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Cornelius Sheehan

Cornelius Sheehan

Friday, July 19th, 1935 - Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019
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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.

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.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, April 26th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday, April 26th, 2019 4:00pm - 9:00pm
    McLaughlin & Sons Funeral Home
    9620 - Third Avenue
    BROOKLYN, NY 11209
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  • Service

    Saturday, April 27th, 2019 | 9:30am
    Saturday, April 27th, 2019 9:30am
    St. Patrick's Church
    9511 4th Avenue
    BROOKLYN, NY 11209
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  • Interment

    Greenwood Crematory
    500 25th Street
    Brooklyn, New York, NY 11232
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Yvonne Jenkins

Posted at 10:25pm
I'm very sorry about the loss of your loved one, death is a hurtful thing to the ones we love and cherish & something that we don't want to deal with. I want to share with you encouraging words from the Bible on what Jehovah God promises that sickness and death will be done away with. Such as these Scriptures: " No resident will say I am sick" (Isaiah 33:24), "He will wipe out the tears from our eyes & death will be no more " (Revelation 21: 3 , 4 ) and I am the resurrection and the life " (John 11:25, 26). May Jehovah comfort you during this difficult time. 

Janet & Mike Rocco

Posted at 12:05pm
We are so sad Neil has passed. The world won't be as happy. He always had a smile and a kind word for everyone.
Our prayers are with you.
Janet and Mike Rocco


Posted at 08:17am
My sincere condolences to the family Sheehan for the lost of your beloved father, sharing this message from the Bible where our God Jehovah promised a resurrection for our dear ones. Acts 24:15, and give everlasting life here on the earth in a renewed paradise Psalms 37:11,29, while we wait for these blessings in a near future that the peace of God be with the family.

Cinda Lawrence

Posted at 03:05pm
Dear Maryellen, Sam, April, Nicole and all your family,

My deepest sympathies on this painful loss. No person could ask for a more beautiful and supportive family - bless you for the life you shared with this extraordinary person. My heart is with you all. Much love, Cinda

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