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Maureen T. Sheehan

May 3rd, 2020

Maureen T. Sheehan (Murphy), age 75, of Wilmington, passed away on May 1, 2020, at the Beverly Hospital after a courageous battle with COVID-19.

Maureen was born on October 28, 1944, in Somerville, MA. She was the dear daughter of the late Timothy and Margaret Murphy. Maureen was raised in Somerville, attended catholic school, and graduated St. Clement High School with the Class of 1962.

In 1967, Maureen married her beloved husband and best friend Tom Sheehan. The couple lived in Somerville for several years before moving to Wilmington where they raised their three children Kerry, Beth, and Tommy. Maureen was a wonderful wife and mother; her family always came first in her life. Maureen was always there to support her children with their school and sporting activities throughout the years. Maureen enjoyed family vacations to Ireland, Marshfield, Chatham, and China Lake where many fond memories were made and a good time was had by all. Maureen cherished her role as “Nana” to her grandchildren and was looking forward to the birth of her first great grandchild this summer. Maureen’s grandchildren became the center of her life in her later years; she attended countless sporting events, dance recitals, and school plays. Maureen’s face always lit up when she spoke of her grandkids.

Maureen worked hard throughout her life. During her children’s elementary years, Maureen worked as a union waitress in the hotels of Boston. Maureen was also a favorite crossing guard at the Woburn Street School and was always looking out for the safety of her students. Once her children were older she went back to work full time and worked for many years in the accounts receivable department at the Addison Wesley Publishing Company, Houghton Mifflin, Rogers Radiator and eventually retired from L-3 Communications in Billerica. Maureen’s endearing personality made her well liked by her co-workers who became great friends and extended family.

Maureen was a woman of great faith and an active member of St. Thomas of Villanova Church; for many years she was very instrumental in heading up the St. Thomas Women’s Club and ran countless craft fairs throughout the years. Maureen was a regular with a group of girlfriends at the Saturday evening Mass and then their weekly trip to Rocco’s for dinner.

Maureen was also very active in her community. In her retirement, she volunteered at the Woburn Street School where she was involved in countless activities, worked the Election polls, and volunteered for many years at A.I.M. (Access is Mandatory) with a group of friends helping those less fortunate; she was always so kind towards others.

In her spare time, Maureen, looked forward to traveling all over with her husband Tom, her children, and her friends. Following Tom’s death, Maureen, along with her sister-in-law Maryann Nolan and her friends took many trips with the Wilmington Recreation Department; she enjoyed seeing new places and meeting new people.

Maureen will be fondly remembered as a “true friend” in every sense of the word; she was loyal, supportive, a good listener; she treated her friends with unconditional love and respect. Maureen had friends from her early childhood that remained close throughout her life; she also had work friends, church friends and her travel buddies; everyone had a good time when they were with Maureen.

Maureen was a wonderful lady; kind, caring and always willing to do for others. She was always surrounded by people who loved her and will forever have her memory in their hearts.

Maureen was the beloved wife of the late Thomas J. Sheehan III, devoted mother of Kerry Sheehan & Chuck Taylor, Beth Rooney & her husband Mickey all of Wilmington and Thomas J. Sheehan IV & his fiancé Laurie Girdharry of Hull. Loving “Nana” of Brendan Sheehan & his wife Rebecca, Liam, Colin, Caroline and Charlie Rooney, as well as her first great grandchild due in August. Cherished daughter of the late Timothy and Margaret (Scully) Murphy, dear sister of the late Rev. Timothy Murphy and Jeremiah Murphy, sister-in-law of Maryann Nolan of Hanover, Richard Sheehan of Marshfield and the late Marti Maher. Maureen is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Due to the current situation of the coronavirus and for everyone’s safety, the Sheehan family had decided to have a private service at this time. A Memorial Mass and Celebration of Maureen’s life will be held at a later date; please follow our website for updated information at www.nicholsfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Maureen’s memory may be made to A.I.M. (Access is Mandatory), c/o Gloria Diehl, 12 Hamlin Lane, Wilmington, MA 01887.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA.

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21 Entries in Guest Book for “Maureen T. Sheehan”

  1. kathie grinovich says:

    So sad to hear of Maureen’s passing, I will always remember her as GG
    Paul and Kathie (GG) Grinovich

  2. Toto Family says:

    So sorry to hear this. May she rest in eternal peace.

  3. Barbara Sica says:

    Beth & Family – I am so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. A wonderful, caring, amazing woman who will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  4. Sue Moran says:

    So sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers to Sheehan family

  5. Lorraine Sheehan says:

    There is very little anyone can say to ease your loss, but my thoughts are with you at this time. We will always have wonderful memories of the great person she was.

  6. The Carbone Family says:

    Kerry, Beth, Tommy and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. We have fond memories of your mom as a friend and neighbor.

  7. Sue Rowe says:

    Kerry, Brendan and family, so saddened to hear of the passing of your Mom and Nana. May all the great memories you shared, surround you and comfort you at her passing. God bless!

  8. Cataldo family says:

    Maureen was an amazing woman and her children and grandchildren are proof of that! To Kerry, Brendan and Becca, we send big hugs and lots of prayers. To the rest of the Sheehan family – you are in our thoughts as well! Mrs. Sheehan loved to chat about her family and how proud of them she was. I was lucky enough to have had her in my classroom and I loved to hear all her stories! I wanted to travel as much as she did! Always smiling, always having a good laugh and ready to fill me in on everything Wilmington. Nana Sheehan will be the best angel you could ask for- lots of love.

  9. Nikki Grinovich says:

    Kerry and family, so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. I’ll always remember the memories of her and my mom sitting together on Christmas Eve.

  10. Margie Campbell says:

    I am so sorry Kerry, Beth and Tom and Mickie and all grandkids. Your mom was so nice and I know what a painful loss this is for all of you. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. John Ebrecht says:

    Please accept my condolences on the loss of Maureen: Wife; Mother; Nana; Congregant; Friend and; Classmate at St. Clement School High School, ‘62. Several members of our class were lifelong friends with Maureen, visited her and kept us apprised of her progress in recovering from her stroke. May God grant her peace and may He grant comfort to her family and friends.

  12. Rick Gayne says:

    Kerry, Beth and Tom .Sorry for your loss, fond memories of Marshfield and even Arlington going way back.

  13. Lorraine Butler says:

    I don’t know you I’m so sorry to hear about your mother passing she is now resting in peace may god be with you and your family you are all in my prays always remember the good times you had with her

  14. Bette Jane Borges says:

    Maureen was a kind & loving mother, Nana, & special friend. She will be missed by everyone that knew her. My condolences to the whole family.

  15. Cindy Mahoney says:

    Dear Beth and Family,
    We were very sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts.

  16. Pam and Ken MacArthur says:

    Kerry, Beth and Tommy

    So sorry to hear about your Mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Love and Hugs
    Pam and Ken

  17. Kerri Staffier says:

    To the Sheehan Family, We were so sorry to hear about the loss of Mrs. Sheehan. She was always such a friendly and kind person; she had a smile that stayed with you. We hope all the wonderful memories will bring you comfort during this time. Thinking of you all, Kerri and Mark Staffier

  18. Jane Woods says:

    Kerry, I’m very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Sending love your way.

  19. Sandra LaVita says:

    So sorry to hear the loss of your beloved Mother. Your family will be in my prayers

  20. The Robinson Family says:

    Words can’t adequately express how sorry we are for you loss. Maureen was a wonderful lady with an infectious smile and will be missed by all who came across her path. We are thinking and praying for you during this difficult time.
    The Robinson Family

  21. Maureen Longo says:

    I MET MAUREEN WHEN SHE CAME TO WORK AT ADDISON WESLEY. SHE ALWAYS HAD A SMILE ON HER FACE AND WOULD BRIGHTEN UP THE DAY FOR ALL HER CO-WORKERS. THERE WAS NEVER A HARSH WORD FROM HER. WE WHOSE LIVES YOU HAVE TOUCHED, WILL MISS YOU. NOW YOU ARE IN GOD’S HOME.

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