John W. Sharkey

November 18, 1917 - April 14, 2012
John W. Sharkey

JOHN W. SHARKEY, 94, Retired NYPD

John William Sharkey, known to his friends and family as Jack, died at New Hanover Regional Medical Center on April 14, 2012.

He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Grace and his 5 devoted sons; John, Paul, Peter, David and Michael and their families including 12 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Born November 18, 1917 in New York City, Mr. Sharkey served in the US Navy during WW II, the Air Force during the Korean War and again in the Navy during the Vietnam War and retired from the New York City police department in 1964. The Sharkeys retired to Wilmington in 1990 from Rockville Centre, NY. He was an active member of the local chapter of the NYPD 1013 Club.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be held 9 am Wednesday, April 18 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to be made to Catholic Relief Charities.

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  • April 16, 2012
    Lisa Lindberg says:
    With tears in my eyes..."I really loved Jack...my God...what a wonderful man...what an interesting man...truly." Ninety-four...what a great life he had, and what a great family he and Grace created. I mean, honestly...being in the service business...I meet and talk with so many people, all ages...different backgrounds. Jack? Geeeez...stood out amongst every last one of them. His stories were great. His wisdom was every bit of his years...he was so damn sharp!!! Witty. Oh my goodness I will miss him. I truly am going to miss that man. The things he shared with me about life and aging I will hold close to me forever. My parents always told me..."When you die, you can't take your money...only, love and wisdom." At 51 I dare say that Jack Sharkey was one of the most interesting people I ever met in my life. Nothing but a priveledge to get to know him. My condolences to Grace...whom I will call...and his sons. I don't know how else to say it..."He was such a great man." My Very Best..."Lisa".

  • April 17, 2012
    Adam Leggette says:
    On behalf of the Coastal Association of Health Underwriters, we are very sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers go out to the Sharkey family.

  • April 17, 2012
    Mary Farley says:
    When you are sorrowful look into your heart and you shall see that you are weeping for that which has been your delight ~ Kahlil Gibran

  • April 18, 2012
    Judy Lowe says:
    What a great life, what a great man, what a great family. Thank you for letting me know you. Judy Lowe

  • January 11, 2013
    John Sharkey says:
    still missing my dad daily