He actively confirmed help for all ranges of Catholic schooling from inner-city Catholic elementary faculties to the Jesuit College of Theology at Berkeley. He insisted most of his philanthropy remain confidential since he subscribed to the view that giving money would not qualify as charity if others knew about them. He was on the training boards for Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Excessive Faculty, each in Los Angeles, the Santa Catalina College in Monterey, California and Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena.
In 2001, the UC Irvine Graduate Faculty of Management awarded its Lifetime Achievement Award to Mr. Shea, his brother, and his cousin for "their strong enterprise ethics, management, and lengthy-term contributions to the construction, real property, and property administration industries." In 2003, Loyola High School introduced him with its Cahalan Award for his excellent achievements and for staying true to the Ignatian beliefs.
Shea's remaining fast household includes his brothers Peter of Newport Beach, and Henry of Stockton, CA and by his sisters Margaret Deneher of Newport Seaside, and Mary Elizabeth Callaghan of Los Angeles, by Mary Shea, his wife of fifty two years; by six youngsters: Colleen Morrissey of Pacific Palisades; Edmund H. Shea III of Charlotte, NC; Mary McConnell of Pasadena; Kathleen Excessive of San Marino; Timothy T. Shea of Santa Barbara; Ellen Dietrick of Newport Beach; and by 14 grandchildren. His daughter Maureen predeceased him in 1985.