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James Sheehan

January 23, 1945 — May 16, 2021

James Sheehan

James Michael Sheehan, age 76, of Lynnfield died Sunday, May 16 at his residence surrounded by his loving family after a short illness and undoubtedly a broken heart following the loss of his beloved wife of almost 40 years, Donna.

Born in Malden on January 23, 1945 he was the son of the late John and Nora (Walsh) Sheehan.

"Jim" was raised in Malden and was a graduate of Malden Catholic High School and then went on to receive his bachelor's in business from Boston College. He married Barbara Clark with whom he had four children before Barbara died at a very young age of cancer. While working in Boston's leather district Jim met Donna St. Pierre, his future bride and married in 1981. In 1992, the two began their own business, Sheehan Sales Associates, Inc. where they successfully trademarked and patented textiles that are used in performance products for the footwear industry. Donna and Jim went on to have three more Sheehan children and raised their family of seven in Lynnfield. Jim was devoted to his family and loved nothing more than time spent together. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed making trips all over New England to play different courses. Jim loved all music and the news, he also enjoyed watching the local sports teams, but not more than watching his children and grandchildren in their own athletic endeavors. Together Jim and Donna enjoyed traveling, most especially to Ireland to visit family. They shared a beautiful marriage.

He was the beloved husband of the late Donna S. (St. Pierre) Sheehan. He was the loving father of Kerry A. Connelly and her husband John of Peabody, Monica Sullivan and her husband James of Amesbury, Michael P. Sheehan and his wife Kathryn of Rowley, Christopher Sheehan and his wife Juliana of Brazil, Patrick J. Sheehan and his wife Brenna of Topsfield, Kathleen M. Simione and her husband Joseph of Lynnfield, and Ryan C. Sheehan and his wife Amanda of Lynnfield. He was the brother of John V. Sheehan of Quincy and Kathleen McKenna and her husband Harold of Wakefield. He was the cherished grandfather of Daniel and Timothy Connelly, Sam, Will and Owen Sullivan, Bridget Sheehan, Emilia and Theodore Sheehan, and Victoria and Abigail Sheehan. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews, cousins, and extended family members.

Visitation for relatives and friends at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Thursday from 4-7pm. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Joseph Church, 173 Albion St., Wakefield, on Friday, at 11:30am. COVID guidelines in effect. Masks and social distancing required.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Seasons Hospice Foundation:


May 20, 2021
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

McDonald Funeral Home
19 Yale Ave
Wakefield, MA 01880
(781) 245-3550

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May 21, 2021
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St. Joseph Church
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Wakefield, MA 01880
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