John Sharkey was born in County Sligo, Ireland, on the 10th September 1879.
When he came to Liverpool is not known; however, by 1901 he was lodging with the Nolan family at Shadwell Street in the city. On the 13th September 1903, he married Mary Nolan, one of the Nolan daughters. The couple resided at Milford Street, initially at No. 4, but later moved to No. 1, where they resided for the remainder of their lives with their children.
John was employed by the Cunard Steam Ship Co. Ltd. as a greaser, but signed on as an electric attendant in the Engineering Department on board the
Lusitania, for what would end up being her final round-trip voyage.
When the great liner was sunk on the 7th May 1915 off the southern coast of Ireland, John was fortunate to be counted among the survivors.
He eventually made it back to Liverpool, where he was officially discharged from the liner’s final voyage and paid the balance of wages owing to him in respect of his sea service until the 8th May 1915, 24 hours after the liner had gone down.
John Sharkey continued to serve in the mercantile marine for many years. Although he continued to reside at 1. Milford Street, Liverpool, he died on the 11th March 1961 at 55. Hampstead Road, Wallasey, Cheshire. He was aged 81 years. He was buried at Ford Cemetery, Liverpool, on the 16th March in grave 1A.77
Administration of his estate was granted to his son, Thomas Sharkey, described as a dock labourer at Liverpool on the 14th April 1961 and his effects amounted to £529-11s.-0d. (£529.55p.).
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1901 Census of England and Wales, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Cunard Records, Probate Records, PRO BT 350.