Edward (Ed) Sheehy passed away suddenly on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at the age of 83. Born and raised in New Rochelle, he was the only child of Helen and Edward Sheehy and resided there until moving upstate to Poughquag, NY upon his retirement in 1999. Ed was well known around New Rochelle, having served as a police officer there for 39 years. Joining the force in 1960, he was promoted to Detective Sergeant and led the department’s Special Investigation Unit (SIU) for many years. Beloved and respected by his colleagues, he was the recipient of numerous awards over his career and was one of only a few members of the force to serve in all three of the NRPD buildings: Lawton Street, Beaufort Place, and North Avenue. Ed was known for his street smarts and uncanny intuition and was bestowed with the moniker “Super Sleuth” in an article celebrating his retirement in 1999. Ed was a tough as nails cop but was also one of the nice guys, with several colleagues saying that they never heard anyone say a negative thing about him. The youth of New Rochelle also came to know Ed as a Head Coach and loyal supporter of the New Rochelle Youth Tackle League program in the 70s and 80s. Ed maintained relationships with many of his players over the years and one of his proudest moments was his undefeated championship season. Football played a key role throughout Ed’s life and he could often be found rooting – mostly unsuccessfully – for the Miami Dolphins at his son Jimmy’s house every Sunday in the fall.
Ed loved the simple things, spending time at home with his wife, Kerry, and their best canine friend Cooper (preceded by Mozart) and making his twice-a-day Dunkin Donuts run. Family was everything to Ed and he also enjoyed seeing his children Rich (Heather), Debbi (Steven), Patti (John), and Jimmy (Marcelle), along with his stepson John (Vanessa). But some of his happiest and most precious times were with his grandchildren and Ed was present at every major milestone from the classroom to the sports fields. Affectionately known as “Poppi” and “Grandpa,” Ed was happiest around his family, whether at a backyard barbecue, impromptu lunch at Walter’s, or attending a Broadway matinee, an annual family tradition. He was an amazing husband, father, stepfather, and grandfather and will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Visitation is scheduled for Monday 4-8pm at Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel, Inc., 16 Shea Pl., New Rochelle. A funeral Mass is scheduled for Tuesday at 10am at Holy Name Church. Interment will be immediate family only.