Barbara Wilkes Sheehan

  • Born: October 7, 1963
  • Died: September 12, 2020
  • Location: Concord, Massachusetts

Concord Funeral Home

Director - Glenn D. Burlamachi, CFSP
74 Belknap St.
Concord, MA 01742
Tel. (978) 369-3388

Tribute & Message From The Family

Barbara Wilkes Sheehan, 56, of Concord, Massachusetts passed away peacefully at her home on September 12, 2020.

The youngest of four and only daughter of Col. Lowell Lyndon Wilkes, Jr. and Rosemary Jarvis Wilkes, Barbara was born on October 7, 1963. She grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts in a loving home alongside her three older brothers. The values of humility, generosity, and lifelong friendship were instilled in her at a young age. Barbara also developed an appreciation for language, witty puns and clever turns of phrase.

At the end of eighth grade, Barbara moved with her parents to Amherst, New Hampshire where she attended Mount Saint Mary's Seminary School in Nashua. After high school, Barbara headed north to Colby College in Maine where she graduated with a degree in Spanish, studying abroad in both Mexico and Spain, and met her husband, Andy.

After nearly a decade of dating, Barbara and Andy wed in 1990 and enjoyed nearly 30 years of happy marriage. They settled in Concord where they raised their two children, Kyle and Emily, as well as a few dogs along the way. In Barbara's eyes, often much to Andy's chagrin, her children could do no wrong while her husband on the other hand…! Barbara made a career out of her love for fashion and the creature comforts of life, most notably at Eileen Fisher in Boston where she worked for 20 years and most recently on "The Avenue" at J. Miles in Cambridge.

Barbara often remarked that she "lived a beautiful life." She treasured her dear family and many, many friends who she stayed connected with up until her death. She cherished trips to her family's New Hampshire lake house, "Perrywood," Cape Cod, Texas, and her happy place of Arizona. Barbara was never one to sit still, even while sick. An avid supporter of local artisans and "shopping small," she loved nothing more than stumbling upon a small boutique, jeweler, or craft fair, and selecting and gifting her one-of-a-kind finds. Her love for shopping could only be matched by her sweet tooth. Barbara would travel to Maine for lemon shortbread, Rhode Island for caramels, and New York City for half-pound cookies.

Barbara is preceded in death by her parents and uncle, Billy Jarvis. She is survived by her husband, Andy; two children, Kyle and Emily; a dog, Jarvis; her three brothers, Lyndon of Takoma Park, Maryland, Ray (Deb) of Chatham, MA, and Bill of Merrimack, NH; cousins Jac, Ruth, and Mary of Hubbard, Texas; her nieces and nephews, Tina, Ben, Chelsea, Alyssa, Jessica, Kasey, and Taylor; her grandnieces and nephews, Pancho, Thomas, Connor, Reagan, and Owen. She also is survived by her in-laws, Tom and Lucy Sheehan, and four sister-in-laws and their families.

Due to COVID-19, Barbara will be buried privately in Westview Cemetery, Lexington; her family hopes to celebrate her life next summer.

The family is forever grateful for Barbara's team of doctors and nurses at Dana-Farber and Brigham and Women's Hospital. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Barbara to support Dr. Jennifer Chan and the Neuroendocrine and Carcinoid Tumors Research Program at: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or alternatively at

Condolence & Memory Journal

With deep sorrow we learn of dear Barbara's passing. A kind, loving, generous neighbor, Barb always brightened our day with a quip and a vivacious smile. We will miss her and cherish her memory. May her spirit fly with the angels and may Andy, Kyle, and Emily be sustained by a multitude of happy memories.

Posted by Karl and Ellen Schoellkopf - Boylston, MA - Neighbor   October 26, 2020

Dear Andy, Kyle, and Emily, I am very sorry for your loss. Barbie was such a wonderful person. She was always there for her friends, to listen, to laugh, and to enjoy life together. I am glad we were able to spend time together over the past few years to catch up on each other's lives. I was lucky to have Barbie in my life and I will keep her in my memories. Love, Lisa

Posted by Lisa Hernandez - Lexington, MA - Friend   October 12, 2020


Dear Andy, Kyle and Emily,
I just heard about Barbara's passing. I'm so saddened by this news. She was so strong and positive; never a complaint despite all she went through. She kept her humor throughout it all and Al and I so admired her strength and perseverance. I loved living across the street from you all, watching Emily play basketball and Kyle grow up to the sky. Such a wonderful family! Andy who faithfully bailed out Al and I during winter storms. Barbara is a star in the sky always shining down on all of you.
Leslie (and Al too)

Posted by Leslie Luppold - Concord, MA - Neighbor   September 23, 2020

Dear Andy, Kyle and Emily, I was saddened to hear that Barbara had passed away. Barbara was a wonderful person. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. I am so sorry for you loss.

Posted by Victoria Zaring - Weston, MA - Friend   September 21, 2020

Dear Andy, Kyle and Emily,
We were very fortunate to be your across the street neighbors for 10 years. Barbara was so kind and generous to us. She just had a beautiful way about her. It warmed our hearts just being near her. We will never forget when we had our first baby 26 years ago. You barely knew us. There was a blizzard and you two took it upon yourselves to plow our driveway so we would be able to get in when we came back from the hospital. Barbara and her spirit continue to live on in our heart and the hearts of many others. Sending love and strength to your family at this hard time.

Posted by Bonnie and Peter Krims - Concord, MA - Friend   September 20, 2020

I am so deeply saddened to hear of Barb's passing. Although; she was a client of mine at the bank in Concord, she always treated me like a friend. So sincere, funny, complimentary and always displaying her beautiful smile. It was a joy And a privilege to get to know Barb and her beautiful family in the nine years, I spent in Concord. My deepest sympathies to Andy, her two children and family members. May she rest in eternal peace. Barbara you will forever have a special place in my heart.

Posted by Carol Bartalussi - Westford, MA - Acquaintance   September 20, 2020

Memories of West Roxbury and Hull. Auntie Nancy always in the center, especially on trim a tree night. We remember the good times...Love Ann Connolly

Posted by Ann Connolly - Westwood, MA - Family Friend   September 17, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family..God Bless.

Posted by Priscilla Morency - Nashua, NH - Friend   September 16, 2020

Dearest Barbie, my "fourth daughter", loved and always remembered.
Love and sympathy to Andy, Kyle, Emily and all Wilkes and Sheehan families.

Posted by Kerstin Cotran - Lexington, MA - Family Friend   September 15, 2020

To the Sheehan, Wilkes & Jarvis Family: We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Barbara - She was a very kind, warm, & caring person. May all memories of her over the years sustain you at this time of such a monumental loss. With deepest sympathy, Ellen & Dan Gregoire

Posted by Ellen Gregoire - North Hampton, NH - Acquaintance   September 15, 2020

On behalf of the entire Bishop Guertin Family, I offer our condolences during this time of unbearable loss. We hope that you find comfort in the love and support of your family and friends. We hold you all in our thoughts and prayers.
With sympathy
Linda Brodeur MSM '78, President BGHS

Posted by Linda Brodeur - Nashua, NH - Acquaintance   September 15, 2020

Barbie - you were a great roommate freshman year at Colby. We couldn't have been more different and yet we got on so well and were still friends all this time. I would say that is down to you and your generosity and love. I will miss you. xx

Posted by Valerie Madden - Ulverston - Friend   September 15, 2020

Hi family,
I am so so sorry to hear about Barb's difficult time, along with all of you. I worked with her at EF for years and truly enjoyed her so much. Always laughing and having fun and extremely kind.
Take care and be well. You are in my heart and thoughts.

Posted by Karen King    September 15, 2020

We just heard of this shocking loss. We don't know what to say. We will write a true letter to your home. Sending love from our whole family. Gregory, Andy, Luke, Alex, and Helen Maguire Newman.

Posted by Gregory Maguire - Concord, MA - Friend   September 14, 2020

I'll always remember your warm welcome as I stumbled into a district product knowledge meeting as the new hire. Thank you for making me feel comfortable at an awkward moment. I pray you are the one to greet me again one day.

Posted by Barrie Feldman - Wellesley, MA - Coworker   September 14, 2020

Dear Andy, Kyle, and Emily - we wish you all the very best, during a very sad time. Lots of love, Rob, Betty, Julian and Ella Baldwin

Posted by Rob Baldwin - Central, SC - Friend   September 14, 2020

So very sorry about your mom. She was an amazing person with a kind heart. She will be missed.

Posted by Sharon Loftus - Middleboro, MA - Friend   September 14, 2020

She will be so missed! Hugs to Andy, Kyle and Emily.

Posted by Kerry Daley - Lexington, MA - Friend   September 14, 2020

Barbara was a beautiful, funny woman with a heart of gold

Posted by LouLou Cabour - BOSTON, MA - Coworker   September 14, 2020

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