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John Henry Sheaff

December 31, 1932 ~ November 1, 2019 (age 86)


Cambridge-John Henry Sheaff, 86, of Cambridge, passed away Friday, November 1, 2019 at his residence.

Born December 31, 1932 in Merrick NY, he was the son of the late Edmund Howard and Wilhelmina Riecke Sheaff. 

John graduated from Baldwin High School in Baldwin, Long Island, NY.  He graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT and earned his Master’s Degree from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY.

John was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving his country from 1956 to 1959.

John taught math and computers at Baldwin High School for 29 years retiring in 1988.  He relocated to upstate New York and built a house in Salem and eventually moved to Cambridge where he owned an antique shop until a fire forced him to close the business. 

John was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church and served as the President of the Sons of the American Revolution for many years.  He recently became a member of the Captain Maxson Post 634 American Legion in Cambridge.  He was also a member of the Salem Fish & Game Club and two antique car clubs.  He was an avid stamp collector and loved trains and had an extensive train collection.  He enjoyed collecting anything related to the American Revolution.  When he lived on Long Island, he spent a great deal of time fishing and boating. 

In addition to his parents and son-in-law, Alan Shiveler; he was predeceased by his siblings, Georgia Sheaff and Edmund Howard Sheaff.

John is survived by his wife of 65 years, Lois Kirsch Sheaff; his children, Cheryl Jean Shiveler (late Alan Shiveler) of Vero Beach, Florida, Carolyn Blair Sheaff-Riccione (Dr. Michael Riccione) of Manlius, NY and John Charles Sheaff (Claire Chotiner) of East Northport, NY; a brother, David F. (Patricia) Sheaff of Brunswick, ME.  He is also survived by six grandchildren, Doug Shiveler, Allyson Shiveler, Michael Riccione, David Riccione, Zachary Sheaff, Olivia Sheaff and three great grandchildren; Elizabeth & Caroline Shiveler and Benjamin Sheaff.

Calling hours are from 4-7 pm Thursday, November 7, 2019 at the Ackley, Ross & Gariepy Funeral Home, 73 West Main St., Cambridge.

A funeral service will be at 11:00 am Friday, November 8, 2019 at the Salem United Methodist Church, 29 West Broadway, Salem with Rev. Natalie Bowerman officiating.  A reception for family and friends will be in the church hall following the service.

Interment will be held privately for the family with military honors at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions in memory of John may be made to the Salem United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 412, Salem, NY  12865.

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November 7, 2019

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Ackley, Ross & Gariepy Funeral Home
73 West Main Street
Cambridge, NY 12816

Funeral Service
November 8, 2019

11:00 AM
Salem United Methodist Church
29 West Broadway
Salem, NY 12816

November 8, 2019

12:00 PM
Salem United Methodist Church
29 West Broadway
Salem, NY 12816


Salem United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 412, Salem NY 12816

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