EXETER - Paul A. Sheehan, 92, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at the Exeter Hospital.
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He was born December 21, 1920 in Amesbury, Mass.., son of the late Arthur and Edna Sheehan. Paul's mother Edna, at an early age, passed away. Arthur later remarried and Violet Sheehan became Paul's longtime step-mother.
Paul was a graduate of Amesbury High School. Most notably, he served 35 years as a court reporter for the State of NH from 1949-1984, being highly proficient with the stenotype machine in the courtroom. In 1941, His first job was with the federal government in the Boston area, covering hearings of the National Labor Relations Board, Interstate Commerce Commission, Federal Aviation Commission, and the like.
In 1942, he worked with the Coast Guard in Boston covering courts martials. Later he was sent to the island of Greenland to report conferences of ship captains involving convoys. He left the frozen north because he passed an examination and was sent to the Coast Guard Academy, New London, Conn. for officers training, from which he graduated on D-day. For the remainder of WWII, he was an officer at sea. After the war, he joined an agency in Boston, which reported government hearings in the six New England states.
In 1947 he went to New Orleans to manage a reporting office which was responsible for covering NLRB hearings in the Gulf states. Next he was offered a job in the Pentagon with the office of the Army Inspector General. Sheehan went to New York on smuggling cases, but before long, got the opportunity he had wanted; to be a court reporter. He went to Dade County, Fla. to the circuit court, where he did all murder and rape cases. They were all mandatory death penalties at that time.
After only seven months, he received a letter from Judge Stephen Wheeler of the NH Superior Court, for a position as a court reporter there. At the age of 30 in the Old Center St. location of St. Michael Church, he married Shirley Light, and they settled in Exeter to start a family.
Paul was a devoted longtime communicant of St. Michael Church, Exeter. He was a proud member of the Fraternity of Fatima, Apostolate of Fatima, and President of the Blue Army. He was an avid golfer and was a member of the Exeter Country Club. Paul and Shirley were world travelers, having greatly enjoyed visiting nearly 20 countries.
Paul was pre deceased by his wife on August 7, 2005.
He is survived by his daughter, Karen Walker of Exeter; his son, Kevin Sheehan of Portland, Conn.; four grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held Tuesday, April 2, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Brewitt Funeral Home, 14 Pine St., Exeter, NH.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, April 3, at 10 a.m., at St. Michael Church, Exeter.
Burial with military honors will follow in the Exeter Cemetery.
Flowers are acceptable, or donations may be made in his memory to the Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., NYC, NY 10016.
For more information, please visit www.brewittfuneralhome.com.
Brewitt Funeral Home
14 Pine Street
Exeter, NH 03833
Published in The Concord Monitor on Mar. 29, 2013