In November, the Town of Ocean View lost councilman Tom Sheeran, who was first elected to the council in April 2011. At Tuesday’s council meeting, state Rep. Ron Gray presented a memorial resolution from the state legislature to Sheeran’s wife, Pat, and thanked her for sharing him with the community.
“Tom will be sorely missed. He was great and did so much for the Town,” said Gray. “With Sen. [Gerald] Hocker, we looked into public safety for about a year and a half, and Tom came in and sat on our committee and was active in that. He was helpful for me in understanding the public safety in the town of Ocean View, and I know his service here was very valuable to the council as well.”
The memorial resolution from the Delaware House of Representatives extended its sincere sympathy to the Sheeran family.
“It is with great sadness we fondly remember this remarkable man,” read Gray on Feb. 9.
Sheeran, who was born in Lorain, Ohio, graduated from George Mason University and would spend his life serving others.
“A man of simple tastes, he dedicated his life to his country and to his community,” read Gray. “Mr. Sheeran’s lifetime of service began in the United State Army and continued with a career with the United States government.”
Following his retirement and subsequent relocation to Delaware, Sheeran served as a volunteer for the Ocean View Police Department and helped found the Ocean View Citizens Auxiliary Patrol, prior to joining the town council.
“Mr. Sheeran knew no strangers and was loved by all who knew him… He will be remembered by the citizens of Ocean View for his integrity, work ethic, pride of accomplishment and loyalty to its citizens,” said Gray. “This husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend will be dearly missed.”
The conclusion of the reading was met with a standing ovation from those in attendance.
“We, as a town council, echo those sentiments,” added Mayor Walter Curran.