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Obituary: Martin William Shaughnessy III

Martin William Shaughnessy III

Martin William (Bill) Shaughnessy III, 65, of Honesdale, PA, died on Jan. 2, 2010 at his home, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, the former Ann M. Swiezbin. The couple married June 12, 1965 in St. Mary’s Church in Roslyn.

Born Jan. 22, 1944 in New York City, he was the son of M. William Shaughnessy of Beach Lake, PA, and Ellen Shaughnessy of Waterhill, FL, formerly of Glen Head. He was a United States Air Force veteran of Vietnam and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans. Along with his wife Ann, he owned and operated Shaughnessy Refrigeration, Inc. for 36 years.

Also surviving are his children, Brian Shaughnessy and wife Kim of Souderton, PA, Kelly Watkins and fiancée Kevin Bishop of Honesdale, William P. Shaughnessy and wife Sapna of Glenside, PA, and Maureen Kirchdoerfer and husband Justin of Fort Worth, TX; sisters Kathleen Bleier and husband Larry of Davie, FL, Ellen P. Snow and husband Todd of Hollywood, FL, and Monica Bender and husband Bill of Southport, NC; his brother Kevin Shaughnessy and wife Kate of Hillsborough, NJ; his grandchildren, John, Patrick and Amber Watkins and Lauren, Julia and Maya Shaughnessy, who were his pride, joy and the light of his life; and many nieces and nephews.

Bill will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched. He will always be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather who truly loved his family and his Lord.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 7 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Honesdale with interment St. Mary’s Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to St. John the Evangelist Parish, 414 Church St., Honesdale, PA 18431.