JOSEPH MICHAEL SHERLOCK, JR.
August 5, 1943 ˜ December 29, 2021
Joe Sherlock, entrepreneur, engineer, “car guy” extraordinaire and O-gauge rail enthusiast, died on Dec. 29, 2021, of complications following a heart attack. He was 78 years old.
Joseph Michael Sherlock, Jr. was born Aug. 5, 1943, in Philadelphia, PA, to Joseph and Anne (McNicholas) Sherlock. He graduated from St. Joseph’s Prep School, Phila, PA, in 1961, and from Villanova University in 1965 with a BS in mechanical engineering. After graduation, Joe worked as a development engineer at Uniroyal and then Rohm & Haas, first in the engineering lab and later in sales and marketing.
In 1966, Joe married the love of his life Carol Jean Howell. They welcomed a son Joseph III in 1967 and a daughter Kathleen in 1970.
In 1978, Joe and his family moved across country to Corvallis, OR, to pursue his dream of owning a business. Together with a business partner, Discovery Plastics grew from one employee to a worldwide distributer of acrylic displays and store fixtures with 70+ employees.
In 1989, Joe and Carol moved to Battle Ground, WA, and he began a new career as a management consultant to small and mid-sized companies. For 8 years, he wrote a popular “Doin’ Business” newspaper column for The Columbian, and authored 7 books. Joe volunteered with SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) for 25+ yrs. He retired from “Sherlock Strategies” in 2011.
A self-described car nut, Joe had a passion for old cars, especially classic Lincolns. He owned a 1956 and ’57 Continental Mark II, the ’57 winning a Ford Motor Co. trophy at the 1994 Western National Meet. He served as Director of LCOC (Lincoln Continental Owner’s Club) and wrote and edited the chapter’s newsletter from 1992-2003. A talented illustrator, he drew many auto sketches and wrote extensively about cars on his blog (“The View Through The Windshield,” at www.joesherlock.com
) and reviewed books about cars. His 1939 Plymouth Coupe street rod became his therapy car during two bouts with cancer.
Joe is survived by Carol, his wife of 55 years; their son, Joseph III (Evette) and grandson, Connor; their daughter, Kathleen Sherlock Bowers (David); and brother, Terence (Margie). In addition to his immediate family, he also leaves many cousins, friends and neighbors.
Despite many medical problems in his later years, Joe always lived life to the absolute fullest; his humor, determination and intellect were truly unmatched.
A Funeral Mass will be held at St. James Cathedral 218 W. 12th St. Vancouver Sat., Jan. 15, at 11:45 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ray Hickey Hospice House or a charity of your choice
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Published by The Columbian on Jan. 9, 2022.