|Birth: ||Aug. 19, 1968|
Santa Clara County
|Death: ||Oct. 17, 1989|
Santa Cruz County
Shawn Alan McCormick died in the 1989 Loma Prieta, California earthquake that caused millions of dollars in damage to the San Francisco and Oakland Bay Area. The earthquake also caused major damage to the beach community of Santa Cruz, California. This is where Shawn worked and lived. As the earthquake tremors were felt, people were running from the Pacific Garden Mall where Shawn was working at a store called The Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Company. The story goes, as he and his girlfriend, Brittany Manriques, were running out of the building, a wall fell pinning them underneath. Shawn was killed instantly, as far as we know. His girlfriend was taken to the hospital and later released with minor injuries. Shawn was one of the three people killed in the disaster. One of the other people killed was his boss, Robin Ortiz, the upper story fell on her. There was also an elderly woman that was killed in the same mall. Her name was Catherine Treiman.
Shawn was my nephew and the only son of my brother, Roy B. and Ethel McCormick, divorced at the time of the accident. I was living in Lynn Haven, FL at the time. My Mother lived with my family and I. As I came in from work on that terrible day I found my Mother sitting in her room crying and she informed me of the tragedy. Shawn and my son, Brian McCormick, were good friends. This dealt him and all of the family a blow that will always be in our minds. Shawn is buried in Santa Cruz, California at The Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery.
Around 1985 Shawn met a girl named Rhonda Grace Kennedy. They had a little girl that they named Amber Lynne born on January 6, 1988 in Santa Cruz. She was one year and eight months old at the time of her Fathers death. Her parents were never married.
We all miss you Shawn and you will always have a place in our hearts.
Bobby Gene McCormick
Remembering my brother, Shawn McCormick
I was downtown at the Yellow Cab CO on Walnut Ave when it hit ... My entire family contacted me very soon after it hit except my Brother Shawn McCormick ... He was an employee at the Coffee Roasting Company on Pacific Avenue ... I had asked the fire department that shared the parking lot with the Taxi Co if they knew anything regarding the Coffee Roasting Co and any employees. They then told me that two people were trapped inside the building, and at that moment I knew one of them was my brother. ... My entire family drove over to the coffee roasting building that was not standing any longer and it was there that we learned that my brother had been killed. He was 21 years young and definitely GONE TOO SOON ... We miss him and love him very much.
Terri Turner, Santa Cruz
Posted: 09/15/2009 01:13:10 PM PDT
Santa Cruz Sentinel
McCormick family remembers lost son, brother 10/17/2009
Other Santa Cruz Loma Prieta Earthquake victims.
Robin Lynn Ortiz
Roy B McCormick (1930 - 2000)
Ethel Louise Owen Harrison (1942 - 2012)
Loved by All
Oakwood Memorial Park
Santa Cruz County
Maintained by: Bobby G McCormick
Originally Created by: Kelly in CT
Record added: Oct 17, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 43192938
I met Shawn on the day he died just on the other side of the wall from him. He was a lovely person, a ray of light in my work day. A day has not gone by when I have wondered why him and not me, and held his daughter in my prayers.|
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