Captain Bill Sherman left for his final voyage to the Sea of Galilee. A place where the fish are plentiful, and there are no government regulations or NOAA observers.
William T Sherman lost his courageous battle to cancer at age 67 on April 5, 2021. He was predeceased by his parents Theodore and Adele (Gula) Sherman, son Sgt. Benjamin Sherman lost in Afghanistan and grandson Caleb Santos.
He is survived by his longtime girlfriend, Denise Gaudiello, who admired Bill for his selfless love and dedication to his family and friends. Bill and Denise started each day trying to be the "Boss," which led to much bantering and laughter.
Bill spent many hours playing basketball at the Westend Boy's Club, where he developed a love for sports. He was a diehard Giants fan.
Bill was a graduate of Bristol Agricultural High School, where he excelled as a basketball player and played softball with the Junk Yard Dogs. Bill loved watching all sports, especially his granddaughters play soccer, softball, basketball, and Taekwondo.
He was a commercial fisherman out of New Bedford and the longtime captain on the F/V Curlew II. Bill was known for his stern temperament at sea. To quote a crew member, "Bill was a pain on the boat, but ya couldn't ask for a better friend on the beach."
In his retirement, he loved digging for steamers, quahogs, and littlenecks. He enjoyed putting on clam boils and making "stuffies." Bill enjoyed hosting holidays and Labor Day Bashes for family and friends. His son-in-law referred to him as the "Don of the Neck."
Bill was fun-loving, hardworking, and as stubborn as they come. He could piss you off and make you laugh at the same time.
Bill had many friends, as they came easily, given his unique character and giant heart to help anyone in need. The world will be a different place without him.
He is survived by Denise; his daughters, Jessica Santos (Dave), Meredith Sherman, and Daughter in Law, Patricia Sherman; Denise's children, Leslie Weckesser (Paul), Alicia and AJ Gaudiello; Siblings, Dennis of New Bedford, Alan (Mary) of Florida, Mark (Joanne) of Maine, Michele Hoggatt (Philip) of Texas, Deborah Field (Brad) of Westport, Sheila Pereira (Mike) of Dartmouth, and Sharon Power (Mike) of Fairhaven; four granddaughters; one grandson; a goddaughter; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
His funeral arrangements are by the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St., Fairhaven. For memorial register, please visit www.hathawayfunerals.com.
A celebration of Bill's life will be held Saturday, June 12, 2021 from 9-11AM in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater New Bedford.