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George Michael ‘Mike’ Shannon
George Michael Shannon, formerly of Chicago, IL, and Zionsville, IN, died peacefully surrounded by his family, on January 10th 2016 in the SunCoast Hospice, Dunedin, FL. Michael was born in Beaver PA on March 23, 1938, the son of the late Frances(Binns) and George Shannon. Michael graduated from high school in 1956 and attended Bucknell University where he received a degree in chemical engineering in 1960. After graduation, he served for 2 years in the Armed Services. His first job was with General Electric and next he went to work for Waste Management. Later Michael so enjoyed being an entrepreneur that he helped form two hazardous waste deposal companies, Resources Unlimited, Inc. and then along with Dallas Schnitizeus, Greenfield Environmental Management (G.E.M.).
Michael leaves behind, to cherish his loving memory, two former wives, Jada Shannon and her son Shae and (Jennifer) Knotts and two grandchildren, and Carole Straub and her children, Sheryl (Karen) Mann, Jeff Mann, Julie Miller and Amy (Salvatore) Carrino, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. To most of the grandchildren, he was affectionately known as “Pop Pop” and he was very proud of that nickname. Michael also leaves a sister Karen (Shannon) Tafuri and her husband William Tafuri as well as two nieces, all of whom will certainly miss him.
Michael loved people and made friends easily. He was always very giving to his family and others. He was very fond of animals and always had a dog or two around his house. He enjoyed exercising and keeping in shape, but still enjoyed many gourmet foods.
A private burial and Celebration of his Life, will be held in Ohio, at a later date. Donations in Michael’s memory may be made to ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) using website, https://www.aspca.org/team/Michaels-memorial-campaign or calling 1-800-628-0028.
Published on February 15, 2016
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