James Canty O’Shaughnessy – Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army

James Canty O'Shaughnessy, 47, executive director of planning and construction for the Stafford County public school system and a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, died December 2, 2003, at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Virginia, after a heart attack.

Colonel O'Shaughnessy, a resident of Stafford, was born in Morris, Illinois, and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1978. He received a master's degree in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He served in the Army for 20 years, which included duty with the 3rd Infantry Division Artillery in Germany and the Army Recruiting Command in Peoria, Illinois.

After earning his master's degree, he was assigned to the Army Nuclear and Chemical Agency at Fort Belvoir and then to the Defense Special Weapons Agency in Alexandria, where he was a defense nuclear weapons effects officer.

In 1999, the year after he retired from active military duty, he joined the Stafford County school system as a construction planner. Among the projects he oversaw were the North Stafford High School renovations and addition project and the conversion of the old Gayle Middle School to the Stafford Head Start facility.

In November, after about five months as acting director of planning and construction, he was named director of the division.

Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Christine O'Shaughnessy, and their four children, James, Brian, Eileen and Erin O'Shaughnessy, all of Stafford; his mother, Alice C. O'Shaughnessy of Akron, Ohio; three sisters; and a brother.


Suddenly on Tuesday, December 2, 2003. Beloved husband of Christine and father of James, Brian, Eileen and Erin O'Shaughnessy of Stafford, Virginia.

A native of Morris, Illinois, he is survived by his mother, Alice C. O'Shaughnessy of Akron, Ohio; sisters, Alice Hoekstra of Lansing, Illinois, Ann O'Connor of Mesa, Arizona and Jean White of Akron, Ohio; brother, Lieutenant Colonel Thomas O'Shaughnessy of Arlington, Virginia; aunt, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, December 19, 2003, 11 a.m. at St. William of York Catholic Church in Stafford, Virginia. Interment will be Friday, December 19, 2 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, donations be made to Stafford County Head Start, 610 Gayle St, Frederickburg, Virginia 22405.

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