The New York State Association of School Business Officials awarded a $1,000 scholarship in O'Shea's name at last year's Bethlehem Central High School awards evening. The scholarship went to a graduating senior who planned to pursue a degree in business, finance or education.
According to the award description, O'Shea's peers across the state did this to recognize him as a member of their organization "who exemplifies honor, commitment and dedication," in their profession.
District officials said the Bethlehem Board of Education will decide on who will take over the helm of the district's business office in the coming weeks. In the meantime, its operations will remain under new school business administrator and former town comptroller Judi Kehoe and with the assistance of a retired school business official.
"He will be dearly and wholeheartedly missed" by the survivors he leaves behind, his family wrote in a tribute. "We would also like to thank more than words can say for the care and support given Steve and us by the staff at Ellis ICU 1 and from Albany County Hospice."
Survivors include his wife, Paula O'Shea; a son, Shawn (Heather French) O'Shea, a daughter, Tamara (Matthew) Hanzalik; three grandchildren, Connor O'Shea, Aiden and Liam Hanzalik; eight brothers, Charles (Claudia), Robert (Sue), Bruce (Betty), Gerald (Kelly), Clarence (Adair), Marvin (Janet), Brian (Maria) and Robin (Shelly); two sisters, Dorothy (Robert) Powers and Linda (Tyge) Clyde; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. O'Shea's daughter, Shelly Ann O'Shea, died before him.
Arrangements were by the Catricala Funeral Home Inc., in Clifton Park, and a funeral Mass was held Monday, Oct. 27, at the St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Scotia. Burial was in St. Anthony's Cemetery in Glenville.
Contributions in O'Shea's name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Albany 12211, or the Community Hospice of Albany County, 445 New Karner Road, Albany 12205.""