The Obit For Mick Sharkey

Umpire Mick Sharkey dead at age 59

The Dayton Daily News

By Chick Ludwig | Tuesday, June 10, 2008, 12:21 PM

===LUDWIG AT LARGE is deeply saddened by the death of Mick Sharkey, an extraordinary sports official and lifelong family friend. View his obituary and sign online guestbook at:

Mick Sharkey, a popular college and high school baseball umpire, basketball referee and football official throughout southwest Ohio, died of an apparent heart attack at his Cincinnati home on Sunday, June 8, 2008.

Mr. Sharkey was 59.

“He was the only umpire who would never argue with me,” said WONE radio personality Mark Schlemmer, the former head baseball coach at the University of Dayton. “I’d ask him, ‘How can I yell at you if you won’t yell back?’ But he always gave a great effort, and we had some great times after games.”

Mr. Sharkey attended Umpire School in Florida with the goal of reaching the Major Leagues. He worked his way through the minor leagues, but never reached the “bigs” full-time.

That didn’t deter him from pursuing his passion. He became one of the most popular and highly-respected sports officials in the Cincinnati-Dayton corridor.

The Sharkey family will accept visitors from 4-8 p.m. at the Gilligan Funeral Home. 2926 Woodburn Ave., Walnut Hills, OH 45206, on Wednesday, June 11. Phone: 513-281-8311.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, June 14, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Hyde Park, 2853 Erie Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208. Phone: 513-321-1207.

Burial is at Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, 11000 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249. Phone: 513-489-0300.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent in Mick Sharkey’s name to:

St. Rita School for the Deaf

1720 Glendale Milford Rd.

Cincinnati, OH 45215


SHARKEY, Michael

SHARKEY Michael Edward "Mick", devoted husband of Anne Ernst, loving father of Kelsey Sharkey and Justin Sharkey, dear brother of Dan Sharkey, also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends.

Sunday, June 8, 2008 at the age of 59.

Friends may call at the Gilligan Funeral Home, 2926 Woodburn Ave TONIGHT from 4 to 8 PM. Memorial Mass will be 10:30 AM Saturday, June 14 at St. Mary Church. In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to St. Rita School for the Deaf, 1720 Glendale-Milford Rd, Cinti OH 45215.

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