George "Ben" Sherman
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AGE: 91 • Lewes
George Benjamin Sherman, Jr. "Ben", age 91, of Lewes, DE passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, DE. Mr. Sherman was born March 11, 1923 in Palmer, Mass. son of the late George B. and Hester Landen Sherman of Brimfield, Mass.
Ben graduated from Washington and Lee High School in Arlington, VA. An avid sports enthusiast, he was offered a Football Scholarship at Clemson University, however, the outbreak of WW II quickly changed his college plans to join the US Coast Guard, serving on the US Calcatera, DE-390 Edsall Class Destroyer Escort in the Mediterranean from 1943 to 1945.
Following the war, he attended Springfield College in Massachusetts where he graduated Summa Cum Laud in 1952 with a BS in Physical Education. After a period of being a swimming instructor he took a position as a machine foreman with Titeflex in Springfield, Mass. and other jobs involving machinery before retiring at age 65. He moved to Florida and enjoyed golfing until his hip began to fail and relocated back to Delaware to be near his daughter.
He was a 32 degree Mason with the Joel Prouty Lodge in Auburn, MA and later with Jefferson Lodge # 16 in Lewes, DE and was also in the Order of the Eastern Star, Unity Chapter # 15, Lewes, DE. He was a lifelong member of the First Congregational Church of Brimfield, MA. After moving to Delaware he was also very active as a volunteer with the RSVP program.
In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his brother Milton Sherman in 1995.
He is survived by his wife of 19 years Virginia Haas Sherman, daughters Linda S. Moore of Wilmington, DE and her children Brett Henry and wife Wendy and Joelle Patterson and husband Ken; Judith V. Heritage and husband Charlie of Dover, DE and Alison Parsell and husband Keith of Lewes, DE; a sister Grace Arbor of Belchertown, MA; and two brothers, John Sherman and Charles (Bud) Sherman, both of Brimfield, MA; grandchildren, Todd Heritage, Amy Heritage, Steve Jones, Amanda Boyer, Christina Lopez, Johnathan Parsell, Andrew Parsell; and great grandchildren Kelsey, Shelby, Ashlyn, Trace, Tyler, Caden, Connor, Mason, Kaleigh.
A Celebration of Ben's Life will be held at the Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes, DE on Friday evening April 4, 2014 beginning at 7:30 PM with Masonic Services followed by Christian Services. Friends may call beginning at 6:30 PM. at the funeral home.
Graveside services with military honors will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday April 5, 2014 at Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle, DE
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church, PO Box 203, Brimfield, MA 01010-0203 or to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.
Please visit Mr. Sherman's Life Memorial and sign the online guest book at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com
Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium
16961 Kings Highway Lewes, DE 19958
Published in The News Journal on Apr. 3, 2014