Bernard J. Shine of Sandwich, 90, died December 19 in Sandwich.
Known as Barney, he was the son of Bernard J. Shine Sr. and Eleanor (Lannan) Shine. His parents died before he became an adult.
The night before Thanksgiving in 1947, he met Patricia Anne White when he and some classmates from Boston College High School stopped by the Quincy-North Quincy High School dance. They fell in love and the White family welcomed him into their lives, which forever changed his life. He proposed to Ms. White overlooking Minots Ledge Light—also known as the “I Love You Light” for its 1-4-3 flash—and they were married on November 22, 1952.
Mr. Shine discovered his career path when he was hired by his business mentor, Harry Kalker, as a sales representative for Sprague Products Company, in its Newton office. His success led to a promotion requiring his family to move to “the northwest-most corner of the state” in 1969. He retired as the company president in 1984, and in the time it took him to drive from North Adams to Williamstown, he had bought a business, ending what may have been the shortest retirement in history. Shine Wire fulfilled his desire to serve the city of North Adams and the residents of Berkshire County for many years. Mr. Shine finally agreed to retire, again, allowing his son, Gregory Shine, to take over.
Mr. Shine enjoyed beaches along the East Coast from Biddeford Pool, Maine, to Hutchinson Island, Florida. His favorite spot was the Cape Cod Canal, where he found a sense of inner peace while watching every sailboat, tugboat and barge pass him by.
He leaves his daughter, Kathleen O'Brien and her husband, Neal O’Brien, of Sandwich; his son, Gregory Shine and his wife, Mary Shine, of Williamstown; six grandchildren, Lindsey O’Brien Flynn, Lannan O’Brien, Maggie Shine, Patrick Shine, Maeve Shine and Molly Shine; two great-grandchildren, Kellan Flynn and Aoife Flynn; and other family.
He was predeceased by his wife; their daughter Meredith Mary Shine; a brother, William Shine; and four sisters, Geraldine Flanagan, Lorraine White, Natalie Graham and Stephanie Durkin.
There will be a celebration of his life on Saturday, December 28, at 10 AM at Saints Patrick and Raphael Church in Williamstown.