Don­ald Sheri­dan

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Mys­tic — Don­ald Patrick Sheri­dan, 95, a res­i­dent of Academy Point in Mys­tic, died Wed­nes­day, Nov. 1, 2017.

Born in the Bronx, N.Y., on May 11, 1922, he was the son of the late Fran­cis and Kather­ine (Gaffney) Sheri­dan.

Don at­tended Ford­ham Prepara­tory School, where he was cap­tain of the base­ball team, the U.S. Mer­chant Ma­rine Academy and Syra­cuse Univer­sity, where he earned a de­gree in me­chan­i­cal engi­neer­ing.

Dur­ing World War II, Don served as chief engi­neer­ing of­fi­cer aboard the de­stroyer USS Ben­nett from its chris­ten­ing in 1942 un­til its de­com­mis­sion­ing in 1945. He re­ceived a Pur­ple Heart Medal and five ser­vice rib­bons and was hon­or­ably dis­charged in 1945.

Fol­low­ing the war, Don and his wife, Joan, set­tled in Old Green­wich for 40 years and raised their fam­ily of seven chil­dren. Don worked for var­i­ous engi­neer­ing com­pa­nies, even­tu­ally spe­cial­iz­ing in the field of op­ti­cal engi­neer­ing for the de­fense and aero­space in­dus­tries.

Don re­tired in 1985 and moved to Manch­ester, Vt. His fa­vorite ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded golf (in which he ex­celled), ski­ing (in which he es­chewed the use of poles), bowl­ing (in which he col­lected nu­mer­ous tro­phies), road trips (which sat­is­fied his wan­der­lust), and friend­ships (which grew through­out his life).

He had a great sense of hu­mor and en­joyed a good laugh. At one point, when asked his name dur­ing his final days, Don re­vealed to the at­tend­ing nurse and his four chil­dren present that his true hid­den iden­tity was ac­tu­ally “The Lone Ranger,” which came as some­thing of a sur­prise. He never even owned a horse. This was a clas­sic re­sponse from the man who al­ways ap­pre­ci­ated a good come­back.

Don is sur­vived by his six chil­dren, James Sheri­dan of Breezy Point, N.Y., Noel Mur­ray of Stam­ford, Clare Sheri­dan of Ston­ing­ton, Bar­bara Sheri­dan of Stam­ford, Stephen Sheri­dan (Mary) of Ridge­field, Lau­rence Sheri­dan of Eas­ton; and by nine grand­chil­dren, Donal, Emily, John, Ge­off, Eliz­a­beth, Vic­to­ria, James, Philip and Brad. He was pre­de­ceased by his wife, Joan, his daugh­ter, Con­stance, his son-in-law, Thomas Mur­ray, his daugh­terin-law, Jac­que­line Sheri­dan, and his sec­ond wife, Bettina Jean.

Fu­neral ser­vices will be held on a date to be de­cided in late May 2018.

Do­na­tions in Don’s me­mory may be made to Mil­i­tary Or­der of the Pur­ple Heart Ser­vice Foun­da­tion, Inc., 7008 Lit­tle River Turn­pike, P.O. Box 49, An­nan­dale, VA 22003. https:// pur­ple­heart­foun­da­tion.org/ do­na­tion-di­rect-sup­port.

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