BELMONT – Donald D. Sherman, Sr., 73, formerly of Andover, passed away peacefully on Sunday (January 22, 2023) at Olean General Hospital surrounded by family.
Mr. Sherman was born on August 16, 1949 in Wellsville to Niles W. and Doris E. (Green) Sherman. He attended Andover Central School before dropping out after his father passed away to help support the family. On July 24, 1984, he married Mabel Lamphier, who survives.
Donald worked many jobs over his career. He built furniture for Gunlocke in Wayland for many years. He was a farm hand for McCormick Farms in Andover and worked as a laborer for the Andover Town Highway Department. Most notably, he was a self-employed painter in Andover.
In addition to his wife, Don is survived by three children, Linda (Curtis) Grooms and Donald D. Sherman, Jr., both of Belmont and Tamara (Melvin) Fuller of Pennsylvania; two brothers, Herald Sherman and Robert Sherman; one sister, Carol Snyder; eight grandchildren, Domownae Grooms, Kaleb Beil, Jared Sherman, Rebecca Grooms, Maddy Grooms, Tyler Grooms, Dylan Grooms and Matthew Lockwood; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Merrell Sherman and Vern Sherman; and one sister, Flora Shutt.
In many ways Don lived a simple life. He was a hard worker and he was passionate about painting. He enjoyed listening to music, especially while working on projects. His favorite singer was Burl Ives. He was an avid NASCAR fan and a model car hobbyist. Don loved Andover and was active in the Andover Fishing Derby.
Don was a family man and a devoted father. In the early years, he loved the family cookouts with the horseshoes and card games and in later years the game nights with his kids. He took great pride in watching his children and grandchildren growing up. Don enjoyed helping out his son when he needed something or just a listening ear. During his failing health, he was thankful that he could move in with his daughter Linda, where he could play an active role with his grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday (January 25) from 12-2 p.m. at Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home immediately following the visitation with Rev. Philip Barner of the Andover Alliance Church, officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Andover. © 2023 Baker-Swan Funeral Home.