Eight Bells: Drew Shea
Published on May 26th, 2020
William Andrew Shea, 54, of Rye, NY passed away suddenly on May 20, 2020. He was surrounded by his beloved wife of 26 years, Mimi, their two daughters, Haley and Alexa, and their son Teddy.
Drew was born in Manhasset, NY and attended Buckley Country Day and Pomfret School. He had a lifelong passion and talent for sailing and sailed competitively for his alma mater, Georgetown, where he earned his BA and JD. Until recently, Drew was the President of Friends of Georgetown Sailing for three years.
He instilled this love for sailing in all three of his children who are talented sailors in their own right. He and Mimi ran the esteemed JAYC sailing program for several years at his beloved American Yacht Club, where he was often found making memories with family and friends.
Nobody made ‘being happy’ look easier than Drew. He had a twinkle in his eye, a passion in his hugs and a deep belly laugh, interspersed with giggles, when either listening to or telling a story. These qualities were his hallmark and created a legacy of deep and enduring friendships: if you knew him, you were his friend.
Drew embodied the motto, a man for others.
His love of sports and his passion for the New York Mets in particular, was insatiable, a seed planted by his paternal grandfather whose efforts brought national league baseball back to New York and culminated in the NY Mets and Shea Stadium. His dimpled smile was never bigger than when he was with his family at a Mets game.
Drew’s drive and determination were underpinned by a tremendous intellect and curiosity. In 2015 he co-founded and built Hilltop Private Capital from the ground up, investing in it the same work ethic that had made him successful in all his previous endeavors.
He is the cherished son of Valery Moore of Rye, NY and Bill Shea of New York City, brother of Scott Shea, and uncle of Hatcher Shea of Pasadena, CA. Especially cherished by his Uncle Henry, Aunt Pam, cousins Nick, Oliver and Loren, along with the Anfuso family of Oregon. He was a devoted husband and father, and a friend to all who knew him.
A celebration of life will be held in the future. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:
Friends of Georgetown Sailing
3700 O St NW
Georgetown University Athletics
Washington, Dc 20057
Gladney Center for Adoption
6300 John Ryan Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76132