Raymond A. Sherman, Jr., 79, of Maple Street, Broadalbin, died Thursday, July 24, 2014, at St. Mary's Healthcare surrounded by loving family.
He was born in Galway on November 8, 1934, a son of Raymond and Lila Steele Sherman, and attended local schools. Ray proudly served in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Wisconsin from 1955-57. He was a lifelong area resident.
Mr. Sherman was employed with the town of Galway for several years and later at the former Mohasco Industries in Amsterdam. Ray worked at General Electric Co. in Schenectady as a welder, retiring twenty-two years ago. He also worked at several area restaurants on weekends and holidays, and enjoyed his customers and co-workers.
He was a member of the American Legion Post #337 in Broadalbin as well as several area classic car clubs and snowmobile clubs. Ray also volunteered with highway cleanup groups.
Ray enjoyed motorcycling, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, and watching NASCAR. His greatest pride and joy was his cabin by the creek, where he loved to spend time with family and friends, enjoying bonfires and good conversations. He could also be found at Stewart's, enjoying coffee with his gang.
Survivors include a daughter, Deborah R. Sherman Way (Tom) of Broadalbin; two sons, Raymond Keith Sherman (Sherry) of Broadalbin and Kevin P. Sherman (Lisa) of Amsterdam; his longtime companion, Addie Foland of Duluth, GA; three brothers, Harold (Ann) Sherman, Douglas (Dorothy) Sherman, and David Sherman, all of Galway; a sister, Linda (George) Jackowski of Fort Plain; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Cremation was performed at Park View Crematorium, Schenectady. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home, Inc., 111 County Highway 106 (corner of Route 29 & Black Street), Johnstown. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Doug Blanc officiating. Final burial with military honors will take place at the East Galway Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Broadalbin Volunteer Ambulance Corps or to the American Legion Post #337, both in care of the funeral home.