Philip Shea

September 07, 1961 - December 07, 2023

Philip Shea

September 07, 1961 - December 07, 2023

Obituary

Philip Daniel Shea, 62, of Sherman Oaks, California, the beloved and legendary Property Master of “The Office” passed away on December 7, 2023.

He was preceded by his parents, (Thomas) Daniel Shea and Paula Anne Niezgoda Shea. He leaves behind a brother, David Shea, and nieces and nephew Kelly Quigley (husband Adam), Kathleen Shea, and David, Patrick Shea, and three grandnephews Rory, Thomas, and Owen Quigley.

Phil grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and attended St. Angels Elementary, Fairview Park High School and Parmadale / St. Anthony’s home for boys. In his twenties, Phil was drawn to the energy and sunshine of California and moved out west. He was known for his strict vegan diet and health consciousness. He valued joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1990. He married Rachel Elizabeth Smith in Salt Lake City, Utah on 4/28/2000 -10/2003. They had an endearing love for each other to the very end. For the remainder of his days, he retained a love of Utah and those he loved and worked with him there for a short time.

Phil’s well-known outstanding career and contributions as an exceptional Property Master spanned over three decades. He was most notably known for being the Property Master for all 9 seasons of the popular TV series “The Office” that ran from 2005 to 2013, “Superstore” from 2015 – 2022 and American Auto from 2021-2023. Almost every single object utilized in “The Office” series was bought or made by Phil and had his creativity, passion, and distinct touch. Phil’s unwavering commitment to professional excellence was unparalleled. He gave full-hearted effort with laser-focused precision to everything he did. He often worked off the clock to ensure the best outcome of each show. He lived and breathed the industry and those he worked with were family to him. Phil had boundless energy, was friendly, loved to laugh, and had an incredible smile and movie-star looks but wasn’t comfortable with the limelight on him. He preferred to help others shine by working his magic in the background, to bring about the best product and outcome. His health rapidly declined in the last strike and not working was exceptionally hard for him.

Phil had an enormously generous, empathic, and compassionate heart, and always looked out for those he loved and those in need. He wasn’t afraid to tell you openly he loved you and be vulnerable. He was an extremely generous giver and did it quietly. The holidays were his favorite time of year. Each Christmas he would find unsuspecting families in need in grocery stores and Walmart and hand out cash to make their season easier and brighter. He yearned for family connection. Many families took him in as their own as they experienced his genuine love and care.

Phil will be buried in Arizona close to his prior wife and family. If you would like to share your love and experiences with Phil to be included in the burial service, please email RachelSmithHoffman@gmail.com. We honor his life and the positive impact he had on all of those who were blessed to know him.

The departure of this unique incredible soul leaves a void in our lives and hearts as well as enormous gratitude for the gift of knowing him. He is forever and profoundly loved.

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1 responses to Philip Shea

  1. Phil Shea says:

    I never met Phil, but having listened to The Office Ladies podcast since the beginning, I feel I knew him. I loved the stories about how he offered prop options to Jenna (engagement rings, etc.) on a silver tray, and how he made friends with people in Scranton, who sent menus, calendars, fridge magnets and other local swag, and how he often designed prop items himself. What I learned from Phil: Whatever you do, do it with love, creativity and passion. May we all be inspired by his example! Condolences and hugs to his fiends and family.

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