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Edward Harry Sherwood died in an auto accident on 2/7/12 in Hawthorne, Florida. He was 50 years old and is survived by his wife Karen, his daughter Eden, his brother Michael (wife Miquelina and son Gabriel), and father Irvin. An important part of his life was Karen's family, including her parents, her two brothers, her sister, and three nieces.
Ed was born in New York City on December 1, 1961 to Doris and Irvin Sherwood. He was an Eagle Scout and attended the prestigious Bronx High School of Science. He attended SUNY Plattsburgh for two years and worked at the Bronx Zoo before transferring to the University of Florida where he obtained a B.S. degree in Zoology. It was there he met the love of his life, Karen. They married ten years later. After graduating from UF, he attended the Zoo Program at Santa Fe Community College. Ed was hired by San Felasco Nursery and eventually became General Manager. He worked at the nursery for twenty one years before leaving to pursue his dream of creating a bio-dynamic farm. He and Karen started Ochwilla Hill Farm and produced organic vegetables and nursery plants. They also raised Jersey and Cracker Cows.
Environmental causes and political campaigns were very important to Ed. He was former president of the Haile Community Association and a founding member of the Friends of Dudley Farm. The weekly Melrose Farmer's Market was organized by Ed as well as the annual Butterfly Festival and Melrose Christmas Parade. Ed was an avid bird lover and enjoyed visiting National Parks and exploring the wilderness.
He was outspoken, passionate, loyal, quick witted, and generous of his time. He was a loving father and gladly shared his extensive knowledge of plants and farm life with anyone interested in learning more about organic or biodynamic techniques.
A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, February 18th at 2p.m. in Heritage Park, State Rt. 26, Melrose Fl. Contributions can be made to Karen Sherwood at BBVA Compass Bank towards a college fund for Eden.
Published in Gainesville Sun from Feb. 16 to Feb. 17, 2012