Shawn Patrick Celley

March 30, 1969 ~ July 17, 2020 (age 51)

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PEABODY - Mr. Shawn P. Celley, 51 of Peabody, formerly of Danvers, passed away Friday, July 17, 2020 at Salem Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Lynn, he was the beloved son of Neal and Gail (Shrayer) Celley. He was raised and educated in Danvers and was a graduate of Danvers High School where he was a member of the Track and Field team and earned his varsity letter in Track.

A longtime resident of the Town of Danvers, Shawn was athletically inclined most of his life, he continued his achievements on the field with the Special Olympics, earning many gold, silver and bronze medals. He was very proud of his accomplishments and truly enjoyed the kinship, support and camaraderie of his fellow team members. He loved to play soccer and basketball and couldn’t wait to go fresh water fishing with his grandmother on the Ipswich River.

Devoted to his family, he was a loving son, brother and uncle. He treasured the times he spent with them being involved in many family activities. Shawn was easy going and always ready to help and pitch in no matter the task. He had a bright smile and easy-going personality that endeared him to many. He will be fondly remembered for his love of family, his zest for life and deeply missed by his loving family, extended family who resided with him at his group home and his many friends.

Surviving Shawn, in addition to his parents, Neal and Gail Celley of Danvers, is his brother, Neal Celley III of Middleton, his niece, Meagan Celley and his nephew, Justin Celley.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to visiting hours which will be held in the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St. (Rte. 62) Danvers on Wednesday, July 22nd from 9 to 11 A.M. All other services are private. Expressions of sympathy may be made in Shawn’s memory to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Ave, Waltham, MA 02451 or to the Special Olympics of Massachusetts, 512 Forest St., Marlborough, MA 01752. All attendees are required to wear face coverings and practice social distancing. Sharing written remembrances and condolences, during this time will be essential in helping Shawn’s family reminisce, celebrate and heal. We encourage you to share your memories by visiting his eternal tribute at

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July 22, 2020

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
The Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home
167 Maple Street
Danvers, MA 01923


Special Olympics of Massachusetts
512 Forest Street, Marlborough MA 01752

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