Philip Sheridan Jr.
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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.

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Published in Union Leader on Feb. 23, 2011.
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February 27, 2011
Diane:My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.Your Dad was a very generous and accomplished man,even with the nickname "The General".
February 27, 2011
Dear Nancy, Dan and all the Sheridan family. Please accept my deepest sympathies and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this time of loss.
Pat Sharkey
February 26, 2011
Dear Sheridan Family,
We are filled with sadness for the loss of a wonderful person. He will remain fondly in our memory. We remember both of your parents walking or driving by our house, always stopping to share an amusing comment or wave. He had the best snow shoveled driveway in the neighborhood!
Our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with you.
The Pribula Family
February 24, 2011
Dear Jane,
Sending our love and support to you and your family during this very sad time. We wish so much that we could be there for you and attend the service to honor your dad. Please know how much we love and care for you!
Our deepest sympathy,
Kim & Jimmy
Kim Vogel
February 24, 2011
Sheridan family,

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of sorrow. Laurra Winters (friend of Pat, Carol and Liz)
February 23, 2011
Dear Betty,Pat and members of the Sheridan family. Please accept my deepest sympathies on fhe loss of your father. I have many fond memories of working with and being in his company both professionally and socially. In my mind he was a giant in his field and someone I looked up to and admired. He will truly be missed. I am sorry I will not be able to personally join you at the wake or funeral as I am in Florida until March the second. Ed Ryan
February 23, 2011
The Manhattan College alumni community shares the grief, and is now praying for our fellow alumni and the family at this time. The Alumni Office has been informed. As well as the Jasper Jottings community that I personally can reach. We are all a little poorer now. "No man is an island, entire of itself ... any man's death diminishes me". We are sorry for your loss.
fjohn reinke (mc1968)
February 23, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with Diane and her siblings at this time of loss. I remember "The General" fondly and read with awe the breadth of accomplishments over his long life.
Margaret deJesus
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