HOLYOKE, Mass. -- Philip William Sheridan Jr. died Feb. 21, 2011, after a very brief illness, which required a stay at the Heritage Hall facility in Agawam, Mass.
He was born in Manchester, N.H., March 18, 1923, to Philip and Elizabeth (Grady) Sheridan.
He grew up in Manchester, N.H., and attended McDonnell Grammar School and St. Joseph High School.
He completed one year at Manhattan College in New York, before joining the U.S. Air Force for World War II service. He trained as a bomber pilot and in June 1944 he went overseas to join the 8th Air Force in England. He completed 73 reconnaissance-type missions until his return to the U.S. in September 1945.
He married Marilyn E. Waring of South Hadley in June 1947.
He graduated with a degree in engineering in May, 1949.
He worked as an engineer at Tighe & Bond., working his way up to president and chief engineer, retiring in September 1995.
He was active in the Holyoke Rotary Club and the Professional Engineering Association.
He was predeceased by his wife, Marilyn, who died in 2009 and by three children, Philip III, Robert, and Mary, who died as infants.
Family members include his sister, Jane Comer, of Manchester, N.H.; eight children: Elizabeth "Betty" Larivee of Holyoke; Diane Garcia of San Diego, Calif.; Nancy Burns of Longmeadow; Patrick Sheridan of New Bedford; Jane Merrill of Suffield, Conn.; Susan Lawson of Holyoke; Thomas Sheridan of West Springfield; Ann Shevlin of Keller, Texas; 20 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren: nieces and nephews.
SERVICES: Calling hours will be held Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m.
The funeral will be held Friday at 9:30 a.m. from Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton St., Holyoke, followed by a Mass in Holy Cross Church in Holyoke at 10:30 a.m.
Burial will be in Saint Rose Cemetery, South Hadley.
Memorial donations may be made to Philip W. Sheridan--Tighe & Bond Scholarship Fund through the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, Springfield, MA or to Holy Cross Church, Holyoke.