FRANCIS T. SHERIDAN - BURLINGTON - Francis T. Sheridan passed away peacefully on Sept. 27, 2013, at the age of 87. He was born in Montpelier, to Marcia (Edson) and Francis Sheridan Sr. He graduated from St. Michael's High School and joined the U.S. Air Force in 1944. Francis was a proficient air traffic controller, but chose to enroll at the University of Vermont and graduated in 1950. He worked at the Chittenden Trust Company for 35 years as a Vice President and Trust Officer. When he retired, Francis volunteered doing taxes for seniors through AARP, was a member of SCORE, and worked with JUMP at the First Congregational Church. He had a beautiful singing voice and was a member of the Green Mountain Barbershop Chorus for 61 years. He was a member of the first barbershop quartet to appear on WCAX. Francis genuinely loved being around people and hearing the stories they shared. His sweetheart, Sylvia Merrill, predeceased him after 57 years of marriage. He is survived by his three adoring daughters, Valerie Burns and husband, Stephen, of Williston, Susan Degnen and husband, David, of Woodbury Heights, N.J., and Barbara Mason and husband, David, of Greensboro N.C.; brother, James Sheridan and wife, Corrine, of Montpelier; sisters-in-law, June Paul and Cynthia Price: his pride and joy, the seven grandchildren, Christopher Burns and wife, Kristy, Jessica Burns, Kathleen Degnen, Tracey (Degnen) Howard and husband, John, Thomas Degnen, Andrea and Olivia Mason; cherished great-grandsons, Aidan and Thomas Burns; and special friend, Lucille Boedy. The family extends their gratitude to the staff at Pillsbury Manor and Birchwood Terrace who cared for Dad the last years of his life. A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church in Burlington on Oct. 12, 2013, at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
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Published in The Burlington Free Press from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2, 2013