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Dr. Richard F. Sheehan, longtime dentist

Jan. 30, 1938 – Dec. 17, 2016

Dr. Richard F. Sheehan, a dentist who volunteered to provide care to the needy in Western New York, in New Orleans and in Haiti, died Saturday in his Orchard Park home. He was 78.

Born in Buffalo, he was a 1955 graduate of Bishop Timon High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Canisius College and his dental degree from the University at Buffalo.

Dr. Richard Sheehan

Dr. Sheehan had practiced in South Buffalo since 1963 and was joined by his daughter, Dr. Julie Sheehan Jones, in 1997.

He volunteered at Harvest House in Buffalo, bringing free dental care to people who could not afford it, and took part in mercy missions to offer free dental care in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina and in Haiti, where he made seven visits. He worked tirelessly to improve conditions and equipment at the clinic in Haiti.

He served on the board of trustees of Trocaire College from 1996 to 2002.

An avid runner, he completed 51 marathons, often accompanied by his children.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, the former Mary P. Brooks; three daughters, Terry Jones, Dr. Julie Sheehan Jones and Dr. Mary Elizabeth Soral; two sons, Robert and Richard F. Jr.; and 14 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 450 Abbott Road.

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