Mike Sheridan, 77, of Justus, died on Saturday morning at home. His wife was the former Sarah Dempsey. They were married on July 7, 1956.
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Born in Clarks Summit, he was the son of the late Michael and Minerva Nichols Sheridan. A 1953 graduate of Clarks Summit High School, he completed a certificate of industrial electronic technology at Penn State Extension. He also held a vocational degree from Temple University and Penn State University. Mike had a strong work ethic that he developed as a young boy as he worked with the Maryknoll Brothers at Vernard College in Clarks Summit. He worked in New Jersey at a defense plant and then in Scranton at Coyer Motors and Scranton Buick. He was employed by Associated Transport in maintenance as the working foreman until it closed. He then owned and operated his own collision repair shop. He also taught adult evening courses at Lackawanna Career Technology Center for about 36 years. He enjoyed being a member of the National Ski Patrol for more than 30 years, starting at Mount Tone and continuing on at Elk Mountain. He was also a member and officer of the Scranton Ski Club for many years. He was an instructor of first aid and CPR for the American Red Cross and a member of the Scott Twp. Dive and Rescue Squad, the Scranton Region Antique Automobile Club and a lifetime member of the Susquehanna Bee Keeper's Association. He was a very active member in the community. He was a Lakeland School Board director at the time of the Lakeland jointure. He also served on a developing committee for the Lackawanna Vocational Technical Center. He was also an active member of the Scott Twp. Historical Society, where he held the offices of secretary and vice president, and also served as chairman of the committee that restored seven family cemeteries. He supported the Scott Little League Booster Club and many Lakeland High School sports teams. A member of St. John Vianney Parish at Corpus Christi Church, Montdale, his final membership was the Knights of Columbus at Corpus Christi Church, achieving Fourth- Degree Knight.
He was an active and supportive member and he worked with many fine men who have been a great support to him during his illness. He also enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, gardening, canning and attending his grandchildren's sporting events and other activities. He thoroughly enjoyed the years of Sarah's family meals and baking.
His family would like to express gratitude to the Knights of Columbus for their financial and emotional support; the many neighbors "on the hill and up the road," for their constant help and support in many ways; the many friends and family members that provided support throughout the past year; his primary physician, Dr. Sean McCall; and finally, to the many nurses and other staff from Hospice of the Sacred Heart that have helped manage his wishes to be back home.
He is also survived by three daughters, Patti Phillips and husband, Joe, Oneonta, N.Y.; JoAnn Carito and husband, Frank, Greenfield Twp.; and Sue Ferke and companion, David Tully, Olyphant; 10 grandchildren, Michael Phillips and wife, Dana; Dr. Maureen Longfellow and husband, Dr. Todd; Sarah Phillips, Frankie, Trina, Kevin and Shawn Carito; Dr. Michael Kipp, Stephen and Patrick Ferke; two great-grandchildren, Jason Phillips and Zach Longfellow; a sister, Peggy Gates; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Pat Lou Strong, Bob and Mary Fitzmaurice; Gertrude Sanko, Bob and Louise Hedden; Michele and Ed Smigiel; several nieces and nephews; grandnieces and grandnephews.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Gene and George Sheridan; brothers-in-law, Howard Gates, Harvey Strong, and Peter Sanko; sister-in-law, Kathryn Dempsey; nieces, Erica McGuire and Bridgette Strong; nephews, Jimmy Gates and Robert Hedden Jr.; and son-in-law, Michael Ferke.
The funeral will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Vianney Parish at Corpus Christi Church, 704 Montdale Road, Montdale, the Rev. Michael J. Kirwin, pastor, will preside. Burial will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Justus. Friends are asked to proceed directly to the church the morning of the funeral.
Friends may call today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Hudak-O'Shea Funeral Home, 115 Garfield Ave., Olyphant.
For directions or online condolences, visit www.hudak-osheafuneralhome.com.
Published in Scranton Times on Nov. 11, 2012