William Alexs Sharkey

September 18, 1942July 21, 2021
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South Yarmouth – William Alexs Sharkey passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday July 21, 2021 after a brief illness at Cape Cod Hospital. He was 78 years old. He was the son of the late Harry and Sue (Davis) Sharkey. Bill graduated from Brockton High in 1960. He served in the Coast Guard from 1962 to 1966, serving overseas during the Vietnam Conflict. After his service, he moved to Cape Cod and began a career as a Commercial Lobsterman as part of the Chatham commercial fishing community for over 15 years. At the height of his fishing career, from sunup to sundown, he managed more than 1,000 lobster pots located from Truro to Chatham. He fished out of Chatham Fish Pier on his lobster boat, “The Helene S” named after his wife Helene the Mother of his three children. After his retirement from lobstering, Bill followed his next passion of numismatics and opened Bass River Coin Store in South Yarmouth where he worked up until his death. The business flourished for more than 40 years and was a local landmark. Bill is survived by the mother of his children, Helene Sharkey (Murray) of Harwich, MA, his three children, Christopher William and his wife Patricia of New Orleans, LA. William Joseph and his wife Christine of Potomac, MD. and Jeannine Susan of Winthrop. He also leaves behind his Sister Susan Harvey and her husband Bruce of Killingsworth, CT., his grandchildren, TJ, Megan and Sophia as well as his niece and nephew Amelia and Eli. Bill was known for contentment from simple pleasures such as gardening, enjoying a good cup of coffee, sitting by a wood fire, relaxing on the beach, listening to the “oldies” and was talented at crafting stained glass lamps. He was also known for his love of Hawaiian shirts. Bill was incredibly proud of his Lithuanian ancestry and enjoyed cooking authentic Lithuanian dishes as well as a love of cooking and enjoyed great food. A Celebration of Life will be held from 4 PM-7 PM on Thursday August 5th at Nickerson Funeral Home in Chatham. Bill had a strong love and connection to the ocean so a burial at sea will follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in William’s memory to Cape Cod Commercial Fisherman’s Alliance.


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Charles Brandolino

October 17, 2021

Thanks for sharing the pictures of Bill and family. For a number of years, when Bass River Coin was open on Saturdays, I would hang out with Bill and Jimmy Queenan. Miss those days, and I am sad that I didn't keep much in touch with Bill afterwards. Sincere sympathies to Bill's family and friends.

Jodi Dills

August 17, 2021

I wish someone had contacted me when my "Sweet William" left us...
Jeanine was left my name and number in case of ANYTHING happening to Bill...
I have been a close friend to Bill for about 20 years!!!
I am gonna miss that smile, those twinkling blue eyes, and his love of the outdoors/ he loved gardening - he often gave me some fresh veggies to bring home... He even brought me out on his boat -back when he lived in the cottage on the lake- and showed me about lobstering!!! I loved it!!! I also used to love hearing about the odd things that would come into his Shop - Bass River Coins!!! I visited him at the shop, when he moved from the cottage to please Theresa (He didn't want to leave there - He LOVED that place). Who has his cats??? They've got to be missing him HORRIBLY!!! Sheba and Mely - Hugs to you sweet Girls....

There are 2 items I would like, if it's not too much trouble...
A mixed media MERMAID picture - about 10 x 14 andba very small crystal/glass lobster engraved circle - shaped, about 3"-4"
Clear - I gave that to him after he took me on his boat, the Mermaid, mixed media, I had JUST given him last time I visited... I think it was Springtime...I am ill myself...I've read this a dozen times cuz I keep thinking it CAN'T BE TRUE!!!
I wish I was able to say good-bye...We had spoken on the phone a few times and Bill knew how much I TRULY LOVED HIM

Bonnie Haas

August 12, 2021

Dear Helene,
My sincere condolences to you and your family on the passing of William.
I hope you are well and it sounds as though he had a wonderful and fulfilling life.

Best regards,
Bonnie Haas

Chip Phelan

August 10, 2021

My sincere condolences to the Sharkey family. It's been many years since I spent two memorable and profitable summers as Bill's mate on the Helene S. He was a great guy and taught me skills that have served me well all my life. I still tell stories from those days. My favorite is the time we had a less than great catch. Bill decided to give the lobsters away to people he felt deserved a random act of kindness. I'm sure the fact that some of them were bartenders was just a coincidence, but we did have a few drinks on the house.

Wayne & Barbara Eaton

August 7, 2021

Hello Sharkey Family
It is with sorrow we learn of Bill's Passing.
As neighbors in South Harwich we raised our children together
as they attended Harwich school system.
Deran and Ingrid also send their condolenses.
We remember Fathom as he would come visit us because we had a k-9 female named Emily. He would be amorous and she was not.
Best Wishes to all

The Eatons on Marthas Lane

Deborah Queenan

August 5, 2021

I was very sad to hear of Bill‘s passing, my husband Jim and him shared a lot of wonderful memories he was a great guy will be very missed