2006 Founder’s Award Recipients

John Shea, Edmund Shea, Jr., and Peter Shea

J.F. Shea Company

The Tradition of Hope Gala was created to honor John Shea, Edmund Shea Jr., and Peter Shea in its inaugural year. They worked together to raise over $1 million for ALS research and set the bar high for all future honorees.

They were a key part of a long-running, successful family business that was started by their grandfather, a Portland, Ore., plumbing contractor, in 1881. The J.F. Shea Company is one of the largest privately held construction and real estate companies in the United States. It was involved in such landmark construction projects as Hoover Dam and the Golden Gate and San Francisco Bay bridges.


Edmund Shea passed away in 2010.