John Daniel Sheahan - age: 76
(October 15, 1945 to September 14, 2022
Hollis Center, Maine
Hollis Center, Maine - John Daniel Sheahan, 76, passed away on September 14, 2022, surrounded by his loving family after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
John was kind and generous but could be a force when necessary. He enjoyed a good laugh and a good debate with equal measure. He lived a life full of family, friends, Golden
Retrievers, travel with his wife Barbara, and endless hours of woodworking and other projects. The doors of their lake house were open to everyone, and he particularly enjoyed
it when his children and grandchildren visited.
He was born on October 15, 1945, in Moline, Illinois, as the middle child and only son of Daniel and Helen Sheahan. After living in Davenport, Iowa, for several years, Johnís family eventually
moved to Beloit, Wisconsin, where he graduated from Beloit Memorial High School in 1963. He then attended Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, and later, the University of Wisconsin-
Madison, graduating in 1969. He married his first wife, Mandy, in 1968, with whom he had three children.John spent his professional career in public relations, communications, television, and film production. He worked at AT&T and, later, Johnson and Johnson, where he served in various roles over 25 years, including on the companyís public relations response to the Tylenol Crisis of the 1980s. In addition, he served in the U.S. Army from 1969-1971.
He might be remembered best for his ability to tell stories, most of the time, with a dramatic flair. This talent clearly resulted from his early years in theater and music, but his Irish heritage also played a part. He was a wonderful listener, too, and would put down whatever he was doing to help anyone who asked. Later in life, he found much joy giving back to his community of Hollis Center, serving as board chair of the Hollis Center Public Library, chair of the New Town Complex Commission, and a member of the Indian Cellar Preservation Committee.
John is survived by his wife, Barbara; sister Patricia Mauel; sister Beth Swanson; daughter Paige Wenk (Andrew), son Ryan Sheahan (Teresa), son Brandon Sheahan (Katie); stepsons Eric Hase (Hidi), Doug Hase (Carolyn), Alex Hase (Jessica), and 15 grandchildren. He was preceded by his parents and brothers-in-law, Bill Mauel and Gary Swanson. Even in the end, John remained optimistic and courageous in his fight against cancer. And although his family will miss him dearly, they take comfort in knowing that he is at peace now and already busy in his workshop in the sky.
Arrangements by Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Home, Buxton Maine.
In place of flowers, the family asks to please consider donations to the Hollis Center Public Library, Salmon Falls Library, or the Indian Cellar Preservation Committee.