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An artistic tribute to Elaine Shea

Tiffany Tubby, who is a 2022 master of social work candidate at Fairfield University, provided the following tribute to Elaine Shea, an Arlington leader who died last March. The poem and video are published with her permission.

Elaine Shea supporting schoolsElaine Shea supporting schools. /                                  Lauren Ledger photo

Some people knew of the late Elaine Shea as the wife of Bill Shea, a k a the unofficial mayor of Lincoln street. Some people knew her as a hard-working mother of six or as an activist for social justice and human rights.

For me, she became a motherly figure. She was there for me late at night and walked with me during dark times. She loved me and accepted me just as I was and made that known to me through her actions.

She taught me tools I could use to cope through life and she is the reason I am in graduate school about to complete my social-work degree.

I miss her dearly -- though if Elaine taught me anything, it was to use the tools already within me. For me, this was my creativity.

I am an artist and a writer. So in honor of Elaine, her favorite hymn and her beloved town- I went out onto the pavement near Robbins Farm Park and created this video. I hope Elaine would have liked it.

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