Frank Sheeran

The Irishman
Birth Name:
Francis Joseph Sheeran
Birth Date:
October 25, 1920
Birth Place:
Camden, New Jersey
Death Date:
December 14, 2003
Place of Death:
Pembrooke Health and Rehabilitation Residence, West Chester, Pennsylvania
Cause of Death:
Cemetery Name:
Holy Cross Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Crime and their Victims
Frank Sheeran was a truck driver, corrupt labor union official and alleged mafia hitman. Sheeran is thought by some to have murdered Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa, (among dozens of others) and was the subject of the 2019 film "The Irishman" starring Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. The truth of the matter is that Sheeran, near death struggling with cancer, dictated his life story to writer Charles Brandt who created a book that was adapted into the movie "The Irishman." In the book Sheeran told Brandt that he had committed one of the country's most infamous unsolved crimes: the murder of Jimmy Hoffa, a powerful onetime leader of the Teamsters Union with ties to organized crime. Sheeran also took credit for killing "Crazy Joe" Gallo, a mobster who was taken out at his own birthday party in 1972. Sheeran's claims got even wilder. He portrayed himself as a peripheral character in JFK's assassination, and a minor player in the Bay of Pigs invasion. Somehow, this previously low-profile thug was the lynchpin in every major unsolved, mob-linked hit. In the end, he claimed to have killed more than 25 people yet the FBI has not been able to link Sheeran to a single killing.

Fun Facts

The first words Jimmy Hoffa said to Frank Sheeran were: “I heard you paint houses.” This wasn’t a reference to Sheeran’s decorating skills but a euphemism for killing people – “painting the house” referred to splattering blood over the floors and walls in violent executions.

With regards to the execution of Joey Gallo at Umberto’s Clam House, After the shooting of mob boss Joseph Columbo, the new boss recruited Colombo associate Philip Gambino, Genovese soldier Carmine “Sonny Pinto” DiBiase, and two other men – reputedly members of the Patriarca family – to successfully kill Joey Gallo. Frank Sheeran was not involved.

An associate of the Columbo crime family once said of Frank Sheeran: “The only thing Frank ever killed was a bottle of red wine.”

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Holy Cross Cemetery

626 Baily Road

Yeadon, Pennsylvania, 19050


North America


Map of Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon, Pennsylvania
Map of Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon, Pennsylvania

Grave Location:

Blessed Mother Mausoleum

Grave Location Description

Drive to the top level of the Blessed Mother Mausoleum (you can see it from the front office). Park in the center and walk over to the far left building in the complex. Walk to the open window and then look to your left for the final resting place of the mob’s greatest story teller and fabricator of Cosa Nostra history, Frank Sheeran.

Grave Location GPS

39.93463182733302, -75.25431691077138

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