Dear Sharkey Family, When I see the picture of Siobhan all the memories of her as a child come back. She was a sweet and lovely child to care for. I was only 8 years older than Siobhan when I began babysitting for her family. She enjoyed helping me take care of her younger brother Edward. The day that Catherine was born I was there to take care of Siobhan and Edward. They were so excited about their new baby sister. I will remember her sweet smile. As I read these entries of love I see what an amazing person she came to be.
Phoebe,Bob and all the family,
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you find solace that Siobhan is with the Lord.
What a heartbreak to lose such a ray of sunshine so prematurely. My prayers are with her - and with you - her beloved family and dearest friends.
I don't believe I've ever met a person with the combination of intelligence, humor, compassion, and humility that Siobhan possessed. I noticed early as a classmate of hers at Penn, that the center of our social activities often gravitated around Siobhan although she was not one to seek the attention. Her infectious smile will always hold a place in my memories. I am reminded of The words of Robert Louis Stevenson:
"We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend".
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Dear Bob, Phoebe and family....You have my deepest sympathy in your loss and my prayers and thoughts also....Hopefully the memories will suastain you always..
Denise Wilson-Taylor, Washington, DC
I have known Shiobhan through her remarkable work for the past several decades. We worked together to "help change the world" in the National Chronic Care Consortium back in the early 90's. Shiobhan was one of those people for whom those were not just words, she worked to make that happen. I am so very sad, and send thoughts and prayers to her entire family and wide circle of friends. The world is a little darker without her remarkable light.
I remember Siobhan as a visionary. She was not just a dreamer, but someone who made things happen. She had the courage to engage with really big issues (like health care delivery) and experiment and engage with new approaches. She didn't just "discuss and wonder", but actually worked towards making changes. She will be missed by those who knew her and those who didn't know her, but were positively influenced by her hard work. My heart goes out to your whole family.
Siobhan always struck me as a person with vision, but she wasn't just a dreamer she made things happen. She was able to engage with big issues (like long established health care practices)and dive in to create change. When other people "discussed and wondered" Siobhan was experimenting and making things happen. I was always in awe of her humble ability to make a difference in the world. She will be missed by those who knew her and by those who didn't know her but were positively influenced by her hard work. My heart is with your whole family.
Siobhan was such a joy to be around during our two years together at Wharton. There was such a positive energy when in her presence. Though the two years seem brief in retrospect, the memories of her burn very bright. I am so glad I got one last chance to be with her again when she returned for our 20th reunion in order to gain a couple more memories of her smile and laughter.
Her smile and her whit will always be remembered.
My condolences to Siobhan's family - she will be missed.
I don't think I called her "Siobhan" much. She was much more of a "SHARKEY!" to me: A Norm/Cheers-like experience at Wharton.
I'm very moved by our loss.
Siobhan was a wonderful person in life and her beautiful, kind, fun-loving spirit will live on in my memory, and certainly in that of the many, many people whose lives she touched. My condolences to the Sharkey family. She will be missed.
Speaking for the rest of the Play Group Parents, I can assure you, Phoebe and Bob, that you have all of our sympathy. None of us can imagine anything more difficult nor heartbreaking than losing one of our own children. While most of us are far removed from West 29th Street at this point (though the McElroys are still on Guilford), we all treasure those hours we spent struggling to be good parents to our excellent and superior children, of whom Siobhan was most certainly one.
This comes with love to you two and your family.
Siobhan was my such a joy as a classmate at Wharton.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
love leaves a memory no one can steal.
Our deepest sympathy to the extended Sharkey family.
--Sujata Pherwani Belvedere, CA
I'm truly sorry for your loss. May you be comforted by God in your time of need.
Dear Judge Sharkey and Phoebe,
May the peace of God, which surpasseth all understanding be with you and comfort you and your family during this time of bereavement.
Siobhan was the neighbor we never got to know. We were expecting her to move to Fountain Hills full time, but it was not to be. Our prayers are with her family, her friends and her business partner, Sandy.
Norm and Barb Higgins
I was so sorry to read about Siobhan's passing. She and my daughter Anne Davis were early playmates in Wyman park dell. I remember Siobhan dressed in her pretty winter coat and her taking ice skating lessons. This is well over 40 years ago. Please accept my sincerest sympathy. Sandy Waters.
I was truly saddened to hear of your daughter's passing. Siobhan and were classmates at Roland Park. Although I do not believe I had seen Siobhan since we graduated in 1983, I have nothing but fond memories of her. I had some tough times during my four years at RPCS, but your daughter was ALWAYS a bright light in my world; always uplifting, always compassionate , always encouraging, always blessing others with her infectious smile and laugh.
When I think of Siobhan, I am reminded of the words of Dr. Maya Angelou: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Your daughter ALWAYS made me feel like I mattered and I will forever be thankful for the indelible impression Siobhan made on me ~ one that speaks volumes to the sheer joy that was within her.
May the soul of Siobhan and all of the faithfully departed through the mercy of God rest in peace and may perpetual light shine upon her...
~ Dr. Lora F. Hargrove
I am heartbroken for the entire family over your loss.
I remember Siobhan as a vibrant young woman and terrific student... one of my all time favorites. M deepest sympathy to all of you.
Myra S. Goldgeier
I remember Siobhan as a sweet, lively little girl for whom I babysat some afternoons when I was a student at the College of Notre Dame in the late sixties and early seventies. She seems to have grown up to be a wonderful woman whose work contributed so much. My deepest sympathy goes to her parents and siblings.
I remember Siobhan well at Wharton as such a bright, vibrant and engaging member of our community. My deepest sympathy to the extended Sharkey family.
All of us here at Wharton Health Care Program are deeply saddened at the loss of one of our brightest, most talented, most joyful graduates. I can still hear her hearty laugh ringing in our halls. I am so happy that she came to her 25th reunion at Wharton last May. She said she wanted to be more in touch and to stay closer. I did not know that would be the last time--she was trying to tell me? How we all loved and admired her. She was at the center of everything during her time with us. We were so lucky to know her.
We extend our condolences to her family.
June Kinney on behalf of Wharton Health Care Management Program
I am very sorry for your loss and my heart goes out to you and your family.
With deepest sympathy for your loss of your daughter. Words can't express the sorrow I feel in my heart for you and your family. You and your family are in my prayers.
I am so sad to hear of Siobhan's death. I recall her as a smiley and lively carpool comrade for all those many drives from Homeland to RPCS and again as a fellow student at Yale. I am so sorry for your loss andn send my condolescenses during this very difficult time.
It was always great to see our neighbor Siobhan, as she was the bright bubbly kid who brought a smile to everyone, and then continued to do the same as an adult. We will sorely miss her here, but know that her joyful spirit carries on forever.
With fond memories of Siobhan, who we watched grow up and become a delightful young lady. Bless you, with love,
Siobhan was such a great gift. I feel honored to have known and learned from her – truly one of the best.
Bob and Phoebe, please know that my heartfelt sympathies are with you and your family as you grieve the loss of your daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, friend. I wish I had the words to relieve you of your agony even though words could never be enough. Please accept my condolences. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
My deepest sympathy to Siobhan's family and Aunt Susan. I had the great privilege to work with Siobhan at IHC. While her intelligence and unwavering commitment to improving the quality of healthcare was exemplary, it was her passion and compassion that I will miss the most. Siobhan's work has and will continue to positively impact the lives of many people.
Since we were 5/6 years old, through building snow forts, back-yard football games, spy club, biking (no hands!), making Christmas ornaments and Halloween costumes, roller skating in the alley, teaching me to make Baklava, visiting each other at college, finally getting together again in DC... Maid of Honor in my wedding and Godmother to my oldest.... Through so many tears, I can only be consoled, my dear, dear friend, by all the fun memories and knowing Heaven has a radiant new angel.
I love you, Suzy
Brilliant researcher with tremendous integrity and respect for medicine and the patients we serve. I consider myself fortunate to have learned from such a great role model.
We will miss your warm caring spirit. You are away from us but forever in our hearts and memories. May you rest now in peace.
I so enjoyed Siobhan...she left a positive imprint on everyone's life that she touched...Is there a better legacy? I will miss her.
Thank you for sharing Siobhan. She was truly one of a kind. It is so good to see her beautiful, smiling face once more.
Bonnie McLeod (St. George, UT)
Siobhan,s upbeat personality and positive attitude was so contagious.Working with her on various projects was so rewarding.She will be missed but never forgotten.Our warmest sympathy to the family. The Gurwin facility group.
Siobhan was such an inspiration to us at Carroll Manor in D.C. She will be missed immensly.
Janice and Bonnie
This is the Hour of Lead --
Remembered, if outlived,
As Freezing persons--recollect the Snow -- First -- Chill -- Then Stupor -- then the letting go.
( Emily Dickinson )
Angel, Pat, children and grandchildren are profoundly saddened by Siobhan's premature departure from your - and our - lives. Her bright light is forever ours to have as a keepsake until we all meet again in heaven.
Our love and prayers to all, and to Siobhan that she gives all her family strength and grace in their grieving.
We will so miss you.. your laugh, your optimism, all the good work you have done....
We are so sorry. Love and prayers to all of you.
Pat and Mary Lou
Rest in peace my wonderful cousin. You will be missed
My condolences to all my cousins and Aunt and Uncle on their loss. I love and miss you Siobhan. Your aa shining star lost too early to all of us and we will never forget you. I love and miss you Siobhan.
Siobhan will be missed. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy.
Rest in peace, my friend. Sending my deepest condolences to the Sharkey family. Siobhan was a classmate, a friend, and an inspiration. She will be missed.
Siobhan was a perfect neighbor and she will be sorely missed.
My deepest sympathies to the whole Sharkey family. Siobhan has always been a shining light whose love of life and enthusiasm for everything made all things seem possible. I remember so vividly how she convinced me, the day after we met in the fall of freshman year, to stay seated next to her in the more advanced computer science class we were in and not switch to the intro course down the hall. She then proceeded to hold my hand all semester - our Sunday night all-nighter's were a weekly ritual full of some pretty creative computer programming and lots and lots of laughter. Staying in that seat was the beginning of a friendship I will always treasure. She will most certainly live on in my memory and in the memory of all those who have been touched by her generosity of spirit. I will miss her immensely.
Rest in peace Siobhan. We will miss you
My deepest sympathies to Siobhan's family. She was an inspiration to all who knew her. One of the most generous, positive people I have ever known. An amazing intellect, strong values, always so reasonable. A peacemaker, scholar, and profoundly decent person. Our world would be so much better if there were more like her.