John’s family is saddened to announce that he died at his home on Thursday, August 11, 2022.
The son of Ralph and Muriel Sherwood, John grew up in Norton with his older siblings Lil, Katie, and Andy.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from Nova Scotia Tech in 1972, John worked as a site supervisor for Rocca Construction for twenty years. Beginning in 1992, he served as the Vice President of Maxim Construction until his retirement in 2014.
Throughout his life, John loved staying busy and helping others. He was a Scout leader, coached both softball and hockey for decades, and played hockey and golf as much as he could. He and Lois also became passionate bridge players, traveling to tournaments all around North America.
At home, John was the ultimate do-it-yourselfer. There was no job that he wouldn’t first tackle himself – even if it meant the occasional electrical shock. He was constantly building, fixing, and problem solving. Whatever Lois or the boys needed, he would do, unless it involved spelling.
In the summers, John could usually be found at the cottage (ideally on his kayak) on the beautiful Belleisle Bay. Few places - if any - were as meaningful to him. John worked year-round to make it a welcoming spot for family and friends.
Once the boys had all grown up, John had more time to pursue another passion: traveling. Although he could confuse his right from his left, John and Lois visited many countries in Europe, China, Bermuda, Mexico, Hawaii, and multiple provinces and states in Canada and the U.S. His annual fall trips to Phoenix with Andy (and Lois, of course) were always a highlight of the year, too.
As a father, John led by example. He worked hard, he honored his word, he treated everyone with dignity, and his sons noticed. Not one to have long-winded lectures, he was direct and honest with his kids. He was always a phone call away, ready to drop whatever he was doing to lend a hand. His boys were lucky to have him teach them what it means to be a good citizen, husband, and father.
John’s memory will live on through his wife, Lois -- whom he always lovingly referred to as “Dolly” – his siblings (Lil, Katie, and Andy), his sons Ian (Jenni), Steve (Rebecca), Neil (Krista), Adam (Bridgette), and Scott (Amanda), and his nine grandkids: Lilly, Owen, Emmitt, Marissa, Camryn, Dominic, Ethan, Hazel, and Everett. He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews.
The family would especially like to thank Dr. Lisa McKnight and Extra Mural in Sussex for their loving and expert care. John was so appreciative of both. A thank you as well goes out to Dr. Scott Green and all the doctors and nurses on 4C North at the Saint John Regional Hospital.
Donations in memory of John can be made to the Extra Mural Program in Sussex, the Canadian Liver Foundation, or the Belleisle Home and School Bursary Fund.
The family will be welcoming visitors at their cottage on the Belleisle Bay at 27 Ganong Lane in Kiersteadville (E5T 3N8) on Monday, August 15th between 2:00-7:00pm.
Arrangements are in the compassionate care of Chipman Funeral Home & Crematorium (339-6612). Memories and condolences may be shared through www.chipmanfuneralhome.ca