Clayton R. Sherman

March 28, 2013  

Clayton R. Sherman, 77, passed away from complications of cancer, Tuesday, March 26, at his home in Galesville, Md. He was under the care of Hospice.

There will be a Celebration of Life (in place of calling hours) for Clayton (Clay) R. Sherman on Sunday, April 21, at the Elks Lodge in Watertown. The time is anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. Snacks, soda and coffee will be provided. This will be a casual event to reflect on Clay's life and share your condolence with family and friends. Stop by and view some pictures, share some stories, Celebrate Life. Pass this information on to those that may want to attend.

Born March 4, 1936, in Watertown, a son of the late Ray H. and Lilly B. Schultz Sherman, he graduated in 1954 from Watertown High School.

He enlisted in the Marines, serving until 1958. After his discharge he worked at Capital Airlines in Washington, D.C., then for an industrial laundry. He then settled in Galesville, Md., where he worked at The Hartge Yacht Yard. He lived close to the yacht yard where his work and his fellow workers were a large part of his life. 

Dick Zimmerman, a friend from Hartge and longtime friend, Linda Owen, spent much time helping Clay during his illness. 

Clay was a very active even into his 70s. He played hockey on the Geri Hatricks Hockey Team from Laurel, Md., and enjoyed bowling.

Surviving are a brother, Jim Sherman, and his wife, Jo Ann Pastor, Watertown; a daughter from his first marriage, Lisa (Gerry) Pannoni, who have four children and three grand-children; and a daughter from his second marriage Tracey (Doug) Scott, who have three children. Clay's many nieces and nephews will miss his annual visits to his hometown.

A sister, Evelyn (Sherman) Phelps, passed away Dec. 23, 2012.

There will be no calling hours. A private cremation is at the convenience of the family. 

A “Celebration of Clay's Life” will be announced when arrangements are finalized.

Condolences can be made to Jim Sherman, 21529 NYS RT 232, Watertown, NY 13601 or e-mailed to They will be passed on to family members.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice in your area.

Information provided by the family and and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.