Matthew J. Sheedy
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of Tewksbury; 84
TEWKSBURY -- Matthew J. Sheedy, age 84, died Friday morning May 10, at D'Youville Center for Advanced Therapy in Lowell, with his beloved family at his side. He was the loving husband of the late Kathleen E. (Quinn) Sheedy, who died in 2008.
He was born in Medford on September 6, 1928, the oldest of six children of the late William M. and Mary (Conway) Sheedy. Raised in Medford, Matthew joined the Army in 1946 and served in per-war Korea. After his military service, Matt met and married Kathleen Quinn of Wakefield, MA in 1954. They moved to Tewksbury in 1956 where they raised four children; Kathy, Carol, Paul, and Ann. Matt attended and graduated from Lowell Technological Institute with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked for RCA as a mechanical engineer for 32 years and retired in 1989.
Matt was the proud founder of Tewksbury's N Gauge Model Railroad Club and over the years, constructed an "N gauge" model railroad that filled his entire basement. The quality and size of the display drew the attention of local news stations, devoted model railroad enthusiasts, was a favorite destination for local Boy Scout troops and was a popular stop along the Tour De Chooch.
He also enjoyed playing and watching golf and was an avid fan of the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox.
Matt leaves a large family. He leaves four children and their families: Kathleen and her husband, David Stupack of Methuen; Carol and her husband, John Cahill of New Gloucester, ME; Paul Michael Sheedy and his husband, Brian Shea of Carlisle; Ann Marie of Tewksbury; six grandchildren, Sean and his wife, Mattie Furey; Ryan Furey, all of San Diego, CA; Tammy and her husband, David McGann; Dawn Sheehan, all of Tewksbury; Jake and his wife, Jaimie Cahill of ME; Jonathan and his wife, Amy Cahill of Woburn; a great-grandson, Jack; and was anticipating the birth of his second great-grandchild within weeks. He also leaves three siblings and their families, Paul and his wife, Joan Sheedy of West Bridgewater; Frank and his wife, Ingrid Sheedy of Willow Grove, PA; and Mary and her husband, Rick Pynn of Medford; and many nieces and nephews.
He is the brother of the late William Sheedy and John Sheedy.
SHEEDY -- of Tewksbury, May 10. Matthew J. Sheedy, age 84. Visiting hours are Tuesday, May 14, from 4 pm to 8 pm at the Tewksbury Funeral Home located at the corner of 1 Dewey St. and 975 Main St. (Rte. 38) Tewksbury. The phone number is 800-851-2950 for MA residents and 978-851-2950 otherwise. His funeral will be held Wednesday, May 15, at 11 am at the funeral home, followed by a burial with Army Honors alongside his wife at the Tewksbury Cemetery on East Street in Tewksbury. The family would like to extend its sincere appreciation to the Greater Lowell VNA Hospice for the excellent comfort and care they provided to Matt and his family during the difficult final period of his life. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that mourners consider a donation in Matt's memory to this wonderful organization. They are located at 336 Central St., Lowell, MA 01852 and can be reached online at http://vnalowell.org. The funeral home can be reached online at tewksburyfuneralhome.com.
Tewksbury Funeral Home
975 Main St
Tewksbury, MA 01876
Published in Lowell Sun on May 12, 2013