Wilfred Sheehan

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Obituaries / Jul. 13, 2017 9:57am EDT

Brattleboro—Wilfred J. “Will” Sheehan, 92, passed away peacefully early Tuesday morning, July 4, 2017 at the Holton Home, where he had been a resident since 2012.

Mr. Sheehan was born in Clinton, Mass., on October 21, 1924; the son of John J. and Leona (Lashua) Marine Sheehan. He was raised and educated in Springfield, Vt.; graduating from Springfield High School. While in high school, he became a journeyman machinist, which later led to a full-time position with the former Fellows Gear Shaper Co. in Springfield.

A proud veteran of World War II, he served his country in the United States Navy, stationed in the Asiatic Pacific Theater of Operation that included the island of Saipan.

Following his honorable discharge from active service, he returned home to attend the University of Vermont, graduating from UVM in 1953. After college, he worked for Jones & Lamson in Springfield for two years.

In 1955, he took a position with the USDA Soil Conservation Service working 10 years in St. Johnsbury, and 10 years in Randolph, before moving to Brattleboro in 1976, working out of the Brattleboro office. He retired in 1986, following 30 years of faithful service with the government. He spent the summer of 1961 in Alaska— one of his more memorable assignments.

A devout Catholic, Mr. Sheehan was a communicant of Saint Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in Brattleboro.

With his wife, he loved square dancing and was a member of the Green Mountain Squares for 25 years; holding several offices within the club. He was also active with the Windham County Chapter of AARP and the American Red Cross Blood bank in Brattleboro.

Of his other leisure time activities, he enjoyed spending time at his hunting camp in Newbury, Vt., with family and friends. He loved to hunt and was a member of the St. Johnsbury Rifle & Pistol Shooting Club.

On December 27, 1969 in Randolph, he was married to Joyce Gray Shepard, who predeceased him on March 16, 2013. He was also predeceased by four siblings.

Survivors include one sister, Eileen Sandstrom of Littleton, Colo.; four stepdaughters: Judith Jacobson of West Barnstable, Mass., Jane Howe of Tunbridge, Vt., Sylvia Cooley of Leverett, Mass., and Sharon Sault of Randolph, Vt.; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

The Liturgy of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday, July 8 at Saint Michael’s Catholic Church. Burial was in Saint Michael’s Parish Cemetery. Friends called at the Atamaniuk Funeral Home the same morning of the Mass.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Sheehan’s name may be made to The Holton Home, 158 Western Ave., Brattleboro, Vt. 05301; or to Saint Michael’s School, 48 Walnut St., Brattleboro, Vt. 05301.

To sign an online register book or send messages of e-condolence, visit www.Atamaniuk.com.

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