Timothy John Sheehan

April 9, 1970 ~ February 11, 2021 (age 50)


Timothy John Sheehan, 50, of California, PA, died unexpectedly, while on duty, Thursday, February 11, 2021.


He was born Thursday, April 9, 1970, in Brownsville, PA, a son of Joyce (Shaynak) Sheehan and the late Timothy E. Sheehan.


Tim was the Chief of Police in California Borough. Chief Sheehan served the California Borough Police Department for over 15 years. He was hired in August of 2007 as a Patrolman. and has worked in various roles within the department including, Bike Patrol, Detective, School Resource Officer, and Chief of Police. Chief Sheehan served as a School Resource Officer for over 10 years and was a major influence on the community’s youth and its families, where he became a trusted friend to thousands of students. Many children looked up to Chief Sheehan as a father figure first and an Officer second. Tim received his promotion to his current position of Chief of Police in February of 2019. In the short time that Chief Sheehan served in his current position, he was viewed as being the most successful and beloved Chief in California’s history, who progressed the department with his outstanding leadership.  Chief Sheehan was a lifelong member of the Brownsville Volunteer Fire Department Station #5, and a current & active member of the California Volunteer Fire Department Station #23.  He had also worked in Masontown, RESA and Hanover, Twp.  Oh, and lest we forget, Tim was Irish and proud of his family’s Irish heritage.

He was preceded in death by his father.


Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 25 years, Kim (Cover) Sheehan; mother, Joyce Sheehan; three children, Timothy John Sheehan II and fiancé, Samantha Schwalb, Brendan Sheehan and fiancé Jessie Conte, and Erin Sheehan; mother-in-law and father-in-law Mary Ann and Dennis Cover sister-in-law Karen Seaton, husband  Barney, niece, Delaney, brother-in-law Danny Cover and wife Amy and brother-in-law, Eric Hanula,  He is also survived by numerous cousins.


Friends will be received in the Stockdale Volunteer Fire Department on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm.  A Blessing Service will begin at 11 am on Wednesday in the Stockdale VFD with Fr. James Bump as Celebrant.


Interment will be private and at the convenience of Tim’s family.


In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to the Western Pennsylvania Police Benevolent Foundation.  PO Box 444, South Park, PA 15129 or


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February 16, 2021

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Stockdale Volunteer Fire Department

February 16, 2021

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Stockdale Volunteer Fire Department

February 17, 2021

11:00 AM
Blessing Service (Stockdale VFD)


Western Pennsylvania Police Benevolent Foundation
PO Box 444, South Park PA 15129
Tel: 1-412-874-5827

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