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Daniel Davis O'Shea

September 7, 1965 October 10, 2017
Daniel Davis O'Shea
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Obituary for Daniel Davis O'Shea

Daniel Davis O'Shea

Daniel Davis O’Shea, age 52, was born into a large Irish family on September 7, 1965, in Livonia, Michigan, and was number five of six children.

He is survived by his wife, Lisa Griffin O’Shea and their two children, Jess and Nick. Dan and Lisa were high school sweethearts and recently celebrated twenty-four years of marriage.
Dan is also survived by his parents, Nick and Virginia O’Shea, along with his siblings and their families: Jim and Olivia O’Shea (Daniella, Siobhan), Nick and Leslie-ann O’Shea (Ashlyn, Sydney, Rylee), Judy and Seamus Maher (Sinead (Cillian), Meibh), and Brian and Karen O’Shea (Jacqi, Payj). Dan is predeceased by his sister, Eileen O’Shea.

Dan’s family also includes his mother-in-law, Helen Varos, John Griffin, deceased father-in-law, John and Tsuneko Semuchko, all who loved Danny like a son, his sister-in-law, Yvonne Dickerson (Melena Borneman, Bella Borneman) and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and nieces.

Dan grew up with many Irish traditions including Irish dancing, Gaelic football, summers spent at Feis (Irish dance competitions), and family trips to Ireland. Unlike his older siblings, Dan was happy to trade his dance shoes for soccer cleats at an early age. Thanks to Dan’s father and John Moore, a Livonia YMCA coach, the idea of team soccer was introduced and as they say, the rest is history.

Middle school years were filled with family, friends, neighborhood play, and sports. According to Dan’s brother, Nick, Dan was a key organizer of neighborhood games. While the fun was not limited to street football, there were many memories to be had in the O’Shea family pool. When the snow started to fly, the kids replaced outdoor sports with indoor tabletop hockey and kicking balls in the house. Rumor has it, Brian’s skills of goal keeper were honed as he tried to save the ball from hitting all of Mrs. O’Shea’s family pictures on the wall.

Dan, a 1983 graduate of Livonia Franklin High School, played soccer and was affectionately known as “Dapper Dan”, often giving fashion advice to his brothers for dates and job interviews. He also served as a personal alarm clock ensuring his brother got up in time for school. The value of working hard was instilled at an early age in the O’Shea home; however, Dan was driven by wanting to help others. Although not his first job, Dan would receive money from Judy by running up to the B&B. He later landed a “real job” by making pizzas alongside JR and other friends. Little did he know that his job at the local Little Caesars would prove to be a pivotal point in his life. It was there that a bubbly, outgoing, brown-eyed brunette would capture his heart and change the direction of his life forever. Lisa Griffin, known as “Griff,” worked with Dan at the pizza joint, and would later become his bride.

During their 9 years of dating, Dan and Lisa built the foundation of their relationship on fun, friendship, and family. Much of their time was spent playing soccer and hanging out with their group of friends from their teams, especially the Marauders. From this group of friends came wonderful lifelong friendships, love, and several marriages, including Dan and Lisa’s.

Dan and Lisa were married on May 29, 1993, in the presence of 450 guests, and were later blessed by the birth of their two children, Jess and Nick. Dan was an involved and supportive husband and father. Being a hands-on dad, he could often be found supporting Jess in her cheerleading endeavors while also encouraging Nick to pursue his own sport interests. Nick remembers how his dad, although passionate about soccer, gave him the green light to quit soccer to participate on the high school football team.

Dan played soccer at Schoolcraft Community College and Oakland University, where he graduated with a B.A. in Communications. Professionally, his career included making a difference for companies with his savvy marketing and information technology talents. He spent the last five years as the Director of Marketing at Valicor and was remembered by colleagues as the guy who wore many hats and would drop whatever he was doing to lend a hand to anyone.

Looking for a way to make things easier for soccer families, Dan took his IT talents and his knowledge as a player and coach to impact the lives of others. He was instrumental as an administrator by bringing the soccer community into the world of technology and social media. Always seeking to simplify and help others, Dan streamlined the registration/on-line payment processes and club communications.

Dan always answered his phone because he was being called 24/7 for all things related to cell phones and technology from everyone. He even took over from his mom the annual calendar, now in the making for 20 plus years. His family would add, that although he was brilliant with technology, Dan could barely use a screwdriver and would call upon family, friends, and YouTube for the ‘handyman’ jobs. Another often talked about memory was the way Dan would walk into a house, head straight for the fridge, and immediately make himself at home.

Dan filled our lives with love and joy and we are all better for knowing and loving this wonderful man. Dan was a clever writer, always ready and willing to take on new projects, often inserting his unique humor. Dan had a very kind heart, was compassionate, and was an exceptional role model for all who knew him.

A Poem in Memory of Uncle Dan
From Your Loving Nieces

“A Wish for a Friend” 

Wishing you a rainbow

For sunlight after showers - 

Miles and miles of Irish smiles

For golden happy hours -

Shamrocks at your doorway

For luck and laughter too,

And a host of friends that never ends

Each day your whole life through!

J.R., friends with Dan since 6th grade, always felt like he was a member of the O’Shea family, said “Dan was the glue that held everyone together from soccer to parties”.

Jim, Dan’s brother, said, “He took the chaotic stream of life and figured out how to make time for anything anyone needed. He had this way of including everyone”.

Dan’s mother-in-law, Helen Varsos, and her brother John and Taneyko, who thought of Dan as their own son, said, “He always made it happen and he was always teaching us”.

Dan’s sister-in-law and Lisa’s sister, Yvonne Dickerson, shared, “He built his family around the kitchen and they have the family that everyone wants to be around”.

Dan’s mother, Virginia O’Shea, said, “Dan was the good son”, as she chuckled reflecting on the earlier years with all her children.

Dan’s father, Nick O’Shea, said, “I never meddled in my kids’ personal relationships, but I told Dan once, if you let Lisa Griffin get away, you are crazy”.

Nick, Dan’s brother, said, “I’m one of the lucky ones. I got to spend all 52 years of his life with him.”

Brian, Dan’s brother, said, “He was my best man at my wedding. Aside from Karen, my wife, he was my best friend. He was the reason I never had to get on that Facebook shit as he kept me informed”.

Judy, Dan’s sister, said in her beautiful Irish accent, “Dan was the go to guy, he was everything to everyone, you know the way he was, he was the same to everybody”.

Nick, Dan’s son, shared, “He never tried to change me. He was the first person to support me when I wanted to quit soccer to play football.”

Jess, Dan’s daughter, said, “My dad had the best sense of humor, he loved candy and I asked him once why he was caught in my room, he said he was searching for my candy stash”.

Lisa said, “Danny was the best husband, best father, and best friend. He was always supportive of my career, but I was so grateful when he pushed me to leave work to take care of my sick father and to be there for our kids through the important high school years.”


You could be around for 20 years and never hear all the funny, sweet, and tender stories of Dan O’Shea. He was beloved by all. He loved life, his community, friends, and most of all his family.

In his last anniversary card to Lisa, Dan’s personal message, written inside was “Lisa, we have been together long enough that the early years are fuzzy and it is too easy to overlook the “normal” days as merely normal. But, the reality is, normal with you makes me excited for tomorrow. Thank you for all the amazing normal days!!! I look forward spending tomorrow with you”.

Dan, thank you for teaching us to appreciate the “normal” days and may we all be inspired by the way you lived your life!
Should friends and family desire, remembrance donations for the educational pursuits of Jess and Nick will be appreciated and can be made through:

There is a funeral visitation on Monday, October 16th from 12:00pm- 3:00pm at Lynch and Sons Funeral Home, 404 East Liberty Street, Milford, Michigan, 48381.

Following the funeral visitation, there will be a Celebration Of Life and dinner,
4:00pm-7:00pm at Edgewood Country Club, 8399 Commerce Road, Commerce, Michigan, 48382

Should friends and family desire, remembrance donations for the educational pursuits of Jess and Nick will be appreciated and can be made through:

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12:00 PM 10/16/2017 12:00:00 PM - 3:00 PM 10/16/2017 3:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States

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