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Albert John Sheridan

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Albert John Sheridan, 78 of Goodyear, AZ died January 30, 2021, in Phoenix, AZ.  He was born August 5, 1942, to Philip and Marie Sheridan in Chicago, IL.

Al earned his bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University and his Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from Case Western Reserve University.

He spent the bulk of his professional career as a management consultant and Vice President at LIMRA International, a Windsor, CT based research and consulting organization serving the financial services industry.  A brilliant researcher, he thrived on helping companies use research to create a competitive advantage.  In the later stages of his career, his interests turned to regulatory compliance and he led the creation of several LIMRA services designed to help companies ensure that clients were treated fairly and ethically.

Upon Al’s retirement, LIMRA awarded him the inaugural Al Sheridan Award for excellence in product development.  This award has subsequently been presented to individuals or teams who have demonstrated remarkable accomplishments in product development.

Al loved the outdoors and was an avid golfer, skier, hiker, runner and sailor.  After retiring, he and his wife Layne traveled the world.  He visited over 40 countries on six continents and was looking forward to checking off the seventh continent, Antarctica, once the COVID pandemic was over.  An avid animal lover, he was partial to dogs and carried dog treats in his pocket when he traveled so he could get his “dog fix” even when he was halfway around the world.

As Parkinson’s Disease took away his ability to do his favorite physical activities, he turned to trading stock options to keep his brain engaged.  He worked on studying markets and refining his strategies seven days a week.

He is survived by his wife Layne; son Kevin and his wife Pam; grandchildren Jenna Sheridan and Patrick Sheridan; Greyson and Parker Clancy whom he considered his grandchildren; sister-in-law Kathy Sheridan; nephews Phil Sheridan (Ann), Dan Sheridan (Kristen), and Michael Sheridan (Jen); and his four-legged children Rowdy and Rocky.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Philip Sheridan.

A celebration of life service will be scheduled at a time to be determined.

The family suggests that donations be made to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Center, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, or the Parkinson’s Foundation.

20 Comments on “Albert John Sheridan

  1. It was a pleasure to meet Al and get to know him for a short time. He was a gentle soul and will be missed!

  2. What a life well lived! I feel privileged to have known Al …. even just a little bit.

  3. We are so sorry that Al will no longer be with us.

    We were blessed to be able to call him a friend. He always had a quick wit and we knew we could always depend on him to “call it like it is”, even if that meant taking an unpopular stance.

    Renee and I are so thankful that we were able to reconnect with Layne and Al over the last few years rekindling our friendship rooted in CT and becoming neighbors we could share holiday dinners with. What a treat that has been for us.

    RIP my friend. You departure will leave a hole.

  4. Rest in Peace, Al. The time we knew you in Utah was relatively short, but a privilege. Now you are free of the destruction and limitations of Parkinson’s Disease.
    Our condolences to the family for your loss.

  5. Very very nice. Al was a special guy and did whatever he put his mind to. He was a pleasure to be around and his intellect and interests were boundless. You always had fun and learned something when you hung out with Al.

  6. One of the brightest guys I ever knew. He could also light up a room and new how to have a good time. Remembering those days at LIMRA. Do something creative in his honor.

  7. To Layne and the entire Sheridan family,

    My heart is broken over the passing of Al. Al hired me into LIMRA almost 40 years ago and was not only my first boss, but a mentor and a dear friend. So many good memories, including ski trips, golf events, as well as admiring his beer can collection! So many fun times at the LIMRA summer outings and holiday luncheons with Al. I had the pleasure of introducing many of my friends to Al and they all said, “what a great guy”! Yes, he was! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you!

    Rick Funke

  8. To the Sheridan Family,
    Sorry to hear of the passing of Al, working man. I use to deliver mail to his office. He always said hello with a smile and i always said have a blessed day. My prayers are with you and your family. God will comfort you during your loss and give you grace and peace to go on. Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal Shawn Colbert- Windsor, Ct

  9. Layne, I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He had a great sense of humor and such a kind caring man.

  10. Layne,
    I am so sorry to hear about Al. I had the pleasure of working with Al on a strategic marketing review in the 1990s and learned so much just watching Al in action. He was an incredibly smart and talented person. I appreciated his words of support and encouragement as I progressed in my career. He was a mentor to so many.

  11. Layne,
    I am so sorry to hear of Al’s passing. Working with him so early in my career was an amazing opportunity to learn from the best. I will keep you in my thoughts during this very sad time for you and all of Al’s family.


  12. Al is fondly remembered. I am reminded of the absent minded professor but in his case nothing could be farther from the truth. A true man of science and a lovely fellow.

  13. Without doubt, a brilliant researcher. A great mind, with an ability to articulate the most difficult of issues to his LIMRA customers with ease, with conviction, and even humor when the situation might call for it. The development of insurance industry tools to deal with regulatory compliance was perhaps his most significant work accomplishments.

    A quick wit, an excellent “thinker”, and a man who did not necessarily think being “on time” as always being paramount.

    Our condolences to Layne,

  14. Layne,

    I’m saddened to hear of Al’s passing. We had a lot of fun working and playing together in years past. We had a great sailing adventure to Block Island years ago. Giles, Al, and I each had sailboats at the time, and we all met at Great Salt Pond on BI, and rafted up for an evening of good beers and a contractor’s bag full of popcorn to get us started.

    Al was a brilliant man, as you know. LIMRA continues to benefit from his visionary thinking. We were all very lucky to have had him as a colleague and a friend.

    My condolences to you, Layne, and your extended family. May he rest in peace.


  15. Layne,
    Thinking of you. So sorry to hear about Al. Keep your memories close – I’m sure you have many to keep him with you!!

  16. Layne you have our sympathy. Al was quite a guy and will be missed by all. He was the first person I met when I started at LIMRA.

    Jim & Wil Mitchel

  17. Our deepest sympathies for Al’s passing. Although we were shortly acquainted, we quickly formed a friendship of trust and integrity.
    Al was an inspiration and a leader of our inaugural Pedaling For Parkinson’s program. We’ll deeply miss him.

  18. Al’s smile will always remain in my memory. Working with him at LIAMA / LIMRA was indeed a pleasure. You will remain in my prayers as you adjust to your loss.

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