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Frederick J. Sheehan, 88, former state official ran family law practice, with emphasis on family

Fred Sheehan was a World War II veteran who received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for his service in Europe.
Fred Sheehan was a World War II veteran who received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for his service in Europe.

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After brief stints with the FBI and as a seminary student, Frederick J. Sheehan became a family practice lawyer whose professional choices set a personal example of faith in family. “I remember him telling me he wouldn’t handle divorces,” said his son Mike.

Mr. Sheehan, who died Thursday at 88 and lived nearly his entire life in Weymouth, formerly was state comptroller and chairman of the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission.

He was injured in battle during World War II, and once a mortar fell at his feet.

“It was a dud,” his son said, “and I swear from that moment on he knew God was taking care of him, and he was going to repay that. And he did, every day of his life.”

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