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She was the daughter of the late John and Etta Griner, of Millville, passed away peacefully at the Inspira Medical Center on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, surrounded by loving family members, after undergoing a operation for a fractured hip she received on Tuesday when she slipped and fell. Born in Millville, Jean was a lifelong resident and graduate of Millville High School Class of '41, where she was well known as Millville's Head Majorette.
She was the CEO of Rocap Shannon Memorial Funeral Home and had been a licensed funeral director for over 70 years. She also was the first woman to be elected coroner in the State of New Jersey and was invited to appear on Channel Six News in Philadelphia.
Mrs. Shannon was an astute business woman and was a very oriented community leader. She was a over 90 year and active member of the First United Methodist Church, a member of the Millville Woman's Club, Soroptimist Club and Past Matron of the Shekinah Chapter #82, Order of the Eastern Star. Jean was also one of the three founding mothers of the Millville Girls Softball League. She also sponsored many various sports teams and charities.
Mrs. Shannon was an extraordinary woman with movie star looks and style, but her true beauty was on the inside, she had a heart of gold and would be the first to lend a hand to anyone who needed it. She always saw the good in the people she met. She was a role model to many people.
He was the son of the late Robert “Bob” and Jean (Griner) Shannon, born in Millville, NJ on November 30th, 1956.
Tim had an infectious laugh and personality that lit up any and every room. He brought joy, light and laughter wherever he went. He was a man that made everyone feel like somebody. His laugh and personality will continue to live on for years to come. Generous, funny, caring and loving is how Tim will be remembered. Tim was a true civil servant and was active member and a beacon of light within the Millville community. Over the years, Tim volunteered to various youth programs, from the Holly City Midget Football League to the Millville Girls Softball League, and co-founder and coach of the Millville Tidal Wave. During his tenure as a girls’ softball coach, he coached in the Babe Ruth World Series, which was hosted in Millville and coached various teams into championship play. He enjoyed spending time with his wife and girls at the various softball complexes throughout the East Coast.
In addition to youth sports, he spent many years in local politics serving on the Millville City Commission, known as the “Commissioner of Fun” and as a one term Mayor. During this time, he was instrumental in the downtown development of the arts district and the resurgence of the Levoy Theatre. In addition to sports and politics, he was part of the group that had the Thunderbolt Club building, as we know it today, built. He served as Thunderbolt Club president and remained active in the club over the years. He bled orange and blue and one of his famous phrases was “once a bolt, always a bolt”. He served on various golf tournament committees, including The Bill Reese Memorial and Thunderbolt/Trout tournament, and in his early years founded the March Madness golf tournament, which raised money for our local chapter of the Special Olympics. Tim graduated with a degree in Recreation from Haywood Tech and worked as the Director of Recreation at the Recreation Center in Asheville, NC. He later obtained his Mortuary Science certification from Mercer County College. After mortuary school, Tim co-owned and worked at Rocap Shannon Memorial Funeral Home for over 30 years.
Over the years Tim also worked for QBC in Millville as a sports announcer for local high school sports including wrestling, football, basketball and softball. During his time at QBC he also hosted All Star Sports Talk, a local television program that highlighted athletes in the tri-state area. Tim was an avid golfer, although he would tell you he “wasn’t very good”. He also enjoyed watching sports, attending shows at the Levoy, partying with the best of them and spending with his family and beloved grandchildren. “Work Hard – Play Harder” was his motto and he certainly lived his life this way. Tim’s greatest pleasures were found in having fun and spending time with his family and the ones he loved.
Matthew has worked alongside Rob and Tim since obtaining his Funeral Director's License in 2013. He has provided many area funeral homes with a varying degree of business support which has helped him gain a wealth of experience in many areas of funeral service. He is licensed in New Jersey (NJ Lic. No. 5026), Pennsylvania (PA Lic. No. 000754), and Delaware (DE Lic. No. K4-0000093).
He is also a medicolegal Death Investigator for the Camden, Gloucester, and Salem Co. Medical Examiner’s Office.
Following the recent passing of Tim, Matthew is now taking on a more visible role with the Rocap Shannon Family to ensure that the business continues to serve the Millville Community just as it has for over 150 years.
Matthew has earned the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner from the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, Inc. This is noted by the CFSP acronym, and this licensed funeral director must meet or exceed defined criteria annually to continue use of this prestigious designation. A select few have distinguished themselves among their peers within the funeral service profession as they continue their education to exceed the highest standards of care. This achievement is especially notable because Matthew has voluntarily elected to participate in quality educational and service opportunities that far surpass what the funeral service licensing board in NJ requires. He has committed to a program of lifelong learning to serve you and families in your community with the level of excellence expected of a CFSP.
He is also a State of NJ Notary Public.
John is "unlicensed and not qualified to make funeral arrangements, embalm or conduct a funeral".