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Irving Frederick Sherwood

Naples, Florida

March 19, 1932 - August 14, 2022

Irving Frederick Sherwood Obituary

Irving F. Sherwood Jr. was born on March 19, 1932 to Irv Sr. and Barbara (nee Fenno) in Lexington, MA. An outstanding student and athlete (Hall of Fame inductee in 2001), Irv graduated Lexington High School in 1949. He attended Kimble Union Academy for one year, and then on to Dartmouth College where he was a stand-out hockey player receiving League and National All-Star recognition in 1953 and 1954. His love of all things hockey and Dartmouth were lifelong passions – even being welcomed by coaches and players into the locker room during tournaments in his 80s.

After graduation he was commissioned to the United States Marine Corp and earned his wings in Pensacola, FL. Never one to turn down a challenge, he flew fighter planes and landed on aircraft carriers in the Pacific Ocean. Call name Woody, he was proud of his service, and he loved his country unconditionally and always.

After leaving the service Irv went to get his Masters at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University where he met the love of his life, Lee. They eloped to Reno and began building an amazing life together which included traversing the United States, having four children, and ultimately settling in Tulsa, OK in 1972.

During his working years, influenced by his military experience, Irv focused on the aviation field. After a few years at General Electric, Cessna, Collins Radio, and Flight Safety International, he started his own company in 1978. Air-Mart International was a thriving business that provided an outlet for Irv to use education, training and people skills to make friends worldwide. Upon his retirement in 1996, Irv and Lee spent their leisure time travelling the world and maintaining these friendships. Who else could have an 80th birthday party in Helsinki and fill a banquet hall with friends from dozens of countries?

Irv was an Eagle Creek resident from 1986 – 2014 and belonged to Hammock Bay and the Rookery as well. Golfing with family and friends was his favorite social activity. His interest in Golf Charities in Tulsa carried over to Florida where he established Southwest Florida Golf Charities. He was named president and remained so for 15 years dedicating his time and efforts to creating educational scholarships. In 2009 he received the Regional Jefferson Award for being an Unsung Hero – someone who devoted his life to others while asking for nothing in return.

Irv’s most enjoyable retirement activity was being as off-ice official for the Florida Everblades hockey team along with Lee. He could be found at the ‘west end’ in his Goal Judge chair where he would hold court with players and fans and friends before the game and in between periods. To no one’s surprise, he made so many friends, the whole stadium rocked with applause at his retirement.

Predeceased by his parents in 1992, and his sister Joan Cox, in 2004, Irv leaves behind his wife Lee (nee Watkins), his children Sharon Beasley (John), Steven (Linda), Douglas (Sherry), Barbara Larsen (Kevin), nine grandchildren (Kristina, Greg, Kalli, Steven, Kayla, Tyler, Jack, Brady and Dylan, ) six step grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Brave and brilliant, kind and generous, Irv was a man among men – he will be sorely missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL, 34105.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Irving Frederick Sherwood hosted by Fuller Funeral Home-Cremation Service.

Irving F. Sherwood Jr. was born on March 19, 1932 to Irv Sr. and Barbara (nee Fenno) in Lexington, MA. An outstanding student and athlete (Hall of Fame inductee in 2001), Irv graduated Lexington High School in 1949. He attended Kimble Union Academy for one year, and then on to Dartmouth College where he was a stand-out hockey player receiving League and National All-Star recognition in 1953 and 1954. His love of all things hockey and Dartmouth were lifelong passions – even being welcomed by coaches and players into the locker room during tournaments in his 80s.

After graduation he was commissioned to the United States Marine Corp and earned his wings in Pensacola, FL. Never one to turn down a challenge, he flew fighter planes and landed on aircraft carriers in the Pacific Ocean. Call name Woody, he was proud of his service, and he loved his country unconditionally and always.

After leaving the service Irv went to get his Masters at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University where he met the love of his life, Lee. They eloped to Reno and began building an amazing life together which included traversing the United States, having four children, and ultimately settling in Tulsa, OK in 1972.

During his working years, influenced by his military experience, Irv focused on the aviation field. After a few years at General Electric, Cessna, Collins Radio, and Flight Safety International, he started his own company in 1978. Air-Mart International was a thriving business that provided an outlet for Irv to use education, training and people skills to make friends worldwide. Upon his retirement in 1996, Irv and Lee spent their leisure time travelling the world and maintaining these friendships. Who else could have an 80th birthday party in Helsinki and fill a banquet hall with friends from dozens of countries?

Irv was an Eagle Creek resident from 1986 – 2014 and belonged to Hammock Bay and the Rookery as well. Golfing with family and friends was his favorite social activity. His interest in Golf Charities in Tulsa carried over to Florida where he established Southwest Florida Golf Charities. He was named president and remained so for 15 years dedicating his time and efforts to creating educational scholarships. In 2009 he received the Regional Jefferson Award for being an Unsung Hero – someone who devoted his life to others while asking for nothing in return.

Irv’s most enjoyable retirement activity was being as off-ice official for the Florida Everblades hockey team along with Lee. He could be found at the ‘west end’ in his Goal Judge chair where he would hold court with players and fans and friends before the game and in between periods. To no one’s surprise, he made so many friends, the whole stadium rocked with applause at his retirement.

Predeceased by his parents in 1992, and his sister Joan Cox, in 2004, Irv leaves behind his wife Lee (nee Watkins), his children Sharon Beasley (John), Steven (Linda), Douglas (Sherry), Barbara Larsen (Kevin), nine grandchildren (Kristina, Greg, Kalli, Steven, Kayla, Tyler, Jack, Brady and Dylan, ) six step grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Brave and brilliant, kind and generous, Irv was a man among men – he will be sorely missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL, 34105.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Irving Frederick Sherwood hosted by Fuller Funeral Home-Cremation Service.

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