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James Patrick Sherman


1946 - 2016
James Patrick Sherman Obituary
James Patrick "Jim" Sherman died unexpectedly of heart failure in Athens, Georgia on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at the age of 69. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Sherman, brothers Kevin and Terry Sherman and step-children Linda Miller, Janet McCullough, Terry McCullough, and Susannah Overby, two step-grandchildren Maggie and Caitlyn McCullough and their grandmother, Mary Cash.

Jim was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1946 to James Joseph and Marjorie (ne: Brady) Sherman. His father was Hungarian Roman Catholic, and his mother was Jewish. While Jim would go on to study and serve in the Catholic Church, he remained connected to and respectful of the Jewish faith to later convert to Judaism re-connecting spiritually with his mother's heritage. As a youth he attended parochial schools and later DePaul University and Vander Cook School of Music where he earned his Bachelor degree in Music.

Jim's love for music first took him to the Vatican where he earned his Master's degree in Divinity and later a PhD in Metaphysics. His legacy as a musician and artist also includes a mastery of language so thorough that he was entrusted to translate Vatican documents into Latin, the official language in which it conducts all business. Jim was fluent and taught in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. He was also proficient in German, French, Polish, Hungarian, and Russian.

Jim's prolific talent with all things musical from the instruments themselves to the music written and played (if that word adequately serves to describe his work) included skills with the piano, organ, accordion, bagpipe, string and wind instruments, and percussions. He enjoyed playing for family, friends, the church, his beloved Piccolo's, and private events. He taught hundreds of students in all instruments as well as voice. Of his pupils, over 200 now play and perform in non-professional roles, and over 100 students are successful professional musicians, one earning a Grammy and another two Emmy's.

Jim was an unmatched organist who was Minister of Music at the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Madison, Georgia for many years. Jim also taught music for over 30 years at Athens Academy where he coalesced the students and their various skills to form the Athens Academy Jazz Band over 25 years ago. His legacy will also include all of the students who will benefit from that effort for decades to come.

Jim was dedicated and passionate about music, performing, and sharing that love and helping to develop that skill in anyone who expressed an interest. His music was a gift to the whole world, and anyone who ever had the privilege to know him and hear him play will appreciate that sentiment with a smile. He was funny and serious, lighthearted and thoughtful, loving and generous. He was a singular man with an indelible impact on the world around him and all of us who loved him.

Services will be held at Congregation of the Children of Israel, 115 Dudley Dr, Athens on Tuesday, March 8th at 4:00pm.

In lieu of flowers or otherwise please donate to either the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Madison or the Congregation of the Children of Israel in Athens or .

Bridges Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.bridgesfuneral.com 7/5/1946 - 2/28/2016

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Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Mar. 5, 2016
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