May 13, 1923 - December 25, 2017
Timothy Joseph Sheehan passed away on December 25, 2017 at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City after complications from a stroke.
Tim was born in Hawthorne, California on May 13, 1923 to Timothy J. Sheehan, Sr., an Irish immigrant, and Rose Macdonald Sheehan. In 1923 the family moved to Earlimart and then to Fresno. In 1933 they returned to Earlimart where his family had a small farm. Tim worked hard on the family farm milking the cows amongst his other duties. He also drove the school bus his senior year at Delano High delivering students from Alpaugh, Allenworth and West Earlimart.
Tim married Ovel Groseclos in 1942 while he was serving in the Navy. From 1944 -1969, Tim and Ovel farmed in Earlimart, operated successful small businesses in Delano, including the R&S Tire Center, and raised two sons, Timothy Gary and Dennis Joseph. In 1969 he sold his tire business in Delano, moved to Wasco and bought the Wasco Tire Center. Tim and Ovel ran this business until their retirement in 1988. Six years ago, Tim and Ovel moved to Los Altos to be closer to their sons.
Always a great believer in public service and giving back to the community, Tim served as President of Delano 20-30, charter member and President of the Delano Area Youth foundation, Exalted Ruler of Delano Elks, chairman of the Delano Planning Commission and Commissioner of the Delano Airport. He was a Delano City Councilman, active with the Delano Volunteer Fire Department and Director of the Delano Chamber of Commerce, as well as, the Wasco Chamber of Commerce. He was also a long-time member of the Wasco and Delano Rotary Clubs and was a Paul Harris Fellow.
Ovel and Tim were fortunate to have traveled throughout the world and considered traveling as one of their most gratifying pleasures along with attending their sons’ Stanford University football games. Tim was definitely a “people” person leaving behind a legacy of warmth, kindness, and affection with all those he met. His Irish eyes were always smiling. His family was his life and his greatest achievement. Tim will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Tim is survived by his sons Timothy (Connie), Dennis (Sharon); his grandchildren, Timothy (Wendi), Shelby (Bill), Matthew (Jessica), Eric, and Benjamin; and his great grandchildren Keira, Ryan, Meghan, Jack, Quinn, William, Luke, Weston and Wyatt.
A funeral mass was held at Saint Nicholas Church in Los Altos on January 5th, with internment in Bakersfield, California January 6th at Greenlawn Cemetery 3700 River Boulevard.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity or the Reikes Center where Tim spent a fair amount of time.