James E. SheridanNovember 11,2013
James E. Sheridan
James E. Sheridan
MONTPELIER — James Edson Sheridan, 85, died Thursday, November 7, 2013, at Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin, of cancer, with his family at his bedside.
James was born on April 29, 1928, at Heaton Hospital in Montpelier, Vt., the second son of Francis T. and Marcia Edson Sheridan. He was a lifelong Montpelier resident, as were his parents.
He attended St. Michael’s Elementary School and graduated from St. Michael’s High School in 1946. He went on to attend Vermont College, graduating in 1948 with an associate’s degree. He was a star basketball player for both schools.
He married Corrine Pruneau of Barre, Vt., on August 12, 1950. After his military discharge, they made their home in Montpelier where they raised their three sons. This last August, they celebrated their 63rd anniversary.
He entered the military service in 1950 in the 172nd Infantry 43rd Division stationed at Camp Pickett in Virginia and then was sent overseas to Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1952.
Upon leaving the service, he went to work for the family-owned business, D.W. Edson Printers. He became the owner of the business in 1981 and was joined that year by his oldest son. He managed the shop until his retirement in 1990, turning the business over to his son.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, VFW, American Legion, Mutuo and the Elks. He was a lifelong member of St Augustine’s Church.
In his early adult years, he played softball, coached St. Michael’s basketball and Little League baseball, and despite his 55+ hour workweek, was very involved in his son’s activities. In later years, he enjoyed tennis, traveling, walking and time spent with his family.
James is survived by his devoted wife, Corrine; his sons, James Francis, Gary and wife Paula, Steven and wife Lisa; grandchildren, Gary Jr. and wife Megan, Deborah, David, Matthew and Michael; great-grandchildren, Jordan, Arie and Jared Jr.
He was predeceased by his parents; his older brother, Francis; and his grandson-in-law, Gary Sanderson.
His funeral service, handled by Guare & Sons Funeral Home, will be at St. Augustine’s Parish on Saturday, November 16, at noon, followed by a reception in the church basement. Interment will be in the Middlesex Center Cemetery. There will be no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice Inc., 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641 or at http://www.cvhhh.org.
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