posted at 9:55 am Fri Jun 7th, 2019 by (WherezIt_Staff)
Brigadier General (RET) Sherman J. Gage - 96, passed away in the comfort of his family on the 75thAnniversary of D-Day at the McClure Miller Respite House in Colchester. Born in Waterbury, he was the son of the late Harris and Eva (Kavanagh) Gage.
Sherman was predeceased by his loving wife of 70 years on June 19, 2015, the former Elaine Bailey. Sherman was part of the "Greatest Generation". A 1941 graduate of Waterbury High School, his further education was interrupted when he was drafted out of college in 1943 to fight in WWII. During the war, Sherman was chosen for officer's training and flight school where learned how to pilot single engine planes and B-17's in the Pacific. Discharged from active duty in 1946, Sherman went on to study aeronautical engineering at Tri State College in Indiana and then returned to Vermont to study mathematics and science education at the University of Vermont.
In 1950, he received his degree from UVM but a new war had just erupted in Korea. He served in the US Army during the Korean War and returned to Vermont in 1952 where he became a member of the Vermont Army National Guard. For the next three decades, he served in the Army National Guard with Federal Distinction, rising to the rank of Brigadier General. He also served as Battalion Commander of the Green Mountain Boys and Assistant Adjutant General. He was a soldier's general, a line general who served with his men. Sherman was above all else a gentleman who treated everyone with respect and dignity.
Sherman also had a very successful parallel career as a civil engineer with the State of Vermont. He was lead engineer on the Interstate 89 project. His engineering career culminated in being the chief engineer for the State and was noted for working with former Governor Davis in starting Green-Up Day in 1970. The greatest joy in his life was his family. He and Elaine took great pride in the life they built together. They were very proud of their daughters and their grandchildren, constantly supporting and loving them all.
Golf was a passion for Sherman. He planned his weekends, vacations and retirement around it. His favorite golf partners included lifelong friends, Ed Steele, Bob Hood, Neil Pendergast, Kenny Spagnola and Roland Cater. In Florida his golf buddies and 19thhole partners were Joe Wilson and Hank Lintel. His daughter Marcy was the only one of his daughters to inherit his golfing ability. He was her biggest fan. Sherman is loved and mourned by his children, Shelly Gage (Don O'Brien), Marcy Gage, and Melanie Gage (Bill). He also leaves 5 grandchildren who called him Bumpa, Daniel Eurich (Laura), Samuel Eurich, Philip McSherry, Thomas McSherry (Alba) and Julia Lothrop (Henry); his great-grandchildren, Maddie and Charlie Eurich (who were a great source of entertainment for him); and step-grandchildren, Colin and Connor O'Brien. He was predeceased by his brother, Joseph Gage, and sister, Eleanor Cummings.
Sherman's family would like to thank Dr. Karen Sokol for the excellent and compassionate care she has provided for years. In addition, a special thank you to Mimi Parker who has helped both Sherman and Elaine with the difficult task of aging. She provided excellent care along with a huge dose of kindness. Mimi helped provide the family with peace of mind.Graveside services with military honors will be held from Hope Cemetery in Waterbury (directly behind the Congregational Church) on Monday, June 10, 2019 at 11 a.m. For those who wish, memorial gifts would be appreciated to the Salvation Army. Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury. To send online condolences, please visit www.perkinsparker.com or the funeral home Facebook page.
Waterbury, VT 05676 (Set as Local)