Thanks for the info. I've looked into it and from what I gather John Francis implicated himself in the killing of Sally 'Bugs' Brigulio and 'Cray Joe' Gallo whilst dying in jail. In doing so he put Sheeran in a precarious position but Sheeran bore him no malice because of this. Nor did he lose any respect for the man because of this. Anyway, I found an article and apparently a rat said this to Coffey about the Redhead:
"He wasn't merely a driver. He was very big in his own right. He had a commercial real estate license. He was independently wealthy from it. He was very close to Bufalino and to Sheeran".
http://hoffasolved.com/Epilogue.pdf -Here's the link to the rest of the article if you wanna know more. Sheeran also goes into much more detail in the book which I am yet to finish.