John Francis Sherwood, owner of Silver Lake Home Center passed away on April 6, 2023. John was a loving Husband, Father of 5, Grandfather of 8, and Great Grandfather of 23.
John was born in West Springfield, Massachusetts in 1939. He grew up in Suffield, Connecticut with his mother, father and brother. He met the love of his life, Joan Kennett, at Suffield High School. John and Joan were married in 1957 and for almost 66 years were rarely apart.
John served in the military from 1957-1961. John started a construction company “Sherwood and Cardin Builders”. While growing a very successful building business, John and his wife Joan also started their family and were blessed with five beautiful kids: John Sherwood Jr., Barbara Sherwood, Paul Sherwood, Joyce Sherwood Neal, and Mark Sherwood.
Growing weary of the booming population in Connecticut, John and Joan looked for a quieter, more rural lifestyle to raise their family. Joan had grown up summering in Silver Lake and the family also enjoyed vacationing in the area. With family and land in the area, John moved his family to Silver Lake in 1969.
John began building homes, farming and gardening. He enjoyed his tractor, hiking the mountains, camping in Zealand Valley with his family as well as the church youth group, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, and even local politics as a town selectman. Happiest with family around him, he was also known as the master bacon and pancake maker.
In 1983, John recognized a need in the area and started the Silver Lake Hardware and Custom Millwork, now known as Silver Lake Home Center.
John will be incredibly missed by his family and friends.
Funeral services will be held on April 15, 2023 at 10:00 AM, at the Madison Community Church, 53 Conway Road, Madison, NH 03849, with a committal immediately following at the Gilman Cemetery on East Madison Road, Madison, NH.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the John Sherwood Jr. Fund at Madison Church.
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