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell speaks of Shea's service to his state. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Delaware State Trooper piper Scott Mauchin plays "Amazing Grace." (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Sen. Ernie Lopez, R-Lewes, says to Shea thank you for your service each time he passes the cemetery. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Sen. Brian Pettyjohn, R-Georgetown, gives a testament to Shea's service. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Rep. Steve Smyk, R-Milton, who taught Shea at Troop 7, speaks highly of the fallen officer and his commitment to his family and the Delaware State Police. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cpl. Shea's father, Maurice, talked about Chris the athlete, the soldier, the officer and the son. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Remembering Cpl. Chris Shea are Rep. Steve Smyk, R-Miton, left, with Cherie and Capt. Greg Nolt. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Susan Shea and Governor Jack Markell share a light moment before the celebration of life. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
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