Parker Bennett Sherwood III
1950 - 2021
BORN
1950
DIED
2021

Parker Bennett Sherwood III

Aug. 9, 1950 - Jan. 8, 2021

On Friday, January 8, 2021 Parker Bennett Sherwood III, loving husband and father of two children, passed away after a brief but tragic battle with Covid-19.

He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Cynthia Clusen Sherwood; his 13 year old son Parker Bennett Sherwood IV; his 10 year old daughter Laurel Brynn Sherwood; and extended family.

Parker was born on August 9, 1950 in Schenectady to Parker Bennett Sherwood, Jr. and Doris Dox Sherwood. He received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, in 1975.

A man of many interests who reinvented himself numerous times, he also held a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Syracuse University, studied Hotel Management at Paul Smiths College, accounting at SUNY Albany, and earned a number of Microsoft certifications. While his last professional position was as a computer technician with Community Bank, NA in Canton, he also had careers teaching elementary school music and college philosophy, and rose through the ranks in human services organizations where he served those with mental illness.

In addition to these achievements, Parker had a very early career as a marimbist and percussionist who played regularly with the Albany Symphony while a student at Scotia-Glenville High School. As an adult he developed a passion for backpacking and canoeing in the Adirondacks. These lengthy solo trips were deeply meaningful to him and led him to become a strong advocate for the protection of the Adirondacks.

Their shared interest in music and the Adirondacks was one of the things that brought Parker and his wife Cynthia together. They married in 2004 and had two beautiful children who miss him and his Dad jokes dearly. He spent the last eight years of his life as a stay-at-home Dad, totally devoted to Parker and Laurel. He loved to cook for his family, garden and landscape, and support his kids in all their academic and extra-curricular endeavors. Above all else, those who knew him best knew what it was to be loved totally and unconditionally. He was his wife's and children's biggest fan and supporter.

A private celebration of Parker's life will be at a later date. Memorial contributions may be directed to Protect the Adirondacks or the Glens Falls Hospital Foundation.


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Published by Post-Star on Jan. 21, 2021.
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I was in the same elementary school class with Parker whose nickname was Skip. We were friends and I used to go to his house and see him play the marimba. He was very talented. I lost track of him after high school and just a couple of days ago I thought I´d see if I could look him up. I feel sad that I didn´t do that sooner. I always remember him as a very good person.
Bill Hartman
January 29, 2021
I'm so sorry to hear about Parker's passing. He was a great guy and I'm lucky to have had the opportunity to work with him for a few years. He will be missed by all of those who were fortunate enough to have met him.
Aaron Friot
January 23, 2021
Mr. Sherwood was my music teacher in Fulton, New York, in the mid-1970s. He was kind, thoughtful, and very good to his students. My family moved away from Fulton in 1979, but he was one of the most indelible people from my elementary school years, and he has served as one of my models through the 28 years of my own teaching career. Rest in peace, Mr. Sherwood.
Alan Silvidi
January 22, 2021
Mr. Sherwood was my music teacher at Lanigan Elementary in Fulton, NY. I remember him so well and I loved going to music class! He was a wonderful teacher and my clearest memory is of him teaching us the harpsichord. I'm just sorry I didn't get to tell him that. I am a teacher now and his wonderful teaching inspires me to work even harder.
Camille Elkins
January 22, 2021
Steve and Barb Krauz
January 21, 2021
Sending love and condolences to Cindy, Parker, and Laurel. Parker will be dearly missed. He was indeed someone who cared deeply and engaged wholly in whatever he put his mind to. I will forever be grateful for the positive impact he had on my life, including fostering my love of learning and spending time in nature. In my collection, the photos he took (when photography was in his laser focus) far outnumber the images I have of him, so consider this image a bit like capturing the Yeti in his element: 1993, he'd just finished Day 7 of a backwoods adventure in the West Canadas.
Jenn Gibbs
January 21, 2021