Robert (Bob) Francis Sheahan , age 77 years, of Bensalem, passed away on Friday, October 18th, 2013. Robert was born in Philadelphia on December 9th, 1935 to the late Frank and Rose (Crawley) Sheahan. He grew up in the neighborhood around Connie Mack Stadium with his siblings Joan Dornisch (Jack); Frank Sheahan (Sue); Elaine Valle (Joe) and Rose Cone (John). Bob played the quarterback position for the Murrell Dobbins High School football team and after graduating in 1954 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served during the Korean Conflict.
Robert carried on a family tradition when he joined Plumbers’ Local Union 690 in 1967 following his grandfather Eugene and father Frank into the plumbing trade. He retired in 2001 and spent many cherished hours with his grandchildren Lisa, Joe, Brianne, Frankie, Bobby, Biernet, Ryan, Kelsey, Michelle, Justin, Jason, Kayla, Brittany, Kyle, Ricky, Jason, Garrett, Amanda, Matthew, Aidan, Gracie, and his 11 great-grandchildren.
Robert was predeceased in August 1998 by the “Love of His Life,” Kathy Nolan Sheahan, after ten wonderful years of marriage. Together they created a warm and loving home for all eleven of their children. Their door was always open, and a good meal and non-judgmental words of support could be had anytime it was needed.
Robert will always be the beloved Father of Anita Sheahan Coraluzzi (Harry); Frank Sheahan (Donna); Robin Sheahan; Randi Sheahan Fletcher (David); Staci McHale (Rick); Damian Sheahan (Denise); Wendy Sheahan Coyne (Jason), and stepfather of Eddie Nolan (Lisa) , Billy Nolan (Colleen), Michael Nolan (Kathy) and Kathy Nolan Gerstle (Gus). He is also survived by his companion Eileen Fox.
Robert’s children would like to offer a heartfelt “Thank You” to the nurses of Chandler Hall Hospice: Betsy, Barbara and Sue. They were there when we needed their support.
Affectionately called “The Mad Plumber” by his kids, Robert was a good and generous man with a ready laugh and an optimistic view of life. As a Father and Pop-Pop, he was the best; valuing each of us, teaching by example what it means to give of yourself and Pay It Forward. He was always there and always involved. He will be missed more than words can possibly say.
Robert was a dedicated supporter of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (www.giving.chop.edu) and the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org ). In lieu of flowers his family respectfully requests donations be made in Robert’s name to either of these vital organizations.
Although services will be private, Robert’s children invite family, friends and other “Mad Plumbers” to share with us in a Celebration of His Life at an informal Open House on Saturday, November 2nd 2013 from Noon until 6 pm, at his home, 947 Locust Avenue, Bensalem. Please join us anytime for a beer and a bite to eat. We gladly welcome all, along with any stories or photos you may want to share.