Sherman M. Stanley, 93, passed away at the Sarasota Memorial Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Sarasota, Florida on April 13, 2019, with his family by his side. Sherman was born on August 7, 1925 in Friendship the son of the late Dwight F. Stanley and Freda Bell Murphy Stanley.
Sherman grew up in Friendship and attended local schools. He attended 2 years of high school in Friendship and then finished at Thomaston High School. After high school Sherman joined the Navy during World War II. On September 28, 1946 he married Barbara Mendolia.
Sherman began commercial fishing with his father, and in the winter of 1948 he went out on his own. He did fishing charter parties in the 1950s and 1960s, jigging for cod and pollock. In other seasons he did everything from mackerel seining to setting long lines of hooks for cod, pollock and other groundfish.
Sherman always enjoyed “fun” fishing and being around boats. He also owned and ran a gas and LP business on Monhegan Island.
Sherman joined the Meduncook #211 Masonic Lodge in 1947. He was a member of the VFW in Friendship as well as a member of the American Legion. Sherman was a member of the Monhegan Church.
He was predeceased by his parents as well as his brother Alfred Stanley.
Sherman is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Barbara Mendolia Stanley, son Sherman D. Stanley of Monhegan Island, his daughter, Caroline Sutherland of Camden, grandchildren, Dwight P. Stanley of Cumberland, Sam Sutherland of New York, Adair Bell of South Carolina and great grandchild, Caden Bell of South Carolina.
Per Sherman’s wishes he will be scattered at sea at a later date.
Donations may be made in Sherman’s name to the Monhegan Church, Church Lane, Monhegan Island, ME 04852.
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