James Robert Sherman, general contractor

March 11, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

James Robert "Bobby" Sherman, a general contractor and avid outdoorsman, died Friday of cancer at his Sykesville home. He was 74.

Mr. Sherman, the son of farmers, was born and raised in London, Ky. He moved to Baltimore in the 1940s with his mother, who came to work in the city's war plants, and attended city public schools.

Mr. Sherman had worked in the construction industry for years and was the owner and operator of Sherman Builders, a commercial and residential construction company.

"He was known and loved throughout the community for his strong work ethic and tenacious pursuit of life, work, family and friendship," said a daughter, Mary Elizabeth "Betsy" LaClair of Denton.

The former Glen Burnie resident, who moved to Sykesville five years ago, enjoyed gun-collecting, hunting and fishing.

A celebration of his life will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Spirits West, 2601 Wilkens Ave., Baltimore.

Also surviving are his wife of four months, the former Barbara Guadino; three sons, Reese Sherman of Frederick, Michael R. Sherman of Towson and James R. Sherman of North Carolina; four other daughters, Terri Ann Cohen of Elizabeth City, N.C., Laurie Sweeney of Rockville, Jean Clayton of San Diego and Sue Ellen Brown of Richmond, Va.; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Two earlier marriages ended in divorce.

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