David C. Shinney

David C. Shinney of the South End, Boston and formerly of Gloucester and Melrose, died peacefully at the age of 75 at Care Dimensions Hospice House in Lincoln on August 22, 2018. Beloved son of the late Dr. Arthur P. Shinney and Raynore (Sullivan) Shinney. He leaves behind his brother, Peter F. Shinney of Charlestown and sister, Paula S. Konevich and her husband, “Jack” of Wakefield. He is survived by his first wife, Susan McConnell Barrett of Cincinnati, OH and his former wife, Deborah Booth Swanson, preceded him in death. He is also survived by nieces and nephews, John Shinney of Marblehead, David Shinney and his wife, Marybeth of Wakefield, John Konevich of New Orleans, Susan Gilbert and her husband, Dale of Burke, VA, and Nolan Griffiths and his wife, Alison of Blackstone. He attended St. John’s Prep and graduated from Boston College Class of 1964. After a successful career in sales and real estate in Malibu, CA, he entered the restaurant business in Boulder, CO. David was a long-standing and well-known figure in the Boston restaurant scene, during its transitional years in the early 1980’s thru it’s emergence on the national scene early in this century. He was best known for his work in helping to open and then becoming the General Manager of “Grill 23 & Bar”, “Stephanie’s on Newbury” and “Azure & City Bar” at the Lenox Hotel. He also served as General Manager of the former “Bay Tower Room”, now the “State Room” and at “Davio’s” in various positions. Over the past decade, he was a consultant to restaurants all over the East Coast, including “The Colony Hotel” in Palm Beach, where he resided for a period of time.

If you wish to honor David’s memory, please consider making a donation in his name to either Boston College, Attn: Flynn Fund, Cadigan Alumni Center, 140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 or the MSPCA/Angell Memorial, 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130. David’s beloved boxer, Gustavus “Gus” Bartholomew brought him great joy!


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  1. Peter F Shinney on September 10, 2018 at 10:42 am

    RIP Dave, If Ma was right you are with her and Dad now and Paula and I will catch up with you all soon enough.Sheffield Rd.was ‘Leave It To Beaver” time for us when we were all little kids.It got a little complicated later on so I hope Ma was right and we will all be together again…See You Brother

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