Thomas G. Sheehan Highly decorated Disabled Vietnam Veteran

 

5694 SheehanThomas G. Sheehan, 71, passed away on Thursday December 24, 2015 at the Durham VA Medical Center in Durham, NC. Tom, a lifelong resident of Lowell, was currently residing in Knightdale, NC.

He was the beloved husband of Jeannette (Parent) Sheehan.

Born in Lowell on March 7, 1944, he was the son of the late Jean (Sheehan) Maguire and the late John P. “Jack” Sheehan.

Tom served with the Army during the Vietnam Conflict (1965 - 67) receiving the Bronze Star with V Device for Heroism, Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge; National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Vietnam Campaign Medal Overseas Bar. He was honorably discharged in 1967.

He was a lifetime member of The Military Order of The Purple Heart, The 25TH Infantry Association Tropic Lighting Div. 2/27 Wolfhounds, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post  #2007,  West Palm Beach, FL,  Paralyzed Veterans of America, The American Legion Post  #141, West Palm Beach, FL. and a member of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, 27TH Infantry Regiment Historical Society Inc.

A retired letter carrier, he worked in Concord, MA for over 30 years. A Member of Branch 25 of The National Association of Letter Carriers, a past Union Stuart of Concord, MA 01742, a past Board Member and Branch Treasure for 10 years having attended over 19 National Conventions around the country as a Representative for Branch 25 NALC.  An avid golfer, he was a member of Long Meadow Golf Club and a member of the U.S. Bunting and Cricket Club.

Besides his wife Jeannie, he is survived by his son, Thomas G. Sheehan Jr. and his wife, Kristine, of Raleigh, NC; a daughter Bonnie L. Grenier, of Lowell, MA; Stepchildren, Brian and Julie Muldoon of Ayer MA and Thomas and Tami Muldoon of Townsend, MA; Five sisters, Jackie Nelson of West Palm Beach, FL, Patricia Nyman and her husband, Mark  of  Port St. Lucie, FL, Karen Quinn and husband, Marty of Londonderry, NH, Susan (DeJesus) Provencher and her husband, Dave of  Port St. Lucie, FL and  Debbie Hurley and her husband, Charles of Pelham, NH. His grandchildren, Zachary and Ashly Grenier, John Thomas Sheehan and step-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Sosnowski , Kaitlyn, Patrick, Shannyn, Shane and Deven Muldoon, Jaid and Shayla Hall and numerous nieces  and nephews.

Visiting hours Wed 3 to 7 P.M. Funeral Thursday at 10:00 a.m from the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD, MA. with a Funeral Mass at 11:00 at St. John the Evangelist Church Chelmsford, MA. Tom has requested to be buried with his comrades from Vietnam (1966) at Arlington National Cemetery. For those that wish Memorials may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

 

Visitation

December 30, 2015
3-7P.M.
Dolan Funeral Home

Funeral

December 31, 2015
11:00 AM
St. John the Evangelist Church, Chelmsford, MA
  1. Tom Sheehan says:

    Dad – I miss you every day, but today especially. Happy Birthday!

  2. Stephen Stankiewicz says:

    Tom It has been a privilege and and honor to have known and worked with you. You are so loved and respected by all! Jeannie thank you for the special hug! You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Cathie Watkins says:

    Dear Bonnie, Zachary, and Ashley,
    So sorry for the loss of your Dad and Grandfather. He may be gone physically from you but he will remain forever in your hearts and thoughts. Take care of yourselves, Love, Cathie

  4. Diane and Peter Dion says:

    We were so sorry to hear of Tom’s padding. Our prayers are with the family.

  5. John perkins says:

    So sorry to hear about Tom. We were friends for many years.served with him from April 65 to Dec . 66. Him and Jennie were at our house herein WVa.a couple time and wehad plan to visit them in NC . Prayers for the family.

  6. Diane Cimino says:

    Jeannie, Bonnie, Tom Jr., Jackie, Cuzzie, Patti, Susan, Debbie and families: I can’t think of Tom without thinking of how much he was loved by his mother (my Aunt Jean). He was so precious and always made the sun shine for her. I can only imagine how they flew into each others’ arms in heaven. We loved his visits to CT, so full of fun. He fought so hard to stay with all of you as long as he could. Rest in Peace my brave cousin.

  7. Sandi Berkenfeld says:

    This is so sad to hear about Tom. My heart and Prayers are with you and the your family during this time of loss.

    Love you all,

    Sandi.

  8. Michael Carrigg says:

    To the Sheehan Family, thinking of you as you celebrate Tom’s remarkable life. I grew up on Agawam St. across form Tom. I worked with Tom at Scottie Shoe in high school. Let your memories of Tom”s life provide you with comfort during this difficult time.

  9. Beverly Sosnowski says:

    To the Sheehan Family, my deepest sympathies for your lose. Tom was a great person and a lot of fun to be around. He will be missed.

  10. Linda and Billy Duggan says:

    Our sincere condolences to all the family. We didn’t know Tom very well but we are sure he will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace and may you be comforted with your memories. Love, Linda and Billy.

  11. Leighton Gendron says:

    Karen, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  12. Billy Sheehan says:

    Very Sorry about tommys death– I have a lot of good memories growing up with tommmy & Karen & Patty in the “GROVE “, its obvious by tommys Brilliant military record that he was truly a “SACRED HEART BOY, MY CONDOLENCES TO pATTY & kAREN AND THE ENTIRE SHEEHAN FAMILY,,rest in peace tommy.——-Billy Sheehan

  13. Kathy & Richard Boucher says:

    We only knew Tom for a short while. He was a great neighbor & friend to our daughter & son- in law and a wonderful Papa to Reese! We will miss him. Keeping you in prayer Jeannie!

  14. Karen Quinn says:

    Jeannie, Bonnie and Tom,

    Please know how my heart aches for each of you. I know the past month hasn’t been easy for you. The ups and downs. One day being optimistic, the next day not so much. We all know the constant pain Tom lived with. So glad Bonnie you got to NC to be with your dad and thankful that you could tell him you loved him that last day. Thank you Tom for being there every day. It was a great help to Jeannie. I know your dad was glad to have you by his side. And Jeannie you did your best to take care of Tom. We know he could be difficult and wouldn’t go to the hospital when he should have. Always hoped to feel better the next day. I know Tom doesn’t need my prayers any more, but each of you remain in my prayers. I love all of you so much. I too will miss my brother. As you all know he was always a special part of my life. You’re pain free Tom, rest in peace and enjoy your eternal reward. I love you.

    • PATTY CURTO-NYMAN says:

      I’m in complete agreement with Karen…she put it so beautifully. I love you all and you are in my heart. I’m eternally grateful that I made the trip to NC last spring to visit my brother & Jeannie. Rest in Peace Tom!

    • Bonnie Grenier says:

      Thank you Auntie Karen!! You know we are all going to miss him so much!!!
      Love, Bonnie

    • Kerry Quinn Eckelkamp says:

      Mom, that’s beautifully said. You know when you walked in my house on Christmas morning so strong, and then Dad told me “Uncle Tom died” (as you had just found out minutes before) I fell to my knees and then we shared the strongest hug we’ve maybe ever shared. You were the best sister to him, I was broken-hearted at the loss of your brother. I love you and all my awesome Aunts, I am so sorry for your loss but I know you will help each other.

  15. Jackie Nelson says:

    I will miss you my brother. We have had many good times together and you have been a special brother to me. No more suffering Tom, may you rest in peace. Love you Jackie

    • Bonnie Grenier says:

      We are going to miss him so much. It was great to see you and to hug you in person. Please stay in touch!!
      Love, Bonnie

    • Kerry Quinn Eckelkamp says:

      Auntie Jackie you were such a huge part of Uncle Tom’s life, I am thinking of you so much and can’t wait to give you a big hug.

  16. Mary Ann Fiore says:

    Tom, Kris and family, sending our deepest sympathy for the loss of your father. Our prayers are with you at this time of grief.

  17. betty Lou Sarris says:

    My thoughts and Prayers are with Toms Family. I knew him my whole life and felt part of the Sheehan Clan. He will be missed by all that knew him and Loved him. Love you Tom. Betty Lou

  18. Jennifer Girty says:

    Our little family was blessed to meet and to have known Tom for the past 3 years. Tom was such a friendly, funny, caring, and youthful spirit. He never complained and always greeted us with a smile. I will miss hearing him say’ “Hey Sweetheart” every time I call the house. Our 2 year daughter loved him dearly. We miss you so much already Papa. Rest in Peace to your sweet soul.

    • Bonnie Grenier says:

      Thanks for such kind words Jen. I never had the pleasure of meeting little Reese, but I can honestly tell you how much my dad (and of course Jeannie) enjoyed her!! If ever I spoke to him on the phone and she was there it was wonderful to hear him so alive and happy!! He loved spending time with her!!

      • Jennifer Girty says:

        Thank you for sharing your father with us. Prayers and thoughts of peace and comfort are with you all at this time.

  19. Ruth and David Diette says:

    Tom, you’ve gone through so much the past few years and now it’s time for you to Rest In Peace.
    There will always be a special place for you in my heart…Remember…we had two beautiful children.
    Ruth and David

  20. Mary (McCue) & Bob Johnson says:

    Tommy was such a cute little tyke who grew up into a wonderful man. He was really special. Please accept our deep sympathy and love. He will be missed. May he Rest in Peace.

    Bob & Mary(McCue)Johnson

  21. Richard Avila says:

    Jackie sorry for the loss of your brother Tom , he was a great guy

  22. Maureen (Judge Thyne) Gilroy says:

    To Tom’s family, so sorry for your loss. Tom aka “Shink” was my first crush in the 8th grade, have great memories of our years at the Butler Jr. High. God Bless

  23. L Gray says:

    My condolences to the family at this very difficult time. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. May you find comfort in God’s word the Bible at Revelation 21:3,4.

  24. Kerry Quinn Eckelkamp says:

    My awesome Godfather, you always made me smile and laugh. Thanks for everything, I will truly miss you.

  25. Barbara and Gary Phillips says:

    Our deepest sympathy and prayers for the family. May he RIP. Keep the good memories flowing over the next while- it will help during this trying time.

  26. THOMAS Sheehan says:

    JEANNIE SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT Tom our prayers our with you Love Shorty & Ginger.

  27. The Kissinger Family says:

    So very sorry for your loss Dave. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  28. Heather Lundstedt Primeau says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  29. Beverly says:

    So sorry for your loss remember all the good memories

  30. Joe + Sandi Ault says:

    Peace be with you Tommy, I last saw you at your Mom’s 90th birthday. Condolences to friends,family and fellow soldiers.

  31. Laura Bourque says:

    Jeannie,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  32. Cathy Boucher says:

    Thinking of you and all your family at this time. Your Dad was an awesome guy! We love you, Norm and Cathy and Family

  33. Shanna Parent says:

    Aunt Jeannie, I am so sorry, he was a great man. May you find comfort in all of your memories together. Xoxo

  34. Kathy Clark says:

    Bonnie, I am so sorry for your loss. My sincerest sympathies to you and your family.

    Kathy

  35. Richard T Parent says:

    Sorry for your loss Sis, Tom will be missed he was a great man.

  36. Bonnie Grenier says:

    My Dad was the best. I loved him so much and will miss him more than words can ever say. Thank you to everyone who has been leaving messages – it means the world to us!!

  37. Debbie Hurley says:

    Jeannie, I’m so sorry and can’t wait to hug you. What a great picture of Tom. I love him so much. So many nice comments about him already. He was well loved.
    Debbie

  38. Barbara Sosnowski says:

    Aunt of Kristine Sheehan.

    Please accept my deepest sympathy.

  39. Ray Garretson/Wolfhound/B227 says:

    Jennie, so sorry of Tom’s passing. Will see you in Arlington. I served with Tom in Hawaii and Vietnam in 1965-66, with the 25th Infantry Division. Tom was an excellent soldier who served his Country with pride and was wounded in Vietnam while in combat. Tom will never be forgotten and will always be my Wolfhound Brother. With Love, old buddy, Ray.

  40. Martha Donohoe says:

    Well I have to say that I had a very loyal friend in Tommy. He would always be there for you. If you were his friend he’d do anything for you. I’ve loved you my whole life and always will. I couldn’t ask for a better friend. Just lowered the flag at Long Meadow for you and I felt privileged to do so. My dad always said “old soldiers never die they just fade away”. I’m not sure who coined the phrase but it might have been Winston Churchill. Good bless you my dear, dear friend. I will always salute you!!!!! Love always Martie. see you on the other side!

    • Jeannie says:

      “You were always his “twisted” sister and he loved you very much. You have been a wonderful friend to me also.

    • Bonnie Grenier says:

      Martha you made me cry. Thank you for your message… and for lowering the flag. 🙂 My Dad loved you so much!
      – Bonnie

  41. Wayne Coller says:

    Tom you were like a brother to me and you will be missed. Love, Wayne

    • Bonnie Grenier says:

      Thank you Wayne! 🙂 I remember you from when I was a little kid!! My Dad had a great friends in you and Linda.
      – Bonnie

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