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Michael J. Higgins Funeral Service Inc.

321 South Main Street, New City, NY

OBITUARY

James McSherry

21 February , 194718 July , 2019
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James T. McSherry, formerly of Stony Point, NY passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2019 after a long battle with glioblastoma. Jim passed away at home surrounded by friends and family. He was 72 years old. Jim is survived by his wife Susan (Mottolese) of 49 years, his sister Maryanne Liquori, his two sons James McSherry (Lisa) and Tim McSherry (Michelle), his daughter Heather Maragulia (Chris), 5 grandchildren- Brendon, Liam, Connor, Michael and Madison as well as many nieces, nephews and close friends. Jim was born February 21, 1947 in Manhattan to Thomas and Mary McSherry and grew up in New City, NY, graduating from Clarkstown High School in 1965. After serving 2 years in the US Army as a military policeman, Jim joined the NYPD in 1969. Later that year he met his wife Susan and after a brief courtship they were married in 1970. After retiring from the police department in 1983, Jim discovered his passion for youth soccer and started a second career as a coach, board member and then president of the North Rockland Soccer Association. Jim was instrumental in starting the NRSA travel program and as a coach, Jim led his beloved Wildcats girls soccer team to a state championship and on to become one of the premier youth soccer programs in the country. In addition to coaching, Jim’s loves included his family, being a grandpa, travel and playing golf. In 2006 Jim and Susan moved from Stony Point to Greenbrier Oceanaire Golf Community in Waretown NJ where they made many wonderful friends and Jim was able to play golf year-round. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, July 30th 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM at Higgins Funeral Home located at 321 South Main St, New City NY 10956. A funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, July 31st at 10 AM at St Francis Assisi Church in West Nyack, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Jim may be made to the Family Reach Foundation which is a financial lifeline for families fighting cancer. Website for Donations: https://familyreach.org/donate/donate-to-family-reach/ Donation Type- Gift in Memory Or Make checks payable to Family Reach Foundation, in memory of James McSherry Family Reach Foundation 1719 Route 10 Suite 303 Parsippany, NJ 07054

Services

  • Memorial Visitation Tuesday, 30 July , 2019
  • Memorial Mass Wednesday, 31 July , 2019

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Peter Conlon

16 August 2019

****** I knew Jim in the Army. We both Were in the 189th MP Co. at Miesau,Germany. He arrived there shortly after I did around Oct. 1966. I left for Vietnam in Jan 1968. I ran into Jim in 1972 when he was in what was then the 14th Pct. in Manhattan. I saw him near Times Square.and We reminisced briefly. Saw him one more time late in 1974 near 6th Ave.

******* He was a Good, Solid,Dependable Man.

******* My Condolensces to all in his Family.

Jennifer Mavrorasakis

31 July 2019

I met Jim when my daughter, Christy, was playing rec soccer. He approached me and asked me if I would be interested in having her play travel. I was. He was putting together a new girl’s team, that he named, “The Wildcats,” and Christy Was given the opportunity to play with some of the most talented kids that NR ever turned out. Jim was a dedicated coach...tough, but under that skin was a heart of gold. His goal was to win a state cup, and he accomplished it! I will never forget those days and the impact Jim had on both my daughter and I. We loved him dearly...he spent many years helping to build the NRSA, and make it the club it is today. It was a pleasure to have known him. Rest In Peace dearest Jim, you will be missed by many
Jennifer and Christy

Paul Lang

30 July 2019

I remember when I was coaching the U8 boys in Washingtonville around 1984 and having what I thought was much success, I get a call from this Jim McSherry in North Rockland asking if we would like to scrimmage his team. It was the beginning of a great friendship and hours upon hours of great conversation, stories and laughs. We never did beat the Rangers but we had fun.
What Jim did for NRSA is beyond belief. Countless hours dedicated to the complex and his players. I stopped at the fields on the way home today and thought about how proud he was when a new field was opened or a new light pole was put up. I felt like I saw him standing there today, in front of the concession stand, looking out from under the brim of his hat, surveying what he had done and he was happy...although I didn't see a smile, just that 'look'.
We all have been blessed to have been in the presence of a truly great man.
Rest easy Jim, your work is done. I'll see you on the other side.


Bobbi & Kenny Pearson

29 July 2019

Knowing Jim for over 30 years, you learned that as a coach, he would do anything for his players. He organized soccer tournaments and college showcases to display his team and improve their skills. He contacted college coaches to show up at games and watch his players. He gave his players his all and didn’t ask for anything in return.
Jim was larger than life. He was such a good friend for many years and will always hold a special place in our hearts. We’ll miss him, but we have so many good memories of our times together. Thanks, Jim, for your friendship and for all you did.
Bobbi & Kenny Pearson

Michele Galante

29 July 2019

To Jim and Family,

The times we spent with Jim and the whole Willdcat family were very memorable indeed. He was a big hearted diamond in the rough. He did everything he could to make the experience a winning one.
So many of our girls went on to great careers at great colleges, my Katherine included. He was the best recruiter I have ever seen.

I admired his Grit and determination, with a caring nature underneath. We owe a debt of gratitude to Jim for setting our girls out on the right path in life.

May your soul Rest In Peace, Coach, from all the Galante’s .......

Michele B Galante, MD
Penny B Galante, RN MA
Katherine J Galante
Michael M Galante

Thomas Liquori

23 July 2019

My Uncle Jim had a love for sports. He strongly believed that parents having their child involved in sports teaches them discipline, teamwork, responsibility, and most of all keeps kids out of trouble.
I also liked his honesty and dry sense of humor. He never cared whether people liked him or disliked him. He always made funny sarcastic comments that made me laugh. RIP Uncle Jim. You will be missed!


Heather and Rob Regenye

23 July 2019

Our deepest sympathy to the entire McSherry family. May you find peace, joy, and comfort in the loving memories you shared. Take care of yourselves now and always. Love Rob, and Heather Regenye

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