Richard J. Sherman

  • Born: August 12, 1946
  • Died: May 16, 2022
  • Location: Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

Joyce Funeral Home

245 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02453
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Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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Shrewsbury - Richard J. Sherman passed away in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family on Monday, May 16, 2022. He was 75.

Richard was born on August 12, 1946 in Providence, Rhode Island, son of the late William A. and Eileen R. (McGauran) Sherman. Raised in Cranston, RI, he graduated from Cranston East High School and earned his Bachelor's degree in accounting and finance from University of Rhode Island in 1968. He served in the United States Army as a medic. Richard married Nancy M. Fusaro on June 15, 1968 in Sts. John and Paul Church in Coventry, RI. He later attended Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration Program for Management Development in 1985.

With a background in public accounting, Richard accepted a job at Arthur Young in Worcester and the family made Shrewsbury their home in 1974. He later worked at Norton Company for many years before becoming Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer for National Amusements in Norwood, retiring in 2014.

Retirement afforded Dick more time with his golf buddies, who were close friends both on and off the course. He enjoyed memberships at Sterling National Golf Club, Oak Hill Country Club in Fitchburg, Valley Country Club in Warwick, RI, and countless rounds locally at Cyprian Keyes Golf Club.

He loved being on the sidelines watching his grandchildren play soccer and running track. He enjoyed spending time closer to the ocean in his native Rhode Island in South Kingston at their summer home.

Richard gave back to his community and church. With his knack and expertise, he was a longtime member of the Finance Committee at St. Mary's Parish and served on the Board of Directors at Baybank and later Webster Credit Union. He served on boards with the American Red Cross in Worcester and the Child Guidance Association. He was Director and Crusade Committee Chair for the American Cancer Society.

In addition to his wife of 53 years, Nancy, he leaves his children, Melissa M. Nattinville and her husband, Jon, Bethany M. Pyro and her husband, Jan, all of Shrewsbury and Matthew J. Sherman and his wife, Katharine, of Indianapolis, Indiana; his grandchildren, Daniel, Anya, Emmy, Mary Kate, and John; his brothers, William Sherman, Jr. (late Patricia) of Bellevue, Washington and David Sherman (Luanne) of Foster, Rhode Island; he is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Family and friends will honor his life by gathering for a calling hour on Tuesday, May 24th from 10:00 - 11:15 a.m. in Saint Mary's Church, 640 Main Street, Shrewsbury, followed by his funeral Mass celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery, Shrewsbury.

Those wishing to view the broadcast (and recording) of Richard's Funeral Mass may do so by visiting the following link on Tuesday, May 24th at 11:30 a.m.:

While COVID restrictions have been lessened, Richard's family politely requests all guests wear masks.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Saint Mary's Parish, 18 Summer Street, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 ( or the American Red Cross, 2000 Century Drive, Worcester, MA 01606 (

Arrangements by James & John Heald of The Joyce Funeral Home.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Mr. Sherman. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
Laurene Aldorisio-Terra and Family

Posted by Laurene Aldorisio-Terra - Northborough, MA - Friend   May 24, 2022

Dear Nancy, Matt, Katharine and family,
We met Richard a few years ago soon after the birth of Mary Kate.Such vigor and he was full of joy for his new granddaughter. We remember his attentiveness to all. His qualities and spirit so evident in his son, Matt my friend and colleague at Marian.
We want to be of service to all of you as needed. Please know this.
David and Donna

Posted by David and Donna Denz - Greenwood, IN - Friend   May 23, 2022

Dear Nancy and family, we were so saddened to hear of Richard's passing. You were our favorite cousin couple. God gained a great angel. You are all in our prayers. Much strength great memories. Much love. Tricia and Jack Clark

Posted by Patricia Clark - Sherrills Ford, NC - Family   May 23, 2022

Melissa I am sorry for your were there when my grandson had a problem.i am truly sorry for your loss.

Posted by ed pescaro - shrewsbury, MA - Friend   May 22, 2022

Dear Nancy, Melissa and Bethany,
We are very sorry for Dick's passing. Please accept our condolences.
Sincerely, Vito and Nancy Virzi

Posted by Vito and Nancy Virzi - Westborough, MA   May 21, 2022

Dearest Nancy and family,
I'm saddened by the kids loss of your husband and father . So many nice memories when the Sherman's moved into the neighborhood. May God visit you with peace. Love Jeri Tagman

Posted by Jerilyn Tagman Tagman - Shrewsbury, MA - Friend   May 20, 2022

"Hey don't start that up . . . " I heard from across the yard on a brisk fall day as I tested the snowblower for the first time that season. "And why is that Dick?"
. . "Well whoever tests it first has to take the blame for the first snow-storm" . . . I got stuck with it that year. Dick was the friendliest, most compassionate neighbor I ever had. I'll miss our conversations in the yard - catching up on family news and other events - and I'll miss our camaraderie in our battles against nature.
To close friends and family - We wish you comfort in this time of grief.
With Love from your neighbor Dave and the Hruskoci family.

Posted by Dave Hruskoci - shrewsbury, MA - Neighbor   May 18, 2022

Kathy and I wanted to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to Nancy and to Dick's immediate and entire extended family upon his passing.

I first met Dick in 1974, We always had a great working and personal relationship, and the memories that we shared are too numerous to mention. Even though we are far away, and I haven't seen Dick in a while, I can always remember his infectious personality and smile, and know that he is at peace

Harry and Kathy Melikian
Wilmington, NC

Posted by Harry Melikian - Wilmington, NC, NC - Coworker   May 18, 2022

Thank you, Dick, for your friendship, your guidance, and your leadership. You were one of the best, and I will never forget you.

Posted by Shawn Sullivan - Sharon, MA - Friend   May 17, 2022

May your children' children hear the many story's of his life ❤Please know your all in my thoughts and prayers xoxoxo

Posted by Julianne Ryder- Dowd - Shrewsbury, MA - Friend   May 17, 2022

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