Shay, John Philip Patrick 94, of Irvine, CA died Sunday, February 21, 2010 at his home. Born in Chicago, IL, Jack graduated from Fenwick High School in Oak Park, and later received a degree in English from St. Benedict's (now Benedictine) College in Achison, Kansas. A 70 year member of the Screen Actor's Guild, Jack gave up acting at 29 to serve his country in WWII, surviving 31 missions in Germany in a B-24 with the 491st Bombardment Group in 1943 and 1944. He then returned to acting on Stage, Screen and Television. He once lived with Robert Mitchum, and was more recently knocked out in a bar fight with Kirk Douglas in "The Last Sunset" (1961). He was trained to ride motorcycles at age 65 by Officers of the California Highway Patrol and years later attended his 60th high school reunion driving a Honda Aspencade motorcycle from Irvine, CA to Chicago. Following his 94th birthday last year, he continued his workouts 3 times a week at the 24 Hour Fitness in Tustin with a loyal group of friends. He also met weekly for lunch with retired and active duty Officers of the Santa Ana CHP office. To say he will be missed, redefines the word. Services are set for viewing on Sunday, 2/28/10 from 5 to 8 pm at FDA Pierce Brother's Mortuary at 2425 W. Lincoln in Anaheim. Mass at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, 3/1/10 at St John Neumann Catholic Church at 5101 Alton Parkway in Irvine. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the John Shay Scholarship Fund, Benedictine College, Achison, Kansas, or The Motion Picture and Television Fund in Los Angeles, CA.
SHAY, John Philip Patrick
Born: 7/21/1915, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 2/21/2010, Irvine, California, U.S.A.
John Shay's westerns - actor:
Bad Men of the Hills - 1942 (Marshal Dave Upjohn)
The Valley of Vanishing Men - 1942 (Mullins henchman)
Law of the Northwest - 1943 (Mayo)
Angel and the Badman - 1947 (gambler)
Jefferson Drum (TV) - 1958 (Will Shenandoah)
The Last Sunset - 1961 (Bowman)