Umpire Mick Sharkey
dead at age 59
===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: http://dunes.cincinnati.com/announce/default.aspx?id=22220
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. Id ask him, How can I yell at you if you wont 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 didnt 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. Marys 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 Sharkeys name to:
St. Rita School for the Deaf
1720 Glendale Milford Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45215