Cornelius Joseph Sheehan Jr., of Staten Island by way of Brooklyn, at the age of 83, passed away early morning on April 23, 2019 in the comfort of his home.
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Cornelius was born on July 19, 1935 in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York. He was the youngest son of Cornelius Sheehan Sr. and Catherine Kenny of Newfoundland, Canada.
Cornelius is survived by his loving children Christine Rogers and Catherine Baker, his son-in-law Jon Baker and Chuck Rogers, his grandchildren, Kristi, CJ, Daniel, Corrine and Jocelyn. And by his cherished siblings Rose Toron, John Sheehan, Catherine Conry and Dolores Moloney, his sister-in-laws Rosemarie Sheehan and Therese Sheehan and brother-in-law Jim Moloney. And by his devoted nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his beloved wife Mildred Hall Sheehan, his son Robert, second beloved wife Marie Clancy Sheehan and siblings Cornelius Jr., Edward, William, Patrick, Anna Molloy, Michael, Theresa, Gerard and Mary Donnelly.
Cornelius served his country in the Korean War and went on to serve his fellow man for all the days of his life. He was never without a kind word and a smile for friends and strangers alike. He believed in the power of kindness and encouraged those he loved to employ the power of a simple smile to brighten someone’s day.
Working on 5th Avenue in his beloved Park Slope was where he practiced his trademark smile, joke telling and extreme kindness. He was known to buy used items he didn’t need just to help out someone who was down on their luck or wrap a sandwich and place it on the top of the trash for a homeless person he noticed needed a meal. As a doorman in Downtown Brooklyn he was known for always having in his pocket a smile sticker for those who needed to turn their frown upside down.
Cornelius loved Brooklyn, bowling and his very large family. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He was known by many names: Lucky, Neil, Con, Connie and Uncle Junior. These are a testament to the many people in his life who cherished being known and loved by him.
No Sheehan family party was complete without his rendition of Danny Boy and at least one joke that left you shaking your head but still smiling.
The Wake Service will be held Friday, April 26, 2019 from 4-9pm at McLaughlin and Sons Funeral home, 9620 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209.
Funeral Mass to be held Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 9:30 am at St. Patrick’s Church, 9511 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209.
Kindly suggest donations to his favorite charities in lieu of flowers, Veterans of Foreign War, Wounded Warriors, St. Jude’s Children’s Foundation.