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“My condolences to Michael's children and family. If I had to describe Michael in one word, it would be "genuine". It was a real pleasure...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Leslie Wiebe - Wilmington, DE

“I felt blessed to work with Michael at Verizon in Wilmington. In his cheerful, energetic way, he nudged me to look at things differently and to stop...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Debbie Taylor - Dover, DE

“a Mouse has fallen...God bless you, Mike. ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: Dennis Sheehy - Brother

“My condolences to Michael's family. Rest in peace Michael. ”
4 of 11 | Posted by: Beth Silver - Newark, DE

“My deepest sympathy to your family and friends. Sounds as if he has a greeter in heaven.... ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Debbie Mccreary - San jose, CA

“Andy, Terry, Sorry for your loss, my condolences to the entire Sheehy Clan. May God grant you all the peace that passes understanding in this...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Anthony Mercante - Brooklyn, NY

“MAY YOU REST IN ETERNAL PEACE. ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Ruth Price - Wilmington, DE

“I'm so sorry for your loss.May the God of all comfort, bring comfort to the Sheehy family during these difficult times.(2 Corin.1:3,4) ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: A friend

“Condolences to the Sheehy Family for the passing of Michael. He was a wonderful human being and a true friend. May he Rest In Peace. We owe him so...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Joshua Martin - Wilmington

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Sheehy's family. May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. May the God of all comfort...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Mika Anderson - GA

“Rest in peace Michael. ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Kathleen Singles - Wilmington, DE


Michael D. Sheehy passed away peacefully in Christiana Hospital August 23, 2017 surrounded by loved ones.

Michael was born in Jacksonville, FL, the second of 10 children, to Edward and Rosemary Sheehy. In his younger years, he swam competitively for Holiday Hills Swim Club and excelled while attending Salesianum School. After achieving a "perfect" 1600 SAT score, he enrolled at LaSalle College. A year later he enlisted in the US Army and trained as a medic and as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division.

After serving, Michael attended the University of Delaware and received a Bachelor's degree in Biology, and Master's degree in Business Administration. While at Delaware, he met his future wife, Beth. Michael and Beth married in 1977, and had 4 sons; Christopher, Daniel, Michael, and Nicholas. Professionally, Michael worked at Bell Atlantic/Verizon and retired as Director of Regulatory Affairs. He later took on the office of Public Advocate for the State of Delaware, representing the public's best interests in government. He retired in 2013.

Michael was actively engaged with his family; coaching the boys in soccer and baseball. He also acted as an umpire in Brandywine Little League. He prided himself on his intelligence and wit, and could always be found with a crossword or book in his hands. Michael promoted all levels of academia for his children, and the family routinely would play Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble, etc. He also played tennis and joined his sons' pickup basketball games. Although not the tallest, he made his presence known – and many hard fouls were exchanged and remembered.

In 2007, the family was struck by tragedy when his son, Michael Andrew, was in a car accident and passed away. This took a toll on the family, including Michael. Despite these difficulties, he never gave up his enduring generosity and love. He became more involved with Gift of Life Foundation, as well as other generous acts throughout the Delaware community. Meeting his grandchildren and seeing his sons mature and grow up, was a great moment of joy for him. He consistently reminded them of the pride he felt in raising them to be "good kids". Michael will be remembered always for his incomparable intelligence, eccentricity, love, and generosity.

Michael is predeceased by his father (Edward) and son (Michael Andrew). He is survived by his mother (Rosemary), his 9 brothers and sisters, his ex-wife (Beth), his sons (Christopher, Daniel, and Nicholas), and grandchildren (Atticus, Gabriella, and Emily).

A committal service will be held for Michael at Delaware Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE 19701 on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 1PM. Afterwards, there will be a celebration of Michael's life from 2:30PM – 5PM, in Wilmington. All of Michael's family and friends are welcome to attend the committal service and/or celebration of life.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Michael's honor to three charities he was active with in his life – Disabled American Veterans (DAV.org), Gift of Life Foundation (www.donors1.org), or Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (bbbs.org).