William J. Sherman, age 62, of Middletown, passed away at Rhode Island Hospital on October 26, 2019.

William was born in Newport, RI to Benjamin Sherman and Lorraine (Venancio) Sherman. He was the husband to Carol E. (Escallier) Sherman.

William was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and a longstanding member of the FOP. He ran his own plumbing career for 40 years.

William is survived by his wife, Carol Sherman, his two daughters, Diana McKee and husband Harvey and Christina Squires and husband Paul, both of Lakeland, FL, his stepson Myrus Oliver III of Narragansett, his brother, Scott Sherman and wife Shannon of Bristol, his sister Mary Klapthor and husband David of Brockton, and brother-in-law John Escallier of Long Island NY. He also leaves his grandchildren, Cole and Jaden Schoonover, and Ty and Landen Squires, as well as several neices and nephews.

Besides his parents, William was preceded in death by his stepson, Jermaine Oliver.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 30, 2019, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Broadway, Newport. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 AM at the funeral home. Burial to follow at St. Columba Catholic Cemetery, Middletown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Potter League for Animals, 87 Oliphant Lane, Middletown RI 02842.

Additional information at www.memorialfuneralhome.com

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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