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James E. Sheehan


Service: 1:00pm Thu. January 9th, 2020
Location: St. Joseph Catholic Church

SHEEHAN, James Edward, 84, a lifelong resident of Springfield Ohio passed away on January 4th in his home. Jimmy was born on October 30, 1935, to Paul Sheehan and Elizabeth (Beb) Scheetz. He married the love of his life, Mary Lou Healy, on August 29, 1959. Jimmy was a 1953 graduate of Catholic Central High School where he remained an avid supporter. After colorful years working on the railroad and at International Harvester, providing a lifetime of oft retold stories, Jim and his brother Dennis (pre-deceased) Sheehan turned part-time jobs servicing gumball machines into the largest vending and catering business in the area. Sheehan Brothers continues to be a family owned business employing almost 100 people in Springfield. After leaving active management, Jim felt called to serve the community he loved, winning office as County Commissioner in 1992, a position he ably held for twelve years. He then served as Chief Financial Officer for Avetec from 2005 to 2011. Jimmy is survived by his beloved sister Marianne (Mark) Frawley, his wife Mary Lou, his four children Maureen (Joe) Massaro, Daniel (Jennifer) Sheehan, Lorraine (Chris) Wilson, Kelly Clark, ten grandchildren Lauren (Luke) Purnell, Nick Massaro, Andrea (Trevor) O’Connor, Caitlin (Nicholas) Corsano, Andrew Wilson, Jessica Wilson, Patrick Sheehan, Michael Sheehan, Will Clark and Emma Clark; two great-grandchildren Owen and Mila Purnell; and numerous nieces and nephews. Jimmy was known for his love of family, his deep faith, his community service and his Irish charm. A mass of Christian burial will occur at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 801 Kenton Street at 1 pm Thursday, January 9, followed by burial at Calvary Cemetery and a celebration of Jimmy’s life at 3:30 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott 100 S. Fountain Ave. In lieu of flowers, Jimmy would have appreciated support for Catholic education, most notably Catholic Central School, 1200 E. High Street, Springfield OH 45505 or support of Second Harvest Food Bank, 31 North Sycamore Street, Springfield OH 45503.
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I was so sorry to learn about Jimmy's death. He was such a supporter of Catholic Central and Catholic education. I loved listening to his stories and benefited from his sharing his wisdom. My sympathy to all the family. God bless him and rest his soul.

- Fr. Tom Kreidler , Saturday January 11th, 2020

Jimmy was among the finest men I’ve ever known. I worked for him during high school and college and his positive, encouraging influence remains with me to this day. No doubt he’s regaling angels at this moment with his sharp humor and incredible stories.

- Kim Shaftner, Friday January 10th, 2020

Sorry for your loss of your dad. I was there but the place was packed. You and the family are in my prayers

- Marcy Brown , Thursday January 9th, 2020

Heartfelt condolences to the family. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers!

- Daljeet and Jagdish Singh, Wednesday January 8th, 2020

Our hearts go out to the Sheehan family with our deepest condolences! He was a warm and sincere person with a love of life, family, friends, and genuine caring soul! God has gained a true angel!

- John & Jeannie Lundberg, Wednesday January 8th, 2020

Today at lunch we raised our glasses to Jimmy, he was a true friend to Local 333, IAFF. Jimmy allowed many of us lousy Fireman an opportunity to work a real job during our far too abundant off duty hours, he truly was a Special Man. Our thoughts and prayers to the Sheehan Family.

- Dale Warfel, Wednesday January 8th, 2020

Our heartfelt condolences to the Sheehan families. Keeping you in our prayers.

- Craig Taylor, Wednesday January 8th, 2020

Maey Lou so very sorry for the loss of Jjm my prayer and thoughts are wirh you!

- Mary Schwartz, Wednesday January 8th, 2020

Jimmy was true gentleman and an awesome Irishman. You are all in my prayers 🙏

- Carrie Powers, Wednesday January 8th, 2020

My deepest condolences to the entire family.

- Cindy Pack, Wednesday January 8th, 2020

I am so sorry...What a wonderful person with a big smile and even bigger heart! He will be missed.

- Kitty Wildman, Tuesday January 7th, 2020

My sincere condolences to your entire family and his friends. Sending you all big hugs and prayers.

- Carole Davis, Tuesday January 7th, 2020

I am so sorry for the families loss! He and his brother were the greatest people. My all time favorite job was working at Sheehans in route sales! Greatest boss an employee could ever have! Prayers for you and your family during this difficult time! May he RIP!

- Sandy (Gray) Crawford , Tuesday January 7th, 2020

So very sorry to read about Jimmy. After working for Jack Dibert and Emel Atkins I had known Jimmy 40+ years and met a lot of his family. His passing will leave a huge hole in all of our lives. God Bless you all, prayers and thoughts are with you.

- Robin McCoy, Tuesday January 7th, 2020

Kelly, So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family With love

- Vicki Valentine Hermanowski, Tuesday January 7th, 2020

dearest mary lou,we are so sorry to hear of jimmy's passing.he will be missed by all.prayers for you and all the family.take care.

- sajjad and mary siddiqi, Tuesday January 7th, 2020

My sincerest condolences to the entire family. I remember spending many a weekend at the Sheehan house & he was always very friendly & welcoming.

- Kelly Shay, Tuesday January 7th, 2020

Dear Mary Lou & Family, So sorry for your loss. Another good Irishman gone to his rewards. So many good memories! Cherish them all.

- Nancy Fogarty, Tuesday January 7th, 2020

What a great man....thoughts and prayers to the family.

- Joel Engelmeier, Tuesday January 7th, 2020

What a wonderful man and an asset to our community! He will certainly be missed. I am so sad to know I will no longer see his smiling face or enjoy his laugh. Mary Lou, Maureen, Dan, Jennifer and all, you have my deepest sympathy!

- Elaine Stevenson, Tuesday January 7th, 2020

Heartfelt condolences to the Sheehan family. Our community lost such a good man! His friends lost a good friend! We all lost that twinkle in his eyes when he was teasing you....that booming voice...that Irish humor...that caring person! RI P Jimmy! You will be missed!

- Sophia Turnbull, Tuesday January 7th, 2020

So terribly sorry for your families loss of such a wonderful man. He will always be remembered for his distinct voice and his commanding presence everywhere he went. My heart aches for all of you. Blessings.

- Gay Yannucci Minette, Monday January 6th, 2020

Bob and I just wanted to tell you how sorry we are for the loss of Jimmy. We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

- Patty and Bob Mcgee, Monday January 6th, 2020

There wasn't a kinder man than Jimmy. He was good to my husband and our son, Dan who both worked for him. He also employer my Aunt Lois Gram. Prayers for all his family. RIP.

- Jim and Bonnie Powell, Monday January 6th, 2020

Mary Lou & family, George and I are saddened by the loss Jimmy! He will certainly be missed as he touched so many lives and so supportive of his community.

- Carole Shartran Belcher, Monday January 6th, 2020

I’m so Sorry to hear this News Mr. Sheehan was a Great man. My Condolences to your Family.

- Tim Fent, Monday January 6th, 2020

Deeply saddened to hear this news. Sending prayers to you and your family.

- Colleen Smith, Monday January 6th, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss. We’ll keep your family in our prayers.

- Rich, Kelly, Luke, and Colby Zeller, Monday January 6th, 2020

We are very sorry for your loss...our thoughts and prayers are with you in this most difficult time.

- Karen and John Murphy, Monday January 6th, 2020

I first met Jimmy when I counted change in Denny’s garage. I lived across the street from Denny and babysat for his kids. The Sheehan brothers, their wives, and their children were such an awesome part of my teenage years! My name then was Shelly Burr and I am so grateful for all of them!

- Shelly Vacchiano , Monday January 6th, 2020

We are sorry for your loss. Angel, Brandi and Bailee Lyons

- Angel lyons, Monday January 6th, 2020

God Bless

- Kevin Moody, Monday January 6th, 2020

So deeply saddened to hear of Jimmy’s passing, Uplifting your family in prayer this evening. He always made me smile! What I will remember most is how his eyes lit up when he spoke of his sweetheart, Mary Lou, and of his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He was so proud of all of you! Truly an amazing man.

- Kathy Sahle, Monday January 6th, 2020

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