Dennis “Denny” Arthur Shea, age 75, passed away on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the Newport Hospital. A native Newporter, he was the son of the late Dennis J. Shea and Elizabeth “Mae” (Morris) Shea.

He is survived by his wife, Arlene (Park) Shea, two daughters Karen and husband Randy Pribbernow and Christine and husband Todd Tesseo, grandchildren, Marie, Claire, Quinn, and Kiley, and several cousins.

Dennis worked at the NUWC for 31 years, retiring in 1997 to focus on his own business, D.A.S. Sound Systems. He took pride in ensuring that his clients were heard, seen, and protected.

Dennis is remembered for his dedication to his work, attention to detail, penchant for problem solving, “blues” work uniform, and quiet love of his family.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 4:00 to 7:00pm at O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring Street, Newport.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am, Thursday, January 26, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Church followed by burial at St. Columba Cemetery, Brown’s Lane in Middletown.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Building Fund or St. Vincent de Paul at St. Joseph’s Church, 5 Mann Avenue, Newport, RI 02840.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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