Burchard Andrew Sheehy

February 25, 1937 - December 15, 2011
Burchard Andrew Sheehy

Burchard Andrew Sheehy, 74, of Wilmington, NC, passed away Thursday, December 15, 2011 at his home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Mr. Sheehy was born in Cincinnatus, NY on February 25, 1937 the son of the late James Edward and Shirley Baldwin Sheehy. He was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

Mr. Sheehy was a graduate of Kent State University in 1964 and obtained his Masters Degree in 1967. He was a vocational school administrator in public schools in Ohio. He moved to Wilmington in 1998 from Steubenville, OH. Mr.

Sheehy was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church where he served in the choir. He was master carpenter and left behind beautiful keepsakes. He was active in the HOA of Beau Rivage, and also worked with Habitat for Humanity for ten years.

Surviving is his wife of 50 years, Lois Sheehy of the home; daughter, Denise Messina and husband, Dr. Matthew Messina of Cleveland, OH; two sons, Mark Sheehy and wife, Linn of Houston, TX and Tim Sheehy and wife, Bunny of New Philadelphia, OH; eight grandchildren, Caitlin, Mike, and Brian Messina, Kevin, Kelly, Tyler, Geddy, and Timmy Sheehy; two brothers, Gordon Sheehy and wife, Alexis of Redondo Beach, CA and Dennis Sheehy of Portland, MA; cousins, Kay and Eddie Robinson of Wilmington, NC.

The family will receive friends at 9:30 am Monday, December 19, 2011 followed by a Memorial Mass at 10:00 am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church by Rev. John McGee.

A luncheon will follow immediately after the Mass at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401 or to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 6650 Carolina Beach Rd., Wilmington, NC 28412.

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  • December 18, 2011
    Kimberly Stemple Pierson says:
    Thinking of you and your family. (I've lost both parents, so I know what you are going through.) I have good memories of your parents from Lordstown! My prayers are with you.

  • December 18, 2011
    Lori Hutta says:
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers---wish we could be there with you! May God bless you at this difficult time, Lori, Steve, Chris & Cailey

  • December 18, 2011
    Peggy and Stan Nawrocki says:
    Dear Lois, We are so sorry to read of Burch's death. The passing of a loved one is so sad, particularly at Christmas time. You have our sympathies. Sincerely, Peggy and Stan Nawrocki

  • December 27, 2011
    Dorothy Blaner says:
    Lois My deepest sympathy to you on Burch's passing. It was evident that he loved you and his children and was so excited over your grandchildren. He was a good administrator, aware of trends and a terrific negotiator while at the JVS. I recall his delight in being able to create items that the family would cherish using his woodworking skills. The first year of his retirement I think his love of flying was shown in his choice of Christmas Cards. I wish you the joy of remembering his smile and his happiness in sharing his life with you as simply, "Joe".

  • December 22, 2011
    Lois Sheehy says:
    It was not easy to let you go, but you taught me a great lesson about dying.