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Sheridan, Robert Emmet June 21, 1936 - November 8, 2020

Robert E. Sheridan, an editor at The New York Times for 33 years, died Sunday, November 8 in Bronxville, NY. He was 84 years old. His family confirmed the cause of death was complications from interstitial lung disease. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he joined The Times in 1972 and served in various editing positions, retiring in 2005 after 14 years as assistant news editor (nights). Sheridan, known as Bob, was a graduate of the Marquette University College of Journalism, funded by a Chick Evans Foundation Caddie Scholarship. He graduated from Marquette University High School in 1954. He served in the Air Force Reserve, active and inactive, from 1958 to 1964. Prior to joining The Times, Bob worked in reporting and editing positions at The Cape Cod Standard-Times; The Catholic Free Press, Hartford Courant and The Milwaukee Journal.His proudest physical achievement was walking every single block of every street on Manhattan Island, a years-long endeavor which he chronicled in photographs in the book Manhattan Eye Land. Sheridan is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Margaret (Peggy) nee Morin, as well as daughters Rebecca (Tom Malone), Jennifer, Brenda, and Bernadette (Tom Hubbs); sons Christopher, Luke (Patricia Traub), and Justin. He also leaves eight grandsons. He was predeceased by his parents, John Emmet and Evelyn Marie Sheridan (Schwab), his brother, the Rev. Michael P. Sheridan, SJ, and his sister Evelyn Marie. Calling Hours at the Fred H. McGrath & Son, funeral Home, Bronxville, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm Wednesday. Mass of Christian Burial, St. Joseph’s Church, Bronxville, on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 9:45 am. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Elinor Martin Residence for Mother & Child, New Rochelle, NY, or to St. Joseph’s Abbey, Spencer MA are welcome.


Calling Hours:  2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm, Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Mass: 9:45 am, Thursday, November 12, 2020, St. Joseph's Church, Bronxville, NY

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    Merrill Perlman says

    Bob was a wonderful colleague. Wry, tough, occasionally stubborn, but always with an eye on quality and Times standards. I worked many late nights and loved his train whistle to announce the “good night.” When I was not on the same floor, and could not hear the whistle, he never failed to call. Loved his bringing his bulldog to work when we started the “Bulldog” edition of the Times. And I very much apreciated his poetry and his FB photos from “The walk.” My deepest condoloences to his family. Khow he was much loved outside his home as well and will be always remembered,

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    Caitlin Lovinger says

    Bob is one of my very favorite people and I’m so sorry to his kids and his wife and everyone who mourns him — I worked with him on the news desk for many of the craziest years of this century, before this one — the 2000 election, 9/11 and its aftermath, all that. A true mensch in all senses of the word. We always had each other’s back, did the crossword in the next day’s newspaper when it was delivered late at night, and he always dropped me off in the car on his way home. I got told many great stories about his sons and daughter and his wife during those years, he had a big heart and he loved all of you to pieces.

    (Workwise I still think of Bob often, all the time, really, especially when I encounter some nonsense that needs to get handled, because I know that he’d have fixed it, and wish I had half the fortitude and authority he did without even raising his voice.)

    I always admired his wisdom and philosophy, and his hobbies — the poetry, the walking, the rowing, the railroads, the coffeedrome — and his steadfastness in them, his productiveness that way. He led an extremely rich life. My heartfelt condolences, I feel lucky to have known him!

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    Sam Teaford says

    An old friend from the Milwaukee Journal, we reconnected on Facebook. Sad news.

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    Liz H says

    Our deepest condolences to the Sheridan family. Our hearts ache for you and our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Love, The Healy’s & Sr Regina Kehoe

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      Peggy says

      Thank you Liz for your kind words..I miss my visits to SrRegina and appreciate her knowing that Bob died. We are missing him very much. I know you lost both parents within the past few years. My sympathies to you on your loss also. Again thanks. Peggy Sheridan

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    Judith Finch says

    It makes me so sad to hear of Bob’s death. I was a friend of his way back in the College of Journalism. He was a great guy an I know I don’t need to tell his family that. I have so many happy memories of all of us in our J-School class. He lived just down the street and came over to the dorm. Loved to tease my sister and I about our lamp in the window with the red shade. We were naive graduates of an all girls high school in central Minnesota and didn’t know the perils of the big city. I so enjoyed his photography and poems on Facebook and had no idea the end of his life was near. I suppose I had thoughts of meeting up with him again and meeting his wife and exchanging news of our lives since 1954, even though I live on the opposite side of this country. He was talented and kind and I’m sure his family will have many wonderful memories. God bless you all. We will be meeting again in the future and I look forward to meeting with my husband who passed 15 years ago as well as members of my family and my classmates.

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    Jeanne Gendreau Carley says

    Dear Peggy and Sheridan children, Bill & I are so sorry that you have lost Bob to another world. We were shocked when my sister Judy called tonight to tell us the sad news. It was so unexpected, especially after receiving his photos of his Manhattan walks in recent days. I know you have many happy memories of your life together and hope that will sustain you in the days ahead. I will be praying nightly for him along with many other dear friends and relatives. Bill has small-call sarcoma (lung cancer) which was diagnosed last Christmas week and so we have been watching him lose weight and his hair. He’s in hospice care now. I’ll call you soon. Love and prayers. . God bless you all.

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    Bill Connolly says

    Bob was a prince of a man — bright, witty, creative, diligent, thoughtful, a pleasure to have as a friend and a treasure to have as a colleague.

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