Richard M. Sherwood

Richard M. Sherwood, of South Dartmouth died at Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford on April 7, 2015, after months of declining health. Born in Worcester, he was the son of Thomas K. and Betty M. Sherwood.

He grew up in Wellesley Hills, was educated at Kimball Union Academy and the Belmont Hill School, and held degrees in civil engineering from Wesleyan University and MIT. He had a long career as a construction manager that included assignments in Jamaica, Denver, Iran, England, and several other U.S. locations. He was the author of A Field Guide to Sailboats. During his 20 years’ residence in Amherst, NH, he served as Selectman and on several town committees. He loved skiing, sailing, birding, reading historical novels, and bragging about his grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his brother Thomas and leaves his wife of 61 years, Janet Robertson Sherwood, son Christopher R. Sherwood and daughter-in-law Patricia J. White of North Falmouth and son Peter M. Sherwood and daughter-in-law Sarah Sherwood of Beverly Farms, sister Marcia Sherwood Martin of Swarthmore, PA and grandchildren Samuel K., Peter M., Jr. Thomas F., Sarah R. and Rita J. Sherwood.

Funeral arrangements are private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust or the Greater New Bedford Choral Society.