John R. Sheehan Sr.

January 29, 1941April 9, 2018

On Monday, April 9, 2018, John Sheehan, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother, passed away after a battle with lung cancer at the age of 77. John will be forever remembered by his wife Gail Sheehan and children; Cindy Clement (Andy), Judy Deon (Dan), Lisa Cascanette (Paul), Tracy Tripp (Steven), Kim Stone (Dave), John (Trina) and Mindy Smith (Robert). John will also be remembered by his brother, Richard Rasmussen, his 19 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. John lived in Menands, NY until the age of 12 and then moved to Potsdam, NY where he lived the rest of his life. In his youth, he enjoyed playing football and riding horses. On November 30, 1963 he married Gail Marie Raymo at Holy Cross Church in Hopkinton, NY. As an adult, John operated his family farm from 1963 to 1992 and served as a member of the West Potsdam Fire Department. John then went to work for the Department of Corrections at Ogdensburg Correctional Facility until his retirement in 2006. John enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time at his hunting camp. He also enjoyed woodworking and completing projects for his family. A memorial mass for John’s life will be held on May 4th at 11 am at St. Mary’s Church in Potsdam, NY with Rev. Stephen Rocker celebrant. A luncheon will follow at the West Potsdam Volunteer Fire Department. Arrangements are with the Garner Funeral Service. Prayers, thoughts and memories can be shared at Memorial donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the West Potsdam Volunteer Fire Department or to the Hospice and Palliative Care of the St. Lawrence Valley.


  • West Potsdam Volunteer Fire Department
  • Hospice and Palliative Care of the St. Lawrence Valley


  • Memorial Mass Friday, May 4, 2018

John R. Sheehan Sr.

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Fred Henderson

May 4, 2018

He was a man of many talents and my friend. We did so many things together. From when we were young men to middle age. I shall never forget him or his family. RIP John.


April 15, 2018

Gail, my sincere condolence to your family. John lived his life gallantly. Reflection on the words of Jesus, who promised, "I will not leave you bereaved, I am coming to you". (John 14:18) May all look to this promise for comfort, and peace now, and in the days ahead.

David Grant

April 11, 2018

So bummed to hear this news this morning.

To the Sheehan family, my condolences go out to all of you.

So many memories, so many laughs with this guy. Just the other day I was telling my daughter about the good times I remember when my folks, Bill and Betty, would have John and Gail over for cards and the stories that John would tell us kids. I will never forget the year that John shot the large black bear. That image with John standing in the front yard with that bear will stick in my mind until I pass. Good man!!!
Dave and Olga Grant, & family

sue maroney

April 11, 2018

was saddened to read the obit this morning. what a nice fella. glad i got to meet him and his wonderful family. prayers from Sue the nurse aide.

Marcy Taylor

April 10, 2018

I'm so sorry for your loss. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers. I have so many memories of John and my dad together.