2009-02-14 / Obituaries

James Sheehan

James Sheehan James Sheehan James F. Sheehan, 81, of Wildomar, California, passed away peacefully at his home of 39 years Thursday, January 22, 2009.

He was born April 7, 1927, in Mount Pleasant to Frank and Mary Bell Sheehan.

Mr. Sheehan spent many summers on Mackinac Island driving carriages for Grand Hotel and Mackinac Island Carriage Tours, tending bar at Horn's, and as a police officer.

In 1948, he was the Golden Gloves champion of Bay City, and he trained on the Island, as well.

He was a union ironworker for 38 years and worked on the Mackinac Bridge until its completion in 1957.

He last visited the Island two summers ago, with his grandson, James Patrick, and spent most of his time at the home of his daughter, Frances Koehler, as well as looking up old friends downtown. Mr. Sheehan was always ready with a quip and a jab for anyone he encountered, friends said, and he loved the world around him and enjoyed striking up conversations with strangers to learn new things. Reading, traveling, and farming were his passions.

Mr. Sheehan is survived by his wife of 51 years, Elizabeth; three daughters, Sheila Sheehan of Idyllwild, California, Frances Koehler of Naples, Florida, and Mackinac Island, Mary Sheehan-Dizon of Murrieta, California; a son, Thomas Sheehan of Wildomar, and six grandchildren, Sarah Koehler, Robert Koehler, James Patrick Sheehan, Corey Sheehan, Meghan Sheehan-Dizon, and Claire Sheehan-Dizon.

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