He actively showed help for all levels of Catholic education from inner-metropolis Catholic elementary schools to the Jesuit Faculty of Theology at Berkeley. He insisted most of his philanthropy stay confidential since he subscribed to the view that giving money wouldn't qualify as charity if others knew about them. He was on the training boards for Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Excessive College, both in Los Angeles, the Santa Catalina School in Monterey, California and Mayfield Senior Faculty in Pasadena.
In 2001, the UC Irvine Graduate College of Administration awarded its Lifetime Achievement Award to Mr. Shea, his brother, and his cousin for "their robust business ethics, leadership, and lengthy-time period contributions to the development, real estate, and property administration industries." In 2003, Loyola High Faculty offered him with its Cahalan Award for his excellent achievements and for staying true to the Ignatian beliefs.
Shea's remaining instant family includes his brothers Peter of Newport Seashore, and Henry of Stockton, CA and by his sisters Margaret Deneher of Newport Beach, and Mary Elizabeth Callaghan of Los Angeles, by Mary Shea, his spouse of 52 years; by six kids: 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 Seaside; and by 14 grandchildren. His daughter Maureen predeceased him in 1985.