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Recent Obituaries

William R. Sheridan (Bill), (80) of Mamaroneck, NY passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 18, 2023 at Calvary Hospital in Bronx, NY. Bill was born in the Bronx on September 15, 1942 to his Irish immigrant parents Lily and William Sheridan. He attended Dewitt Clinton High School and later earned a BA in History from the City College of New York and an MBA in HR Management from the City University of New York. He served as a lieutenant and personnel officer in the US Navy from 1967 to 1969, and was stationed at Guantanamo, Cuba.


During his career, Bill was well-recognized in the international human resources community as an advisor and connector of people and organizations, and for never forgetting the name and background of anyone he met. Over the years, he was helpful to many in their careers. Prior to his retirement in 2019, Bill was Vice President, International Human Resource Services of the National Foreign Trade Council. He worked there for over 27 years managing its international human resource committees, roundtables, seminars and conferences throughout the US. Previously, he held human resource management positions with American Express International Bank, Barclays Bank, and Midland Bank. He also worked as an expatriate in Bahrain with Caltex Petroleum. He was a past President and Life Member of the NY Chapter of World at Work, and a longtime member of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy.


Bill was a kind and gentle person, with a quick wit and sense of humor, who made friends very easily with people from all walks of life. He was a loyal friend and wouldn’t hesitate to seek out a friend he hadn’t spoken to in years. He always had a place in his heart for veterans, and particularly showed his special regard for those who served in Vietnam. An avid reader, active church member, extensive traveler, and devotee of Irish theatre and traditional music, he was a great raconteur of stories that had a beginning, a middle and no end. We will greatly miss his generosity of spirit and loving heart.


A devoted husband, father and grandfather, Bill was beloved by many. He is survived by his wife Therese (Terry) Kelly Sheridan, his sons Douglas (wife Jeanne) and David Sheridan (partner Rebecca Bannerman), his grandchildren Lauren, Kristin, Mackenzie and Jack, and his cousins Harold (wife Peggy) Vincent and Millicent Shields. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters in-law, whom he called the siblings he never had, Robert Kelly, Paul Kelly, Joanne (husband Vincent) Critti, Dolores (husband Lawrence) Gregorek, and Regina Kelly, as well as his many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.


The family would like to thank their church community at Hitchcock Presbyterian Church, the doctors, nurses and medical staff who cared for him, the many friends who supported him through life and during his illness, and his devoted caregivers.


John James Gagliardi, formerly of Mamaroneck, passed away tragically on July 17, 2023, at age 46. He was born January 27, 1977 and attended Rye Neck Schools. John was a union carpenter for Local 2287. He had a deep love for life and enjoyed many passions, hobbies, and interests. He is the devoted husband of Erin Clark. In addition to his wife, he leaves behind his loving mother, Sally Gagliardi, cherished children, Peter & Judith Gagliardi, and dear sister, Melissa Gagliardi (Sammy Reyes), and niece and nephew, Michaela Williams and Riley Gagliardi. Memorial donations can be sent to, a GoFundMe page being established for the care of his children, https://gofund.me/5c2fe56c


Raymond H. Levesque, formerly of Mamaroneck, NY, passed away Sunday, July 16, 2023, at the age of 96 in Charlotte, NC. He was born December 15, 1926, in Coventry, RI, the son of Wilfred Levesque and Mathilda Smith Levesque.


The purchase of a single share of stock in McCall Corp. during Ray’s first year of college sparked a lifelong fascination with Wall Street and a 57-year career as a stockbroker and investment advisor. He was an office manager for Goodbody & Co. and national sales manager for Herzfeld & Stern, a regional firm based in New York. His last employer was Brill Securities in New York City. A graduate of Providence College (RI) class of 1950, Ray was active in the PC Club of New York, raising funds and organizing social events. He served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Mercury AKS42 as a radarman 3rd class during World War II and as a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, 1st Marine Division, in the Korean conflict. An exemplary of the courage and hard work of the “Greatest Generation”, Ray will be remembered as a gentleman, patriot and loving father.


Ray is survived by his children, Marie Levesque of Chicago, IL, Charles Levesque of Chicago, IL, Wilfred Levesque and his wife, Bettina of Chatsworth, CA, Mathilde Levesque of Charlotte, NC.; grandchildren, Celine, Raymond and Jared Levesque, all of Chatsworth, CA; and his sister, Dr. Henriette Allen of Clinton, MS. He was the devoted husband of the late Ann McNerney for 52 years.



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