Patrick Sheehan, first Jack the Bulldog mascot, died in Bronx car crash Saturday

Patrick Sheehan (COL ’81), the first to don the now-familiar Jack the Bulldog mascot costume, died in a car accident Saturday when an SUV lost control and slammed into his cab on the Hutchinson River Parkway in the Bronx. The cab driver, Ata Noorzi, also died.

Sheehan was headed to LaGuardia Airport for a business trip when a northbound black SUV barreled over the divider into the southbound lane, tearing off the roof of the cab, according to the New York Daily News. The black SUV also hit another car in the southbound lane. The drivers and passengers of both SUVs were taken to a hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

“He was a funny, hardworking, very talented, creative guy,” Tim Sheehan, Patrick Sheehan’s brother, told the New York Daily News. “He knew how to tell a joke and put on voices and do impressions.”

Sheehan first wore the mascot costume in 1977, after the English bulldog Jack II retired. This came shortly after a student committee raised money to restore the tradition of having a live bulldog on campus in 1962, according to a 1983 article in the Georgetown Magazine.

Sheehan is survived by his wife and three sons.

Photo: Jordan Smith/Georgetown Voice

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