Percival E. Sherman
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1925 - 2013 ADAMS Percival E. Sherman, 87, of 52 Alger St., died Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at Hillcreast Commons Care Center in Pittsfield.
Born in Liberty, Maine, on Sept. 19, 1925, he was the son of Warren and Josephine Curtis Sherman. He came to Adams as a child with his parents and attended Adams Schools.
Percy worked for several years for the General Electric Co. in Pittsfield, as a welder, then also for several years for the Hunter Machine Co. in North Adams until 1960 when he became an Adams Police Officer, retiring in 1980 after 20 years of service.
He was a World War II Navy war veteran, serving an the Pacific Theatre, aboard the USS Princeton aircraft carrier as an Aviation Machinist's Mate, and was one of over one thousand survivors when, on Oct. 24, 1944, the ship was sunk in the Pacific. He was awarded the Victory, the American Theatre, Asiatic-Pacific Theatre, and the Philippine Liberation medals.
He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Adams, a 59-year member and Past Master of Berkshire Lodge of Masons AM & FM in Adams, a member and Past Worthy Patron of Franklin Chapter No 92 Order of the Eastern Star in Adams, a member and Past Exalted Ruler of the Adams Lodge of Elks 1335, and a former member and Past President of the Adams Lions Club.
Percy enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife, the former Bernice Wilbur, whom he married Aug. 12, 1950; a daughter, Jean Sherman of Adams; two brothers, Granville C. Sherman and his wife, Leona, of Orwell, Vt., and Ferdinand Sherman and his wife, Mabel, of Adams; a sister, Hazel Ann Sullivan of Las Vegas; a granddaughter, Tara Aldrich and her husband, Keith, of Taunton; four great-grandchildren, Hanna Bernice Aldrich, Hayley Arline Aldrich, Brooke Lynn-Jeanne Aldrich, and Bree Elizabeth Aldrich, and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a brother, Roland Sherman.
FUNERAL NOTICE: Services for Percival E. Sherman will take place Monday, May 20, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the First Congregational Church in Adams, with the Rev. Michael Mullany, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at a later date at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours.
Donations in his memory can be made to the Shriner's Hospital's in care of the TROTTIER PRINGLE FUNERAL HOME, 6 Summer St., Adams, which is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on May 18, 2013