Leander R. Sherman, Jr., 77, of New Bedford, passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at St. Luke's Hospital. He was the devoted husband of Irene (Pastie) Sherman with whom he shared 55 years of marriage.
Born in Rhinebeck, New York, he was the son of the late Leander R. and Leona (Post) Sherman.
A proud Vietnam Veteran, Mr. Sherman served his country in the United States Navy for 20 years, retiring in 1972. He was a member of the V.F.W. Poirier Post 3260 in New Bedford and the Fleet Reserve Association.
After his military service, he worked as a machinist in several local mills until his retirement.
An outdoorsman and hunter, he enjoyed watching sports and working on his cars. He was an excellent cook who loved to feed his family and friends. Most of all, he loved the company of his beloved wife, children and grandchildren whom he adored.
Surviving in addition to his wife are his daughters, Sandra Deree and her husband Dana and Shari Crowell and her husband Jonathan; six grandchildren, Jenn Crowell and her partner Amy Case, Bethany Enzian and her husband Jeremy, Leah Poirier, David Crowell and his girlfriend Mary Paim, Amy Gleicher and her husband Mark and Audra Poirier; six great-grandchildren, Zachary, Devin, Amelia, Koen, Lucas and Lily; and nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late James and Douglas Fleischhauer.
Contributions in Lee's memory may be made to Community Nurse and Hospice Care, PO Box 751, Fairhaven, MA 02719. Funeral services are private.