John R. Sharkey, Jr., 82, passed away peacefully on March 25, 2023 after a brief illness with his family by his side. He was born in New Rochelle, NY in 1940 to the late John and Margaret Leonard Sharkey.
John grew up on the East Side of Stamford on Myrtle Avenue and spent his childhood summers in Canton, NY. After retiring from Metro North as a Conductor in 1994, John and his wife Nancy relocated to Boca Raton, FL and Port St. Lucie, FL, before returning to CT in 2009. Since his retirement, John was an avid golfer and worked for years at Whitney Farms in Monroe. When he wasn’t golfing, he was spending time with his family, or watching the Yankees, 49ers, NASCAR and horseracing.
In addition to his wife, Nancy, he is survived by his children, Colleen Sharkey, Jason Sharkey and his wife Diana, grandchildren, Hunter, Sadi, Courtney and great granddaughter, Anna. Also surviving is his brother, Stephen and his wife Jackie as well as his German Shepherd, Stella. He will also be missed by his nephews, nieces, cousins and many friends.
Besides his parents, John was predeceased by his brother, Vincent Sharkey, Sr. in 2011.
Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford on Saturday, April 1, 2023 from 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 12:30 PM at St. Stephen Church, 6948 Main Street, Trumbull. Interment will be held privately at a later date.
The family requests that donations be made in John’s memory to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231 or to a charity of one’s choice.
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