Sheehan, Michael

August 9th, 2010

Michael J. Sheehan, age 57, of Wilmington, died peacefully with his family at his side on Monday, August 9, 2010, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Michael was born on February 26, 1953 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Brighton, MA. He and his twin brother Patrick were premature and spent three months in the hospital before joining his family in Quincy, MA. He spent his youth in Westwood, MA. Michael was blind and suffered from Cerebral Palsy as a result of his premature birth. He was educated at Perkins School in Watertown, MA and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts in Boston and a Master’s Degree from Boston University.

He was employed by the National Park Service and the City of Boston. Throughout his life he was an ardent sports fan and attended many games of the Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots, and Boston College, later following them on the radio.

Michael married Catherine Manuel on March 17, 1986, and the couple lived in Charlestown and Boston before moving to Wilmington 15 years ago.

Michael will be fondly remembered for his love of his family, swimming, books, and for being a “fighter” who never let his life’s obstacles hold him down.

Michael was the beloved husband of Catherine H. (Manuel) Sheehan, devoted father of Bryan Sheehan of Wilmington, cherished son of John “Jack” and Catherine “Kay” (Martin) Sheehan of Franklin formerly of Westwood, dear brother of Peggy Lynn & her husband Bob of Harwich, MA, Sheila Pina & her husband Ron of Dartmouth, MA, his twin Patrick Sheehan & his wife Jane of Silver Spring, MD, Daniel Sheehan & his wife Marylou of Holliston, MA, and the late Cathleen Werkowski & her husband Paul who lives in Londonderry, NH , son-in- law of Norma & Frank Powers of Wilmington, brother-in-law of Debbie & Roger Okolo, Michael & Joanne Manuel, Anne Powers, Frank, Jr. & Heather Powers, Christina & Lou Chalifour, and the late Steven Manuel, Michael is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, August 14th at 11:00 a.m. in the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington. Visiting hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, August 13th from 4-8 p.m.

Memorial donations in Michael’s name may be made to Perkins School for the Blind, 175 North Beacon St., Watertown, MA 02472.


4 Entries in Guest Book for “Sheehan, Michael”

  1. carol bernardi says:

    May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
    Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.

  2. Dottie says:

    May you never forget the love that you all shared and the memories that will last a lifetime.

  3. barbara houston says:

    I will always remember the wisdom and kindness Michael had and shared with me and everyone family,friends, or people he just met. He will be missed.

  4. Mary (Martin) Grabert says:

    Dear Sheila & family,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Michael touched so many people in his life. I remember playing with him when I was little. It was Christmas at Grandpa’s house in Brockton. He impressed me so much! I know we can’t have those days back but, nothing can take away the memories. I will keep Micheal and all of you in my prayers.

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