2012-10-25 / Obituaries

William Samuel Sheehan

William Samuel Sheehan, husband of Marion Tasker Sheehan, passed away on Oct. 21, 2012. He was born in Bar Harbor, Maine, on Nov. 30, 1926, son of the late George H. and Angie Keene Sheehan. He moved to his father’s hometown of Jamestown when he was 6 and attended the Carr and Clarke schools, graduating from Rogers High School in 1945.

In his youth he worked as a caddy at the Beavertail Country Club, at Pitcher’s Drug Store and was the manager of the Jamestown Spa. He worked at Quonset during the war and then spent many years as a purser on the Jamestown Ferry. He was a member of the Arnold Zweir American Legion Post No. 22 Drum and Bugle Corps and the Jamestown Auxiliary Police Department, as well as the Jamestown softball and bowling leagues. He retired from Sears Roebuck in Newport in 1986 after 21 years as a salesman.

He wintered in West Palm Beach, Fla., but permanently returned to Jamestown in 2000. While living in Jamestown, he served on the Board of Canvassers, the Zoning Board of Review and the Planning Commission. He was also chairman of the Republican Town Committee and president of the Jamestown Town Council. He was serving in this position when the Pell Bridge was open in 1969, and influenced the state commission to use a second boat for the last ride up the bay, allowing the citizens of Jamestown to participate in the celebration.

He was proud to serve on the committee that started the first Jamestown Family Day, as well as the committee that established the Fort Getty campgrounds. He continually discussed his original vision of the campground, which included annual improvements such as landscape developments, permanent sites, a secure play area for young children, a pavilion for town events, and renovation of the bunkers so they could be used as historical sites. He annually served as a mentor to the students at the Jamestown schools, encouraging them to vote for the person, not the party.

After leaving politics, he was never at a loss for words concerning the development of Jamestown, sending copious letters to the Jamestown Press reminding the town of the good old days. In his leisure time he enjoyed fishing, golfing and driving guests around the island discussing the history of Jamestown.

He was predeceased by his brothers, George Sheehan of North Carolina and Dennis Sheehan of Warwick; his twin sister Betty Sheehan Haggenmiller of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and a daughter, Marcy Sheehan Mc- Clane of Jamestown. He left three daughters, Elizabeth Lindquist and partner Paul DiCenso of New York, Cynthia Smith and her husband Raymond of Jamestown, and Laurie Sheehan and partner Mike Madieros of East Providence. He also left three sons, William Sheehan and his wife Maria of Royal Palm Beach, Fla., Robert Sheehan and his wife Judy Oliva Sheehan of Manchester, Conn., and Kerry Sheehan of Jamestown; as well as 14 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews who were very special to him.

A memorial service will be held at St. Matthew’s at 9 a.m. on Nov. 10. Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to the Jamestown Fire Department or to the Gentiva Hospice Foundation.

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