October 4, 1942 ~ March 15, 2019

Born in: Tuxedo, New York
Resided in: Broomfield, Colorado

Pete passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family following a long, valiant battle with cancer for over 20 years. As well as traditional medicine, Pete championed health, nutrition and exercise. Pete was blessed by the love and support of his wife Carol, his 4 children and their spouses and 5 grandchildren. Pete and Carol met in High School and, after graduating from college, were married on June 12, 1965. They were married for 54 years. Pete was also a man of deep spiritual faith, a devout Catholic, accomplished athlete and scholar, dedicated researcher and published author in the health care arena.
Pete was born in Tuxedo Park, New York. He is the son of the late Edward and Emily Shaughnessy. He spent his early childhood years in several locations in New York State, graduating from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Rochester, NY. While there, Pete captained the football and track teams, was Class President, editor of the Maroon and White News Paper, and named Man of the Year. He graduated with honors and athletic scholarships to several colleges.

Pete chose Boston College, where he excelled on and off the football field, consistently making the Dean’s List and maintaining his varsity starting positions on the field. “Speedy Pete” was a strong half back and right corner defense player for the BC Eagles. As quoted from Coach Park, “Pete does the job 100% and is one of the finest gentleman athletes I’ve had the pleasure of coaching.” During locker room interviews his teammates agreed, “Pound for pound Pete is one the toughest ball players in the club.” An article published in The Heights noted that “Practically everything that can be said of Pete is that he’s a true gentleman athlete and scholar.” He was elected to the Order of the Cross and Crown, the highest honor at Boston College.

After earning his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Pete went on to earn a PH.D. in Mathematical Statistics from Catholic University. He also served his country as a commissioned officer in the US Public Health Service Commissioned Officer Corps.

Pete’s professional career focused on health services research. He worked in university, government, and private research organizations. In 1976, he was largely responsible for the establishment of the Center for Health Services Research at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Pete was the center’s director for nearly 30 years until his retirement. His chief research and graduate level teaching interests were in health services research, health policy formation, post-acute care, long-term care, and home health care. He published extensively in these and other areas. He believed strongly in interdisciplinary teams conducting large-scale national studies to shape the development of sound public policy, and these attributes were evident in all his work. In home health care, he led a major national program to develop measures of patient outcomes and test ways in which home health agencies could effectively use the information in their quality improvement programs. Many of the findings were incorporated by Medicare and are now used by Medicare-certified home health agencies nationally.

As a devoted father, Pete participated in and supported his children’s academic and athletic pursuits including coaching youth soccer and basketball teams. Family was his top priority taking them on weekend adventures including mountain hiking, exploring ghost towns, snow skiing and camping. The family also enjoyed annual trips to Lake Powell for boating, fishing and water-skiing. He was adept at creative storytelling engaging his four children in searches for elephants in Evergreen while Carol was busy preparing dinner.

Pete was passionate about his spiritual life, his devotion to Jesus, the Blessed Mother and the rosary. He was a Spiritual Director, and a Contemplative. He participated in both spiritual and cancer support groups for many years. Family, friends and medical professionals were deeply influenced by his profound Faith expressed as optimism, genuine compassion for others and his ever-present endearing sense of humor. He made us laugh.

Pete is survived by his wife, Carol Shaughnessy; his daughters, Lisa Shaughnessy, Deborah Alexander and husband Eric; his sons, Eric Shaughnessy, David Shaughnessy and wife Beth; five grandchildren, Gabrielle, Riley, Finley, Quinn and Brooke; his brother, Dan Shaughnessy and wife Judy; and his sister, Patricia Harvey and husband, Patrick; as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 5:30-7pm. In keeping with Pete’s devotion, a rosary will be said at 7 PM, both at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 7577 West 80th Avenue, Arvada.

Funeral Mass will be Friday, March 22, 2019, 10am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 715 Cabrini Dr, Lafayette followed by a luncheon reception in Nuoci Hall. Entombment will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Pete’s honor to a charity of your choice.

Please share your memories of Pete and condolences with his family by signing the guestbook below.


Visitation: March 21, 2019 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Horan & McConaty - Northwest/Arvada
7577 W. 80th Ave.
Arvada, CO 80003

Recitation of the Rosary : March 21, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Horan & McConaty - Northwest/Arvada
7577 W. 80th Ave.
Arvada, CO 80003

Funeral Mass: March 22, 2019 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
715 Cabrini Drive
Lafayette, CO 80026

(303) 665-5103

Reception: March 22, 2019 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
715 Cabrini Drive
Lafayette, CO 80026

(303) 665-5103

Entombment: March 22, 2019 2:00 pm

Mount Olivet Cemetery
12801 W. 44th Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

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  1. Pete always treated me with kindness. I will always remember the several deep talks we had about our faith and the lunches that Lisa, baby Gabby, baby Elijah and I would have with you in Denver.
    Love in Christ,
    Stephanie Servold

  2. My deepest sympathy to the family. May the memories of Pete remain in your heart. He will be looking down on you from above.

  3. A special memory for me was sitting with Pete and Carol and enjoying a “spiritual” conversation. Pete listened as I shared a few life threatening experiences and what came from them. He seemed to understand it all. A kind and caring soul. I was honored to have shared with him and to receive his input and thoughts. Rest in the peace and love of our Lord, dear Pete.

  4. To Carol and family, my sympathies for the loss of Pete. May your love for each other and the love of Christ support you through this time of sadness.

  5. Our heartfelt sympathy to Carol and family. We will never forget your kindness. May the heaviness of your hearts be lifted as you reflect on the beautiful, joyful and spiritual life you shared.

  6. My deepest, heartfelt condolences to this family who was truely blessed to have had such a man of honor and integrity to look up to. His presence will continue to bless all who knew him.

  7. Rest In Peace Pete. May the comfort of Christ be with the entire family during this season of loss. Much love and prayers for the Shaughnessy family.
    In His love
    Jackie Foster

  8. Thank you Pete, for bringing Lisa into our lives. Your devotion to the Lord and your love for laughter live on in her. Thank you also for your incredible contributions to the healthcare industry. Rest In Peace Pete. Your work here is done. Blessings to all of you.

  9. I extend my deepest condolences to the Shaunessy family. I was privileged to work with Pete for several years at the Center for Health Services Research. He taught me to always strive for the highest quality work at the office but to not sweat the small stuff in life. He was a kind soul and a wonderful mentor. I hope you are able to find peace at this very difficult time.

  10. Dear Carol & Family,
    Jean and I are saddened to learn of Pete’s passing.As a college roommate and long time friend of Pete,I admired not only his academic and athletic achievements,but most importantly his spiritual faith coupled with his ability to discern and commit to always doing the right thing.I’ll miss our long distance phone conversations.
    Kevin & Jean Kissane

  11. Pete has always been a clam and welcoming presence in our lives and gave truth to virtue, reason, and love. His decency is beyond exceedingly rare.

    Matt & Amber

  12. Our hearts are full of love for Uncle Pete. He was a ray of light to us all, and so he shall be forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with all our family. We send our sincere prayers for peace and comfort. Uncle Pete’s legacy to make this world a better place certainly lives on. Let us all celebrate his amazing life and be thankful for the strong, loving family we have. Hugs, prayers, and lots of love to all of you!
    Lots of Love, Diane and Matt Theby and Family

  13. Cousin Pete and all of his family and friends are in all of our hearts. We may be far away geographically but please know that we are with you in spirit as you celebrate the life of such an extraordinary person. We will be sending more thoughts and memories soon. With love from Pete’s DiClementine cousins in California: JoAnn & Paul Severson, Rosemary DiClementine, Jackie DiClementine, Diane & Morris Erickson, Peter DiClementine and Donna DiClementine

  14. I know your dad was a fighter and tried all his options to be here with loved ones. So sorry to hear of his passing and will keep you all in prayer and light.

  15. A favorite memory of mine with Uncle Pete, was the backyard picnic get togethers at Uncle Pete and Aunt Carol’s house in VA. Uncle Pete and Dad shared “grilling duties”, Aunt Carol and Mom had ”salads duties”, and the kids had “playing in the yard duties”. Then we all gathered together at the picnic table and ate grilled bar -b – que chicken and different salads until we almost burst!

    Our love, thoughts, deepest condolences, and prayers go to Aunt Carol, Lisa, Debbie, David, and Eric and your families! Uncle Pete will be genuinely missed by all that knew and loved him!????????

    With love and sadness,
    Elaine and John Whitehurst and Family

  16. Pete and Carol have been our neighbors for almost eight years. After reading Pete’s obituary, it came to me that he was the same person throughout his wonderful life. Pete’s courage in fighting many different cancers was supported by his strong faith. He was kind, thoughtful and a real gentle person. He will be missed but remembered fondly

  17. Rest In Peace, Pete. Sending my love, support and condolences to Carol, Debbie and the entire family for the loss of Pete. I’m so thankful that I got a chance to meet him. He is a remarkable man that will be missed by so many. Like my own father who passed years ago, he was a complete role model and fighter to the end. To his sons & daughters – when that ‘bell’ rings in the morning to start each day moving forward, live in his honor.

    Deb – here’s to the “elite men”…

    Lots of love,
    Christopher Michael Motier

  18. Carol – so sorry to hear of Pete’s passing. It sounds like he had quite a battle over the years. I always knew he was an impressive guy but reading so much about him – he was truly amazing. I hope your wonderful memories will help sustain you thru these difficult times. Will keep you, and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
    Your cousin, Kathy White-Ryan

  19. Memories of wonderful times with Cousin Pete are flooding my heart these days! He was such an amazing person – as a kid and as an adult! With love and prayers for all the Shaughnessy family and friends.
    JoAnn Magere Nielson ????

  20. Carol- We were very sorry to hear about Pete’s passing. We have so enjoyed hearing from you and Pete each year and keeping up with the news in your family. Pete was a great example to all his cousins when we were growing up. His academic and athletic accomplishments were a high bar for all of us Syracuse-Shaughnessys. He will be missed by everyone. Love to you and your family.

    Ted Shaughnessy

  21. I was a high school classmate of Pete’s in the 1950’s and was sad to read today in the alumni magazine that he had died. I have many fond memories of Pete from nearly sixty years ago. He had a lot of my respect at that time as an outstanding high student athlete, scholar and leader, as well as a true gentleman. I was very pleased, but not at all surprised, to read in the obituary that Pete had indeed had a remarkable and fulfilling career after high school as a college athlete, and later as a scientific researcher, educator, health care expert, husband and parent. I feel very privileged to have known him, but for a brief time, many years ago.

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