Edward J. Shannon Jr., 86, a longtime resident of River Forest, died on April 25, 2021 in his Door County, Wisconsin home. Born on Feb. 27, 1935, he grew up in River Forest and graduated from Fenwick High School, where he served on student council and lettered in football and swimming. His senior year he was elected captain of the football team and went on to play football at the University of Michigan, where he served as president of his social fraternity, Phi Delta Theta. After graduating in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army for two years. Upon completing his service, he joined his father at Shannon Lumber Company and eventually took over the company until his retirement in 2012.
In 1962, he married the love of his life, Joanie Balsamo. They enjoyed spending summers and weekends in Door County, Wisconsin, and he moved there permanently after her death in 2014.
He is remembered as a caring boss and a “handshake” businessman, who had many lifelong friends, including homebuilders, Irving Park YMCA handball mates, Ephraim Yacht Club members in Door County, and the “Company A” men and their wives.
Ed is survived by his children, Edward (Jeanette), John (Isabel), Brigid Shannon and Jane (Luke) Kennedy; his grandchildren, E.J. and Declan Shannon, Quinn, Bodhi, Izzi and Jack Falco Shannon, and Barrett and Luke Kennedy; his brother-in-law Dick (Beth) Balsamo and his sister-in-law Dee Dee (Kevin) Goggin. In addition to his wife, Joan, he was preceded in death by his sisters Mary Kay (late Gerald) Moore and Patricia (late Fritz) Frazier; a sister-in-law, Donna Balsamo; and his parents, Edward J. Sr. and Kathryn Shannon.
Visitation was held on Thursday, April 25 at Conboy – Westchester Funeral Home, and a funeral Mass was celebrated the next day at St. Luke Church in River Forest. Interment was held privately.
Memorials to a charity of your choice, are appreciated.
Arrangements were handled by Peter B. Kennedy & Co. Funeral Directors.