Gerard Sheedy - Hobart
31 December 1928 - 5 November 2010
Gerard Sheedy and his twin sister Moira, were born in Latrobe, Tasmania on the 31st December 1928 to Michael and Frances Sheedy. The other children were Terence, Jack, Jill and Margaret. He is survived by his twin sister Moira (a Sister of Mercy who now lives in Melbourne) and another sister, Margaret Slattery.
Gerry was ordained a priest on the 24th July 1954 by Archbishop Ernest Tweedy in St Mary’s Star of the Sea Church, Burnie, on the north west coast of Tasmania. He was a gifted person, who throughout his priestly life, was very much the pastor. He loved people, had a great sense of humor and was in turn, loved by the people he ministered to. He was well known for his hospitality and welcome of his brother priests, often singing out upon their arrival, “the door’s open….come in!” He was a great cook, gardener and lover of classical music.
His appointments were Cygnet, Cathedral, Glenorchy, Smithton, Newstead and Latrobe. Ill health forced him to step aside from active ministry and then in 2001 Gerry went to live at Yaraandoo Aged Care facility at Somerset, where he remained until his death on Friday 5th November 2010.
Gerard’s Mass of Christian Burial took place in the same church in which he had been ordained to the priesthood some 56 years earlier and was led by Archbishop Adrian Doyle and concelebrated by some 18 priests from across the Archdiocese.
Gerard Michael Sheedy was laid to rest in the Burnie Lawn Cemetery not far from one of his brother priests, Joseph Medwin, who had died back in 2004. May Gerard Sheedy, faithful priest of the Archdiocese of Hobart, rest now forever in the peace of the Risen Lord.