ALGONQUIN – Patrick Harold Sheahan, 84, of Algonquin, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, in a fire in his home. |
Patrick was born March 16, 1928, in Taylorville, to William Henry and Gladys Lenora Sill Sheahan. Patrick served in the United States Army during the Korean conflict; after his honorable discharge from the Army, Patrick attended University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in business education.
After obtaining his master's degree, Patrick taught high school business courses at Joliet Township High School; he then taught high school business at Big Rapids High School in Big Rapids, Mich. After leaving Big Rapids, he attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, where he received his Doctor of Education degree in 1972. After receiving his Ed.D, he taught business education at California State University in Northridge, Calif., for one year. He then relocated to Park Forest, where he taught business education at Governors State University in University Park. After teaching at Governors State, Patrick taught business education at DePaul University in Chicago until his retirement in 1979. Patrick moved to Elgin in 1977, where he resided until 1981, when he moved to Algonquin.
Patrick was active in the neighborhood association of the Indian Grove subdivision in Algonquin. He worked as a Realtor for Stark Realtors in Elgin, and owned and operated Alpha-Zed, a home computer-service company. Patrick spent his spare time researching family genealogy, reading mysteries, watching classic movies, listening to big-band music and enjoying the companionship of his beloved dog, Jack.
Patrick is survived by his nephew, Robert Dale Sheahan Jr. and his wife, Jackie, of Mosinee, Wis.; and close friends, Philip and Mary Martin of Algonquin.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Gladys; brothers, Edward Thomas Sheahan, William Daniel Sheahan and Robert Dale Sheahan; sister, Eulala Margaret Sheahan Longden Lewis; and his companion of 39 years, David V. Erickson.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, in the Algonquin Cemetery at Route 31 and Cary Algonquin Road. Cremation rites have been accorded.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Patrick's name can be made to The Sisters of The Holy Family of Nazareth, Des Plaines.
Wait-Ross-Allanson Funeral & Cremation Services Chapel, 201 S. Main St., Algonquin, is assisting the family.
For information, call the funeral home at 847-658-4232 or visit www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com.
Published in the Northwest Herald on Jan. 17, 2013