Brian O’Shea got a job with UPS during college, and never left. He worked his way up the management ranks, doing important undercover theft work up and down the East Coast.
In late 2008 he was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. He kept working through brutal chemo. In fact, he used vacation days for treatment. When his supervisor encouraged him to take disability leave, he refused. His motto: “I live for my work.”
“Brian was so proud when he signed the paperwork UPS sent in December,” his siter Sharon recalls. “He was very happy, knowing UPS would take care of his 4 children after he died. They each would receive a monthly stipend for 10 years. That would be a life-changer for them. He had total belief in UPS, and was so dedicated to them.”
Brian died February 21.
“Someone in Atlanta headquarters said that because he died 7 days before he officially retired, he was still an employee, so he was not entitled to retirement pay.”