Shannon Forde

Obituary of Shannon Ann Forde

Forde, Shannon Ann (Dalton), 44, of Little Ferry passed on March 4th, 2016 after a long hard fought battle with cancer. She is survived by her loving, adoring husband John Anthony, the apple of her eye, son Nicholas James and her beautiful princess, daughter Kendall Jayde. She is also survived by her devoted, loving parents Deborah and Michael Dalton of Little Ferry. Her treasured sister Alicia and her husband Philip Reilly. Her cherished nieces & nephews, Goddaughter Felicia Spinella, Samantha Spinella, Godson Evan Latrella & Jeremy Latrella. Her incredibly special in laws Mary & John Forde of Co Mayo Ireland. Also in Ireland are her loving brothers & sisters in law Padraig & Angela Forde. Martin & Maureen Forde. Willie Forde. Mags & Des Flanagan. Donal Forde. Kieran Forde. Martina & Kenneth Lavalle. Nicola & Gerry Walsh. Deirdre & James Cawe. Richard & Michelle Forde. Majella Forde. Assumpta Forde and 25 adoring nieces & nephews. She is also survived by many other loving family members, a lot of admiring co-workers & colleagues, most notably her boss & best friend of 22+ years, Jay Horwitz, and numerous adoring friends, especially her lifelong friends, "the Dirty Dozen." After graduating RPHS in 1989, Shannon graduated from St John's University in 1994 with dual degrees, one in Phycology, one in Sports Management. She took an internship with the New York Mets and she stayed with her beloved team for more than 22 years, where she worked her way from intern to Senior Director of Media Relations. The Mets were her 2nd family and Citi Field was her 2nd home, where she was blessed to find two wonderful, supportive owners in Fred & Jeff Wilpon and a collection of 20+ year friendships with such wonderful people. Shannon was a pioneer for woman in Major League Baseball and her career highlights include winning 2 N.L. Championships with the Mets in 2000/2015 and being the 1st Woman inducted into the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame. Shannon was an active parishioner at St Margaret's of Cortona Church in Little Ferry. She was also an incredibly talented and creative class mother the past four years in both of her children's classrooms. She was very passionate about doing her annual October Breast Cancer Walk to raise money for awareness and help for others. She loved to travel, anywhere, mainly to watch baseball games or visit her family in Ireland, but especially to experience different parts of the world/country for herself, her children, her family. She loved her husband. Loved her kids. Loved her family. Loved her Mets. Loved her job. Loved her Mets Family. Loved her friends. Loved NASCAR and Tony Stewart. Loved Tim McGraw more than words could express. She loved life. Funeral mass will be offered on Wednesday 10:30 am at Saint Francis RC Church 114 Mount Vernon Street, Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660. The family will have a public memorial service at Citi Field, 123-01 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing, NY 11368 on Wednesday at 3pm. In lieu of flowers we are asking you make a donation to the Daniel P Ryan Foundation to help John, Nicholas and Kendall's future. Please send checks to: Daniel P. Ryan Foundation PO Box 3145 Point Pleasant, NJ 08742 or you can donate online at Arrangements entrusted to Vorhees Ingwesen Funeral Home, 59 Main Street, Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660.
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