George J. Sharkey

July 27, 2022

George J. Sharkey
U.S. Veteran

US Navy

Korean War

George J. Sharkey – of Salem, NH, formerly of Woburn and Naples, Florida died peacefully, July 27th at the age of ninety-two. Devoted husband of 71 years to Ruth (Carlin) Sharkey. Beloved father of Janice Sharkey, her fiancé Andy Bourque of Kingston, NH, Sandra Kirby, her husband Mark of North Reading, and the late Susan Hartley. Proud grandfather of Christopher Kirby, his wife Madeline, Shaylin Lawrence, her husband Jason, Michael Kirby, Justin Hartley, Kristen Hartley and the late Crystal and TJ Sheehan. Adoring great-grandfather of five. Brother of the late Walter Sharkey. His Funeral Mass will be Celebrated in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, August 4th, at 10:30 a.m.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Wednesday August 3rd from 4-7 p.m.  in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.  Interment will take place at the convenience of the family. Remembrances may be made in honor of George, to the charity of one’s choice.

George J. Sharkey, passed away at the High Point Hospice House in Haverhill, Wednesday, July 27th, 2022. The devoted husband of Ruth (Carlin) Sharkey, for over seventy-one years, was ninety-two years of age.

Born in Cambridge, George was the son of the late Walter and Hazel (Lane) Sharkey. He was the very proud brother of Walter Sharkey Jr.  Raised in Somerville he was a graduate of Somerville High School along with the Class of 1948.  

Following high school George enlisted in the United States Navy, proudly serving our country during the Korean War.  He entered in June of 1948 and was honorably discharged in June of 1952.

It was in June of 1951 that he married his long-time sweetheart, Ruth Carlin.  Shortly thereafter George and Ruth moved to Woburn where they made their home for fifty seven years and raised their beautiful family.

On the GI bill, George continued on with his education at Lowell Technical Institute, where he received his degree in Mechanical Engineering.  Over the years he worked for Raytheon, Sylvania, Teledyne and Polaroid from which he retired.  

In their early sixties, George and Ruth became snowbirds, making their winter home at Royal Woods in Naples, Florida for nearly thirty years. They thoroughly enjoyed their Florida community.

Throughout the years, George remained very active. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed playing horseshoes and cards and belonged to bocce and bowling leagues. George had many hobbies including playing guitar and keyboard, reading, and enjoying nature. He and Ruth loved dancing, whether it was in the living room or at their ballroom and square-dancing clubs. He always looked forward to spending him with his daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

George was blessed with good health and appreciated every day of it all.  Ruth, being the absolute love of his life and biggest cheerleader, shared in everything he did.  From watching tv, taking walks, trips to the store or church, always together, hand in hand!

A wonderful, old fashioned gentleman, always happy, lovingly devoted to his family, he was a man of great faith. George lived and believed whole heartedly in the Golden Rule.  A man of great integrity, kindnesses, and love will sadly be missed by all who have had the special pleasure, of sharing in his life.

Devoted husband of 71 years to Ruth (Carlin) Sharkey. Beloved father of Janice Sharkey, her fiancé Andy Bourque of Kingston, NH, Sandra Kirby, her husband Mark of North Reading, and the late Susan Hartley. Proud grandfather of Christopher Kirby, his wife Madeline, Shaylin Lawrence, her husband Jason, Michael Kirby, Justin Hartley, Kristen Hartley and the late Crystal and TJ Sheehan. Adoring great-grandfather of five. Brother of the late Walter Sharkey.

His Funeral Mass will be Celebrated in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, August 4th, at 10:30 a.m.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Wednesday August 3rd from 4-7 p.m.  in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.  Interment will take place at the convenience of the family. Remembrances may be made in honor of George, to the charity of one’s choice.

His Funeral Mass will be Celebrated in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, August 4th, at 10:30 a.m.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Wednesday August 3rd from 4-7 p.m.  in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.  Interment will take place at the convenience of the family.

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  1. Charlene Sampson Tebbetts

    I am so sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. George was one of my favorite people much like an uncle. I found so many great pictures of George and Ruth when I made Eddie’s collage for his wake. Whether it was on vacation, at the beach, square dancing or one of the neighborhood parties, he always had a smile on his face…I can still hear his little giggle. He drove me into Boston summer of 71 while I worked at MGH to get money for my tuition there. I remember he always drove the speed limit and had no radio!! So we just talked the whole way in. George was a good man and I know you will miss him terribly. I am sorry I did not get to say this in person but just found out about his passing today from Marie Morris. Bless you all.

  2. Brenda Fairweather

    So very very sorry to hear of Geoge’s passing.
    Such a kind, gentle man and wonderful friend to my dad for many decades.
    From their beginning as pals in Somerville to golf, bowling and horseshoes in Woburn. Always together, having fun. He will be missed by all that knew him.
    Brenda

  3. Barbara and Richard Beach

    We are sorry to hear about George’s passing. George and of course Ruth will always be missed at Amherst Cove.

    We are thinking about the family at this difficult time. With our love and caring, Barbara and Richard

  4. To Janice and the entire Sharkey family we’re very sorry about your loved ones passing. You’re in our thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace❤🙏

  5. So sorry to hear this news. I have such fond memories of Mr. Sharkey. Seeing he and Ruth all dressed up for square dancing is one of my favorites. He was always there to lend a hand and so kind to our family. He had a special fondness for my Dad, it was really sweet to witness their friendship. So grateful for such wonderful memories from our little neighborhood. My heart goes out to you Mrs. Sharkey, Janice and Sandra.

  6. So sorry to hear of George’s passing. We enjoyed many rounds of golf and socializing around our club house. Condolences to his family

  7. Patricia MacInnis

    Ruth and family, So sorry to here of George’s passing. He was such a kind and gentle man. I have fond memories of him from the neighborhood. RIP Mr. Sharkey. My dad will be waiting to play a round of golf with you🙏🏻

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