Stephen D. Sharkey, 90, of Bridgewater passed away Friday, March 16, 2018 at Bridgewater Retirement Home.

Friends called March 21 at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg. A private service will be held at the Columbarium of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Raleigh, N.C.

Mr. Sharkey was born Aug. 29, 1927 in Staten Island, and was the son of the late Stephen and Elizabeth Sharkey. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of over 60 years, Edna Elizabeth Sharkey, who passed away July 28, 2012.

Stephen proudly served in the U.S. Army during WWII, where he was a Military Police Officer. He took those experiences with him to work as a New York State Trooper for more than 20 years, retiring in the early 1970s. Shortly after retirement, he and his wife moved to the Shenandoah Valley.

He was an avid gun enthusiast, raced sports cars with the Sports Car Club of America, and could be found sailing his sail boat with his family on the weekends. He was one of the oldest members of the N.Y. State Troopers. Since living in the Valley, he would often visit the local shooting range to give others instructions on how to shoot safely and correctly. He was a proud grandfather and great-grandfather, and loved his cat, Miss Kitty.

His surviving family includes his children, Stephen A. Sharkey and wife, Annette of Liverpool, and Diane E. Elmayan and husband, Russell of Raleigh, N.C.; grandchildren, Stephen Sharkey, Chastine Kyger, Sarah Kyger, and Beth Carmosino; four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cat’s Cradle, 122 S. Main St., Harrisonburg Va., 22801. Condolences may be shared at www.kygers.com.