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SHERMAN MELVIN WOLF

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SHERMAN MELVIN WOLF Obituary
WOLF, Sherman Melvin 86, died peacefully at his home Friday, March 9, 2012. He was the devoted father of Scott and his wife Hiroko Mochizuki of Beverly Hills, CA; Steve and his wife Michelle of Wayland; and Julie of Newton. He was the cherished grandfather of Jennifer, Russell and Bryant Wolf and loving brother of Myron Wolf and the late Edith Friedlander. He was the chief ball tosser for his beloved dog Enzo. Sherman was a 53-year Master Mason of The Consolidated Lodge. Sherman began his business career at age 16 repairing newly invented televisions for Jordan Marsh. He furthered his training in the Navy serving in World War II and the Korean War as an Electronic Technician Second Class and applied that training to establish Two-Way Radio Engineering, Inc., which provided and serviced all of greater-Boston's police departments and taxi companies with two-way radios. In the early 1960s, Sherman founded Zip-Call, Inc., which became the largest pocket paging company in New England, supplying all of the major Boston hospitals and trades. His innovations and breakthroughs led the industry and advanced the services provided. When no bank would offer financing, Sherman saw the potential of an outdoor music shed in Mansfield, Massachusetts and agreed to co-develop the Great Woods Center amphitheater and later the Harborlights Pavilion in Boston, both projects becoming models for similar facilities throughout the country. Since 1986, Great Woods, now known as the Comcast Center, has provided enjoyment to millions of people in the New England area. While successful in business, Sherman's unique talent was troubleshooting and solving electrical and mechanical problems. He could fix anything and always found the most elegant solution. He was fortunate to have many caring neighbors and friends who enjoyed and appreciated his many talents and skills. Sherman's passion was collecting and repairing antique radios, clocks and cars. He always maintained and repaired his own vintage cars, frequently fabricating parts in his workshop when they could not be found. He participated in road rallies around the world including the Mille Miglia in Italy and Japan. It was at these events where Sherman was truly in his element, often helping other drivers get their cars running again while they stood in awe. While most other participants brought their own mechanics and enjoyed the social parts of the event, Sherman reveled in climbing under the hood to diagnose and repair their cars. He was dearly loved and will be sorely missed in so many ways. Services will be at Temple Shir Tikva, 141 Boston Post Rd., Wayland MA on March 12, 2012 at 11:00 am. Following interment at Beit Olam Cemetery, shiva will be observed at the home of Steven and Michelle Wolf, Monday until 8pm and Tues. 1pm to 8pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Glen Highland Farm Border Collie Rescue, 217 Pegg Rd, Morris, NY 13808, or the . Brezniak-Rodman Chapel www.brezniakrodman.com
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Published in The Boston Globe on Mar. 11, 2012
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