Michael Eugene Sheehan

November 27, 1949 - February 12, 2024
Michael Eugene Sheehan

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Mike was summoned to join Heaven’s Kitchen as one of many eclectic chefs on February 12, 2024. Thank the Lord he took all his recipes in his mind and left all the binders with his notes for us to enjoy here. He was born November 27, 1949, and resided all his life here in Wilmington as a graduate of St. Mary’s School, New Hanover High School and UNCW. He enjoyed being a part of the community in so many aspects. He loved the old Wilmington, its history, character, and charm.

Not so much its politics and if you asked him you had to prepare yourself for some ear burning. Mike never minced words. He was an adventurous chef with a superb palate and could create a dinner to match any five-star restaurant. “The hotter the peppers the better the sauce” was a favorite saying of his. He would hound the head chef of many restaurants to divulge their recipes for dishes he fell in love with. He would encourage his kids to try a bite from any dish, “you’ll never know if you like it unless you try it”. His philosophy helped develop their love for food and creative cooking. Now that philosophy has been passed down to his grandchildren. Once he hoodwinked them with one dish, Chicken Cacciatore which they fell in love with and would ask him to make it when they visited. He finally enlightened them as adults that the recipe called for anchovies, and we can’t print their excited choice of words.

Mike was a serious reader with an insatiable quest for any type of knowledge. His mind was a bottomless pit. With his Irish Gift of Gab, he would be more than delighted to keep you in his web of monologue discussions for hours, (as long as he had a few beers or a bourbon drink in hand). The kids had a running joke with each other: how long they would make their new dates politely suffer “Mikes

Conversation” before they would go rescue them. If you knew Mike, you knew that man could talk. There was only one person in the family that could compete, if not dominate the conversation which led to the infamous “but Ed, but Ed” quote. Mike and I enjoyed the outdoors. We sailed when we could up and down the coast and hiked and camped on many trails in the Carolina and Tennessee Mountains. We owned two matched palomino horses, Robyn and Goldie. We rode hundreds of miles of trails with some of our fun and choice cowboys and
cowgirls. Campfires were so entertaining.

Preceded in death by, John Stephen Sheehan (father), Ethel Ball Sheehan (mother), and John Stephen Sheehan, Jr. (brother). Mike leaves behind his wife and best friend, Lynda F. Sheehan, as well as his step-son, Tyler D. Davis (and his wife Nitzi), step-daughter, Jennifer S. Glickman (and her husband Jamie), and grandchildren, Athena Glickman, Athens Glickman and Lev Wolf Davis, his sister-in-law Carrie Worthington (and her husband Steve). He also leaves behind his fur
baby Sidekick.

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  • March 17, 2024
    Bobby Miller says:
    Thinking of Mike today, St. Patrick's Day 2024. I don't know if this is his favorite holiday but I do know he embraced it very strongly. Mike and I managed the computer systems at UNCW for many years. Every St. Patrick's Day he would replace our normal login welcome greeting with some phrase in Gaelic. Rest in Peace Mike. suaimhneas síoraí

  • February 27, 2024
    Robert Stewart says:
    I grew up with Mike and his brotherJack in Winter Park. My Mom and Mrs. Sheehan alternating taking us all to St. Mary's school and picking us up every day. Mike was the "runt" of the neighborhood but always wanted to play all sports, wrestle, climb trees, etc. He certainly grew up and lost the title "little Mike". I know there was a grand reunion with Jack and his parents. Robert Stewart

  • February 26, 2024
    Herb Dempsey says:
    Mike arrived at WILCO prepared to feast on all things that would expand his knowledge of the world…and he vigorously immersed himself in that marvelous world of learning. His interests were broad and diverse and while it sometimes difficult to keep up with Mike’s mind and contributions to a conversation, it was a rare discussion that didn’t expand on what you knew coming in. As Mike's “Big Brother” when he pledged Pi Kapp Phi Fraternity I gained appreciation for Mike’s love for the Lamp that Burns, the Star that Shines and the rich history of the Brotherhood that he embraced and was embraced by! Slán go fóill until we meet again make a toast to Red Rose! Sláinte! 🍻

  • February 25, 2024
    Roland Jones lit a candle:
    Lit since February 25, 2024 at 2:19:02 PM

  • February 22, 2024
    Marlene Kearney says:
    May The Angels. Lead You Into Paradise. Wishing my culinary expert, history loving, political retrospect, worldly conversationalist, highly intellectual, business wizard, animal loving, world traveler, adventurer, sensitive, caring, generous, humorous, brother in law Mikey fair skies and calm waters. Be prepared to fix a banquet for friends, family, and pets who'll greet you. God bless you and Thanks for the memories. I do have it on good authority that there is beer in Heaven.