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Thursday 22 August 2019

Fr Jim lived a simple life and encouraged others to thrive

Obituary: Fr Jim Sharkey

Fr Jim Sharkey died peacefully in the early hours of June 24, in the presence of his family and of the staff of the care unit of St Patrick's Missionary Society in Kiltegan.

Fr Jim was born in Monasteraden, Co Sligo, in 1934. He joined St Patrick's Missionary Society in September 1952 and was ordained on May 23, 1959.

After ordination, Jim was appointed to the then Diocese of Calabar. That area of Nigeria would be his home for the next 54 years. He ministered in many parishes around Uyo.

Jim was very close to the people. He lived a very simple life. He believed in a very integrated approach to evangelization.

He had a keen interest in leadership training and invested a lot of his time and energy in that ministry. He also encouraged the people to become self-sufficient and helped them to start income generating projects.

Jim left Nigeria in June 2013 and retired to Kiltegan. His health deteriorated over the last couple of years.

He is predeceased by his sisters Mary (Culkin) and Ethna (Dunne) and by his brother John Joe.

Fr Jim is sadly missed by his brother Tom (Dublin), by his nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, his relatives, friends and by his Society family.

His reposing took place at St Patrick's, Kiltegan, with removal to St. Patrick's Chapel at 5.30pm. His funeral Mass was held in St Patrick's, Kiltegan followed by burial in the Society Cemetery.

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