Montana Democrats statement on the death of John “Skeff” Sheehy

HELENA -- Montanans lost a legendary political leader on Friday with the death of the Hon. John “Skeff” Sheehy -- a longtime Democratic legislator and former Montana Supreme Court Justice.

 Sheehy, 99, died in Helena on Friday. Raised in Butte during its heyday and then the Great Depression, Sheehy went on to become a well-respected attorney in Billings and represented the city as a Democratic legislator in the Montana House of Representatives from 1959-1965, then in the Montana Senate from 1969 to 1971. In 1978 he was appointed and subsequently re-elected as a Montana Supreme Court Justice, where he served until 1991.

Sheehy, who was preceded in death by his wife, Rita, in 2012, raised 11 children, many of whom are also public servants in Montana -- from the Legislature to the Montana Board of Regents to the classroom, courtrooms and beyond.

“Montana was fortunate to have Skeff Sheehy serve our state in so many ways over his lifetime. His legacy has lasted long past his retirement and will continue to last for generations to come,” said Nancy Keenan, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party. “He will always be remembered as a gentle giant of public service in this state. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sheehy family as they gather to honor and remember a remarkable man.”


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