Gerald “Jerry” Joseph Sheehan Jr.

Gerald “Jerry” Joseph Sheehan Jr., 72, of Front Royal, Virginia passed away on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.

A celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 4 PM at Maddox Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Front Royal.

Jerry was born on May 29, 1947 in Brattleboro, Vermont to the late Gerald Sr. and Pauline Calipari Sheehan. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Maryanne Sheehan.

He was an Environmentalist for the Department of Defense and an Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Luzia Cruz-Sheehan of Front Royal; daughter, Juliana Cruz of Front Royal; son, Matthew Sheehan of Colton, New York; sister, Catherine Sheehan of Conway, Massachusetts; brother, Patrick Sheehan of Silver Spring, Maryland and granddaughter, Julie Cruz Azevedo of Front Royal.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

  14 comments for “Gerald “Jerry” Joseph Sheehan Jr.

  1. Mr Davis
    February 8, 2020 at 4:36 am

    My Heart goes out to All of jerry’s love ones & Friends . In the short time knowing Jerry , he was nothing but pleasant & kind and very dependable. You will be sincerely missed my Friend .

  2. Thales Neto
    February 8, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    O gentil e alegre amigo Jerry partiu para a sua viagem mais importante. Ele era uma dessas raras pessoas que consegue ficar na lembrança saudosa daqueles que tiveram a oportunidade de conviver ao seu lado. Suas qualidades de simplicidade, gentileza genuína, alegria, disponibilidade e retidão fizeram dele um ser único na terra. Foi um avô fantástico !!!!!! Quem o conheceu de fato, não o perde, não importa onde esteja…estará sempre nos nossos corações. Obrigado por tudo Jerry, o céu certamente estará em festa com a sua chegada.

  3. Lynn and Philip Jubinville
    February 8, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    Our deepest sympathy for the loss of Jerry. May he rest peacefully in the arms of our Lord. Love, Philip and Lynn

  4. Alvaro Cruz
    February 10, 2020 at 12:01 am

    You are an incredible human being! A great husband to my sister Luzia, father and grandfather to my niece Juliana and grandniece Julie. I enjoyed interacting with you from my first visit to your house in Boston to the visits to Front Royal and your various trips to Salvador, in Brazil. You are bright, kind, generous and simple. Please keep on listening to a good jazz music as we have listened together more than once in the Blues Alley in DC. I hope I deserve to meet you in heaven in the future, my brother. I am sure you are already there!
    Alvaro Cruz (Guto)

  5. Brice Bartley
    February 10, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    Jerry was a great guy. Here at the Fort Belvoir Directorate of Public Works, Jerry was always helpful and pleasant to work with. Whenever I was in a foul mood over subpar project submittals, Jerry would lighten the mood with his perspective and sense of humor. He shared the most fascinating stories of his time as a student, soldier, artist, and environmental professional. I will miss him terribly.

    • Susanna Ehlers
      February 10, 2020 at 10:37 pm

      I had the distinct pleasure of working side by side with Jerry for two years in the Air Program at Fort Belvoir’s DPW. During that time, we were more or less inseparable on post. I adored Jerry, his sense of humor, his fantastic stories, and his easy going nature. I will always cherish the afternoons listening to public radio in the car, laughing nonstop, talking about anything and everything, and sharing a cubicle wall with Jerry. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones. Jerry was more than just a co-worker to me; I’m so very lucky to have known him.

  6. Andy Nishida
    February 11, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    Jerry was my client at Fort Belvoir for several years. I truly enjoyed meeting with him each quarter for compliance training and/or audits. He had a great sense of humor and I was fascinated by his stories from his younger days. He was definitely more than just a client. I feel lucky to have known him as a friend. Peace and strength to his family and all who are affected by his passing. Rest in peace, Jerry.

  7. Nora Sheehan
    February 11, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    I can’t believe you are gone Uncle Jerry. You were such an amazing uncle and I’m glad you were able to attend my graduation in June. I’m so sad that you are gone. You were greatly loved.

  8. Jody Mussoff
    February 11, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    Jerry was our neighbor up here on Wendy Hill. What a nice and gentle man he was! I’m so sorry. He left us too soon! I spoke with him only occasionally, and wish I had seen him more often. Very sad. My condolences to his family.

  9. Anthony Gartrell
    February 12, 2020 at 1:39 am

    My condolences to the Sheehan family. My short time with working with Mr. Sheehan as a young environmentalist left a lasting impression on my life and career. He was a wonderful man always open to provide knowledge and educate. He will surely be missed.

  10. Tom McGrath
    February 12, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    I knew Jerry at MassDEP for 26 years and even lived upstairs from him many years ago. I am totally shocked and saddened. A great guy, who didn’t take him self seriously.

  11. Peter Russell
    February 12, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    My condolences to the Family. Jerry hired me to start my career at the Department of Environmental Protection 27 years ago. He was a great boss, and a great Friend. Wish we had one more day. Rest in Peace.

  12. Eka Kapiotis
    February 12, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    Just seems way too soon for Jerry. I loved having him as a neighbor. He was always friendly and kind, and had a smile full of intelligence and warmth. I will miss him as I know many will. Sending peace to his family.

  13. Paul A. Sanborn
    February 12, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    I was very sad to learn that Jerry has passed away. I have known Jerry since about 1980 when we attended interstate air quality meetings together around New England and he ultimately wound up hiring me in 2001 to work with him at the Massachusetts DEP. Jerry was always a cheerful and experienced Branch Chief who kept his “troops” informed about new methodologies and requirements in the world of air monitoring.

    My condolences to his family and friends in this time of sorrow. I will always remember Jerry fondly.

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