John Clayton Sheehan
East Charlotte - It is with heavy hearts we share that our beloved John Clayton Sheehan, lifelong resident of East Charlotte, Vermont, passed away on Monday, March 12, 2018, surrounded by his large, loving family at the University of Vermont Medical Center. John was 90 years old.
John was born on November 22, 1927 in East Charlotte to the parents of Clayton and Mae (Casey) Sheehan. He was raised alongside of his siblings, Charlotte Dolliver and Shirley Marshall. John attended and graduated from Vergennes High School in 1945, noting how proud he was to be a member of his high school's basketball and baseball teams.
Following graduation, John enlisted in the United States Army, where he was stationed in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Shortly after enlisting, he was transferred to the United States Air Force, where he served as an Auto Diesel Mechanic for three years. Throughout his time in the U.S.A.F., John traveled around the United States of America and the world proudly serving his country. We are all proud to call him a World War II Veteran.
In 1948, John returned to East Charlotte, Vermont, where he began farming alongside of his father. Shortly thereafter, while driving through Vergennes, he saw and met the love of his life, Helen Looby. John and Helen were married on November 28, 1953, surrounded by their friends and family. Shortly thereafter, they established their family home in East Charlotte, adding six children to their family over the course of 16 years, all while simultaneously running two nearby farms. John was one of the hardest workers and kindest gentleman we have ever met, working seven days a week year after year to support his family and his farms.
In addition, John took on other jobs beyond his two farms and family, including being one of the first school bus drivers for C.V.U.H.S. when it opened in 1964. John spoke fondly of traveling around the state with C.V.U. sports teams as their driver, cheering them on at each event. In addition to his love of farming and sports, John's family provided him an abiding source of joy and fulfillment. He was a devoted husband and father, sharing his time and interests with his wife and six children.
After 18 years of tirelessly running his farms, pouring his sweat and dedication into making them successful, with heavy hearts John and Helen reluctantly took the Dairy Buyout. After doing so, John and Helen took a much deserved and overdue vacation to Florida. Upon their return to Vermont, John began working for Andy Marshall Excavation, alongside his nephew, and eventually Hinsdale Properties. John finished his working career driving trucks and running heavy machinery for the Town of Charlotte.
Following his long career and retirement, John spent as much time outdoors as he could. He most enjoyed mowing his lawn on his John Deere tractor, and helping his son John II with his lawn mowing business. John looked forward to the annual East Charlotte Tractor Parade each fall, where he most recently served as Parade Marshal the last two years. John also loved having visitors in his home, and always welcomed family and friends for a cup of coffee and treats around his dining room table. He loved being surrounded by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It was not unusual to drive by his home and see John and one of his dogs sitting on the porch. Most recently, you would have found John sitting there with his cherished Jack Russell Terrier, Jackie. They will both miss each other deeply.
Last fall, in November of 2017, John and his entire family were overwhelmed by the amount of cards, treats, phone calls, and visits he received for his 90th birthday from friends, neighbors, and the community of Charlotte, which he loved and lived in for his entire life. John continued to talk about his 90th birthday party until his final days with us. This was one of John's most memorable life events.
While John's long life was marked with tremendous successes and so much love, it was also marked with the deep loss of his beloved son Patrick John in 1995, and his sweetheart of 52 years, Helen in 2006.
This quick-witted, talented man will be missed. Anyone lucky enough to have met John will never forget him. John was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need and many people can attest to the immense uplift he provided when they needed a true friend or confidant.
John is survived by his five children, JoAnn and her husband Joseph Verga, Kathy and her husband Dennis Shackett, John Sheehan II, Marty and her husband Darrell Brown, Michael and his wife Teresa Sheehan; daughter-in-law Vivian Sheehan; grandchildren: Sarah (Shackett) Murphy and her husband Moses, Chris Shackett and his wife Kerry, Ashley (Reed) Husk and her husband Andy, Lily Brown and her partner Shephard Kimberly, Patrick Brown and his wife Harlie, Sophie Brown, Aaron Brown, Lindsay Sheehan and her partner Anthony Cain, Courtney (Sheehan) Griffin and her husband Charlie, Emily Sheehan and her partner Sean Heffernan, and Meghan Sheehan; great-grandchildren: Lauren, Connor and Declan Husk, Nolan Griffin, Finnegan Murphy, and one more on the way. John is also survived and loved by many nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his wife, Helen, his son, Patrick, his parents, Clayton and Mae, and his sisters and their husbands, Shirley and Thomas Marshall, and Charlotte and Donald Dolliver.
Funeral arrangements are being provided by Stephen C. Gregory and Son Cremation Service. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 3:00 pm at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Shelburne, VT with a celebration of John's wonderful life to follow on site.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Vermont-Northern New England Chapter, in the name of Lindsay Sheehan.