Message of Sympathy
WESTFIELD-Dale J."Father Bear" Sherman, 86, of Clark Street, Westfield, NY, died Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at St. Vincent Health Center, in Erie, Pa..
Dale was born December 10, 1926 in Portland, NY ; a son of the late Frank and Tweeneth (Jones) Sherman.
A 1945 graduate of Westfield School, Dale had worked for several local businesses before enlisting in the Army and served during the WW II, Korean, and Vietnam wars. Dales' love for the military was evident because he re-enlisted 4 additional times to serve his country.
He had worked as a Support Officer for the Department of Probation until his retirement in 1992 but continued to utilize his gifted mechanical abilities and worked for Johnson Estate Winery in Westfield, maintaining all of their equipment. Dale was also was a well rounded Volkswagen mechanic with the ability to fix any VW around.
He loved building 1/4 scale size airplanes utilizing just about any available living space in his home.
But most of all, Dale loved his family and spending time at home.
Survivors include the love of his life, his wife of 20 years, Antoinette ( Conti) Sherman ,whom he married on November 6, 1992 in Marietta, Georgia, his three daughters, Katherine Sidner of Georgia, Diane Berentes of New Jersey, and Stacey Bafaro of Canada, and his one son, Mark Lobell of Pennsylvania. Several grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews also survive.
Dale was preceded in death by his sisters, Verna Lobell, Lorena Confer, Eleanor Dalrymple and by his brothers, Duane and Fred Sherman.
Friends may call on Sunday, January 20th, 2013 from 2pm - 5pm at the MASON Funeral Home, 37 Clinton Street, Westfield, NY, and are invited to attend the funeral service there on Monday, January 21st at 11:00 am with Rev. Mark Teets officiating.
Burial with military honors will be in Union Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Westfield Stray Cat Rescue, 61 Academy Street, Westfield, New York 14787.
To send Dales family a message of sympathy, log on to masonfuneral.com.
a Message of Sympathy
Uncle Dale will be missed but forever in my heart. He was such a unique man. I will always remember the time spent in Westfield at Aunt Toni and Uncle Dales house as a kid.
Written by Larinda Reidl
2013-01-17 1:24:20 PM
I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you are in my prayers.
Written by Jamie Damcott
2013-01-17 2:18:21 PM
I am so sorry for your loss. Everyone loved Father Bear. He was the first to show me the love of Oreos and OJ. My thoughts are with you.
Written by Courtney Remington
2013-01-17 3:04:24 PM
I haven't seen Uncle Dale and Aunt Toni since I was little but I will miss him a lot!! :'(
Written by Holly Reidl
2013-01-17 3:59:55 PM
Many memories of Father Bear that I will keep with me forever. What a funny funny man! But always taught a lesson with his funny wit. May he rest is peace in the hands of God now. My thoughts are with you Toni & Stacey. Love to all!
Written by Marcy Casler
2013-01-17 5:48:35 PM
Toni, Stacey and Mark
My most sincere and heart felt condolences go out to you at this time. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
I still remember the good times we used to have playing cards with Toni and Dale while making puns and drinking coffee by the pot full.
Written by Leonard White
2013-01-19 8:00:05 PM
Dear Mom Bear:
So sorry to hear about Father Bear passing away. He will always be missed. I know if I had a problem, he would always be there to listen to me and always find the right answer. All the trips we took together we have to remember the fun times we had.
My prayers and thoughts to you and your family.
Written by patrick sissem
2013-01-20 5:31:11 PM
Ann, we were sorry to hear about Dale. You were so good getting him and you to the Family Reunion every year representing Aunt Antonett's family...God Bless you...Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers...love annette
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