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Sherwood William Anderson

September 19, 1928 ~ June 4, 2017 (age 88)

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The Rev. Captain Sherwood William Anderson, Ph.D. The Rev. Captain Sherwood William Anderson, Ph.D., died peacefully in his sleep in the home he shared with his wife, Liz, at Westminster Towers, Winter Park, Florida, on Sunday, June 4, 2017. At 88 years old, he lived a full and fabulous life. Passionate about his service to the Lord, researching his family’s genealogy, authoring countless articles and papers, doting on his grandchildren, and “puttering” around the summer cottage in Maine, Sherry (as he was known to family and friends), kept quite active, even after retirement. He joked that he had more to do after he retired than when he was working full time! Married just shy of 53 years, Sherry and his wife Liz also enjoyed traveling throughout the United States visiting friends and family. Sherry graduated from Colgate University in 1950, from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1953, and from the University of Edinburgh with his Ph.D. in 1956. Over his 50 active years as a minister, he served at Covenant Church in Scranton, Pennsylvania; First Presbyterian Church in Chester, Pennsylvania; Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio; Winter Park Presbyterian Church in Winter Park, Florida; and as an interim senior pastor for churches in PA, OH, IN, KS, MI, AL, TX, MI and KY. Dr. Anderson served 27 years in the U.S. Navy Reserves as Chaplain, retiring with the rank of Captain. During his service, he served in training centers, schools, hospitals, naval stations, ships at sea, and abroad with NATO. Passionate about genealogy, he traced his family as far back as the late 1500s—no small feat! Proving to be a descendant of 12 of the 102 Mayflower passengers (who in 1620 established the first permanent colony in New England), he always began the family Thanksgiving dinner with a short prayer and a mini-sermon on the first Thanksgiving. He served a six-year term as Elder General with the General Society of Mayflower Descendants in Plymouth, Massachusetts Dr. Anderson also served other leadership roles: Moderator of the Presbytery of Cincinnati; Trustee of Eckerd College in Florida; Director and Sergeant at Arms of the Orange County East Rotary Club in Florida; and Honorary Member of the Farmington Rotary Club in Maine. Born in Brooklyn, New York on September 19, 1928, he is survived by his loving wife Mary Elizabeth (“Liz”); their son David Turner Anderson and wife Tricia, their daughter Sophia Elizabeth and son Nicholas Turner; and daughter Bethany Anderson and her son David William. Dr. Anderson is also survived on his mother’s side by a cousin, Lucie M. Shannon and family in New York, and niece Rebecca J. Wetherbee and family in Maine. On his father’s side he is survived by his aunt Virginia M. Candelora and cousins Dennis Winkler and family, Betty E. Shine, Marjorie L. Kerr, Barbara M. Hackett, Dr. Charles H. Anderson, Robert E. Anderson, Jon R. Anderson, David A. Anderson, Theodore P. Anderson, Virginia G. and June M. McCandless, Judy L. Heinz and Peter J. Candelora. The cousins are scattered from New Jersey to Oregon. He was preceded in death by his younger sister Gail Ouellette, and his parents Samuel William and Florence Voter Anderson Jackson. He once preached, “I have no way to quantify how many people I have preached to; how many baptized, married, buried; how many visits completed, how many meetings chaired, how many dollars raised. The account is not in the numbers, but in the heart. “If somewhere there is a will to do justice, if there flows a tear of sympathy, if death’s terror is dissolved, if dishes are washed and clothes mended because our Lord was one who served, if there is a quiet prayer for a friend in need, if . . . if . . . if, then there the seed has taken root and grows. ‘The seed is the Word of God’, Jesus said, explaining his parable. “I have sown that seed, and it grows, hidden in hidden hearts, blossoming unexpectedly in unexpected places, viable still with the vitality of God. None has been wasted. And so, friends now and always, farewell. The seed grows yet, for hearts are warm and God is good. Thank you for sharing the faith that strengthens, and the love which endures.”  The family will be receiving friends Thursday, June 8, 2017 from 11:00 AM ~ 1:00 PM at Collison Family Funeral Home 3806 Howell Branch Rd. Winter Park, Fl., 32792. Funeral services will follow  at 1:00 PM. Interment with a short military ceremony will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery, 5525 U.S. Highway 1, Mims, FL 32754. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Rotary’s PolioPlus fund: Please designate “PolioPlus.” Sherwood was very active in Rotary, which has the goal of eradicating polio from the earth. For every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $2. Donations to Rotary may be made here: https://my.rotary.org/en/document/memorial-or-tribute-gift-form Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: Sherwood was a runner and began every day with a one- to two-mile run. A team will be running the Goofy Challenge (a 10k and half marathon) in his Memory on January 6, 2018. All donations will go directly to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society can be made here: http://pages.teamintraining.org/ga/wdw18/BAnderson


 Service Information

Visitation
Thursday
June 8, 2017

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Collison Family Funeral Home & Crematory
3806 Howell Branch Rd
Winter Park, FL 32792

Funeral Service
Thursday
June 8, 2017

1:00 PM
Collison Family Funeral Home & Crematory
3806 Howell Branch Rd
Winter Park, FL 32792

Interment
Thursday
June 15, 2017

2:00 PM
Cape Canaveral National Cemetery
5525 US-1
Mims, FL 32754


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