During Shea’s life, he was able to touch the lives of so many people. One of the last ways he described himself was as an empath. An empath is someone who is able to truly understand what another person is experiencing and even, at times, share the feelings they are experiencing as well. Shea was known with friends and family to be someone who always cared and supported the people around him, making him someone they could always depend on. Knowing how often Shea touched the lives of others, we wanted to continue to carry on this sentiment by helping those with similar aspirations to his own.
As most already know, Shea loved music. He was excellent at learning a new instrument or song. His passion was clear from the first time he tried the piano, but music was not his only passion. Shea loved to travel, and grabbed onto every opportunity he could to explore the world. By the age of 16, Shea managed to travel to Spain, Monaco, France, Italy, China, Anguilla, St. Martin, Canada, Puerto Rico, and so many other areas of the world. He traveled to places that most people hope to get to in their lifetime.
This memorial fund is intended to provide scholarships and funds to aspiring young musicians and travelers. We hope that in doing this, Shea will be able to continue to support others and touch the lives of many more.
Meet Tianna! She is the first recipient of the Kids of Summer Music Scholarship in honor of Shea!
On March 13th of 2020, The Forman School where Shea attended as a Junior, began working in the music studio to create a song. Shea began working on the piano part of the music, but did not finish before the accident. Tracy Walton brought in Lee Anne Lovelace for vx, Kris Jenson for saxophone, and Glen Nelson to play organ. Each one of them gladly donated their time to finish "Lucille" by Little Richard in collaboration with Shea's part on the piano.
Brook Martinez was one of Shea's first music teachers, who continuously worked with Shea to allow him to explore his talents. Shea loved creating music with Mr. Martinez, and quickly was given the nickname of "Piano Man". On the night of Shea's 8th grade graduation Mr. Martinez made a tribute to him and his musical journey.
Shea loved the piano that our family has always had, and regularly used it whether someone was listening or not. He never used sheet music when playing the piano, and yet still managed to play so well.
It never took Shea very long to pick up a new instrument and learn a new song - and he was always trying something new. He would often play around with pieces of music in his spare time.
Your donation will allow us to financially support young, aspiring musicians as well as young travelers looking to explore the world. Click the donation button below to continue!