Fa­ther of seven daugh­ters ‘loved ev­ery­where he went’

Tony Sher­lock 1947-2020

The Irish Times - - Obituaries - PATSY McGARRY

Tony ‘Shocks’ Sher­lock loved to sing and swim, and walk. He walked ev­ery­where, the road was never too long. His favourite song was the Hol­lies’ He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother. An­other was Bob Mar­ley’s No Woman, No Cry.

He would sing both, and oth­ers, on

Sun­day evenings in Walkin­stown’s Cher­ry­tree pub. They flew the Dubs’ flag at half mast there when he died. So did the neigh­bours on Limekiln Green in Walkin­stown, as they lined the road for his fu­neral, for Shocks. It was said “he could make even an­gry peo­ple laugh”.

The nick­name fol­lowed an in­ci­dent years ago at a cloth­ing fac­tory he worked in on Cork Street. The elec­tric­ity stopped, and check­ing out why, he reached to a plug and was stuck to it. He pulled a shoul­der and they say his heart stopped. He re­cov­ered, but had a triple by­pass years later.

An­thony was ninth in a fam­ily of 13 born to Michael and Brid­get Sher­lock at Keeper Road in Drim­nagh. He fol­lowed his fa­ther to the CIÉ de­pot in Ringsend, and worked at var­i­ous jobs around the city af­ter­wards, some­times on the build­ings with his broth­ers.

“He made them the best, most fun, crazy, won­der­ful days of our lives. Go­ing to work with him was fun,” re­called brother Gerry. “He was loved ev­ery­where he went. Grow­ing up in Drim­nagh he was known like the lord mayor.” Later, in Walkin­stown, there was hardly any­one “who did not know of Shocks Sher­lock with fond­ness and a smile”.

At fam­ily get-to­geth­ers, “and we had many of them”, he “had a way of bring­ing out the best in all of us, a great gift,” said Gerry.

Shocks was 72, with un­der­ly­ing health con­di­tions, when he got Covid-19 last March. He was brought to Tal­laght hos­pi­tal by his brother Cyril, the last fam­ily mem­ber to see him alive.

He died on April 4th, leav­ing his wife Breda and seven daugh­ters: Sa­man­tha, Pamela, Laura, Amanda, Karen, Jaymie and Lisa. He is also sur­vived by re­main­ing sib­lings Michael, Peter, Thomas, Cyril, Gerry, Ann, Marie, Eileen and Breda.

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His nick­name ‘Shocks’ fol­lowed an in­ci­dent at a cloth­ing fac­tory on Cork Street. The elec­tric­ity stopped, and check­ing out why, he reached to a plug and was stuck to it. He pulled a shoul­der and they say his heart stopped.

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