Thomas Sheehan died Sunday |

Thomas Sheehan died Sunday

Connie Knight
Vail, CO Colorado
Thomas J. Sheehan

Thomas J. Sheehan died at his Denver home Sunday, just seven months after his wife of 55 years, Joanne, passed away.

The couple had six children in eight years and their tight-knit family was the center of their focus throughout their lives.

Born in Omaha, Neb., Tom attended Creighton Preparatory School and College. He served in the Philippines during World War II and was awarded a Silver Star for outstanding bravery. He also was awarded a Purple Heart.

After the war, he returned to Omaha to attend Creighton Law School where he received his degree. After practicing law in Nebraska, he moved to Denver in the early 1950s.

The Sheehans lived in Georgetown, Colo., and helped cut the trees for the trails at Arapahoe Basin to help the founders Marnie and Larry Jump as they were close friends and served on the board of directors.

“He was a great mentor to Larry,” said Marnie Jump. “He was a terrific skier, loved the sport so much and was so knowledgeable. He was such an attractive, congenial person, a wonderful man.”

Preferring business to law, Tom was involved in real estate development in Denver and Eagle County. He owned and operated Your Valet, a dry cleaning and laundry business with several locations in the Denver area for over 40 years before selling to retire.

Avid skiers, the family bought a condominium in Vail Village in 1968 and frequently added to the vitality of life in the village with their children and all their friends. People gravitated to the Sheehans and more room for drop-in friends was always was made at the table, where laughter predominated.

He had a huge love for humanity, which matched his hearty laugh and booming voice.

Tom is survived by his children in the Vail Valley: Kathleen Eck (Dr. Jack Eck) of Lake Creek and Mary Clare (Paul Van Dyke) of Eagle-Vail.

Also surviving him are Margaret (Marc Palkowitsh) of Denver and LaJolla, Calif.; Anne Sheehan of Sacramento, Calif.; Monica (Corbin Penwell) St. Michael’s, Md.; Michael Sheehan (Cindy) of Denver; and 10 grandchildren.

A memorial mass will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, at Church of the Risen Christ, 3060 S. Monaco Pkwy, Denver.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 3629 W. 29th Ave., Denver, 80211 or Capuchin Poor Clares Sisters, 3325 Pecos St., Denver, 80211.

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