Richard T. Sheridan age 53, of Zephyrhills, passed away Saturday, September 5th, 2020 at Hospice House of Lakeland surrounded by his loving family after a year long, courageous battle with cancer.
He was born in Glens Falls, New York on November 21st 1966, to loving parents Martin and Elizabeth (Griffith) Sheridan.
Richard graduated from Tarpon Springs High School in 1985 and prior to that he spent part of his childhood growing up in Wales, Great Britain. He was always very proud of his Welsh heritage and that is where he first learned his soccer playing skills. After high school, Richard went on to serve 4 years in the United States Coast Guard, primarily stationed in Clearwater, Florida and later completed Marine Mechanics School. He later worked as a sales representative for a couple national companies including Nestlé, Acosta, and Kraft and most recently was employed by Countywide in Hillsborough County. He was an active member of Faith Baptist Church in Wesley Chapel for many years.
Richard had the uncanny ability to leave a positive and long lasting impression on everyone he met. He was truly one of the best, a kind hearted and gentle soul, a loving family man, the best son, brother, father and friend anyone could ever hope for. Richard adored his family and friends and his children were his entire life. Richard was man of integrity, strong faith and fierce loyalty and worked hard to instill these values in his children. Richard has been blessed with a multitude of beautiful, kind, and caring people in his life which is truly a testament to who he is.
Richard (aka Rickey to his family and Rich to his friends) was so vibrant and full of life. He was an avid sports fan and loved his Denver Broncos, the Florida Gators and he loved watching and playing soccer, especially with his four children. Richard enjoyed nature, fishing and the outdoors and was a true animal lover. He never turned away a stray or left a turtle in the road or kept the fish he caught, it was always catch and release. Richard loved to visit Fred Howard Park on weekends and kick the ball around with his children, then catch a sunset and have some Greek food in downtown Tarpon Springs after visiting with his family. To know Richard was to love Richard. He was truly a special man, and while he is gone too soon, we were blessed to have him the short time he was here. He will be deeply missed by so many.
Left to cherish his memory are his children, Gareth, Lexie, Kayleen, and Nicolas; his parents Martin and Elizabeth; and siblings David Sheridan, and Tami Sheridan-Orlando (Joseph).
There will be a memorial service on Friday, September 18th, 2020 at 6:00 pm at Faith Baptist Wesley Chapel 6300 Oakley Blvd Wesley Chapel, Fl.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Richard's memory to the American Cancer Society or to your local animal shelter.
Arrangements By Hodges Family Funeral Home 54 Chapel Zephyrhills, Fl.Read More