From early in his career, Peter was most comfortable in khaki pants, a blue collared button down, and boots muddy from a J.F. Shea Co. heavy construction or Shea Homes building site. The J.F. Shea Co., Inc., renowned for its work on the Golden Gate Bridge, Hoover Dam, and Interstate Highway System, has been a leader in the heavy construction industry in the United States for over a century.
A relentlessly hard worker, Peter grew up around the family business’s construction sites, spending his childhood, adolescent, and college summers on dam and tunnel projects in the Western United States and working as ‘chucktender’ and miner on several tunnel projects. In 1961 he joined his cousin John Shea and brother Edmund Jr. as co-owner of the newly dissolved and reincorporated J.F. Shea Co., serving as the company’s Vice President. He later served as President of its heavy construction subsidiary, J.F. Shea Construction.
Peter led every Shea heavy construction project since 1960, and he left his mark on the industry through the innovations and improvements that the company achieved under his leadership. Alongside John and Edmund, Peter helped expand the Shea organization to include not only heavy construction but also one of the nation’s largest privately held home building and real estate development companies, Shea Homes and Shea Properties.
Peter truly was a building industry legend and he lives on in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.