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James Sharkey has passed away.

"He served the City of Côte Saint-Luc for 36 1/2 years," says  Linda L. Verreault, his former secretary. "He started as a policeman in the 60's and eventually had to make a choice between the Police Department or the Fire Department.  He chose the later.  He slowly went up the ranks serving as a firemen, then Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Director and Director of the Fire Department.  He also served as Director of Public Security for a few years before his retirement.    He is remembered as a very jovial, generous boss, well organized, with strong administrative skills and dedication to his craft."

I worked closely with Sharkey during my years as the Côte Saint-Luc beat reporter for The Suburban and later as a PR consultant editing their newsletter.

Below is his obituary.


James S. Sharkey 
Miramichi, N.B. – James Samuel Sharkey, husband of Brenda Sharkey, of Air Force Crescent, Miramichi, passed away at his residence, on Thursday, September 6, 2012, following a lengthy illness, at the age of 73. 
Born in Montreal, on July 3, 1939, he was the son of the late James and Eva (Rivard) Sharkey.  He was former police officer, in Quebec and a retired firefighter, retiring with the position of Director of Public Safety for the community of Cote Saint-Luc, Quebec.  He was an active participant in most activities at the Hermitage Community Center, in Miramichi.  He attended the River of Life Church, Miramichi. 
He is survived by his wife, the former Brenda Dunlop; one step brother, Robert Zamboni (Helen), of Montreal. 
By his request there will be no visitation.  A private graveside memorial service and interment will be held at a later time, in Miramichi. 
As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Miramichi Chapter of the S.P.C.A., or any charity of the donors’ choice would be appreciated by the family.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Adams Funeral Home Ltd., 140 King St., Miramichi, telephone (506)773-3492, or messages of condolences may be sent online to


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Here is some coverage from the ceremony Côte Saint-Luc City Council had when we named the Sports Collection Section of our library after legendary hockey writer Red Fisher.

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