Robert L. Sherman, a retired bus driver who was very active in veterans' affairs, died Friday (Sept. 29, 2000) in Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk. He was 71.
Born in Olean, he attended Bryant and Stratton for two years for a realtorship license.
He served in the Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theatre of Operations. He was a member of the National LST-803 Association, the U.S. LST National Association and the New York State Chapter LST Association.
He was a member of the South Dayton American Legion Post 1593 and Royal Canadian Legion Branch 24 in St. Catherines, Ont. He also was an honorary member of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 375 in Richmond Hill, Ont.
He was a life member and past commander of Pine Valley VFW Memorial Post 2522 in Cherry Creek; member and past president of Pine Valley Veteran's Association, Cherry Creek; commander of the Chautauqua County Council Veterans of Foreign Wars from 1995-1996; and was national aide-de-camp for the Veterans of Foreign Wars from 1996-1998.
He served on the VFW State Legislative Committee from 1996-1997, was national deputy chief of staff from 1997-1998, and commander of the Department of New York 6th District VFW from 1998-1999.
He was a charter member of the Navy Club of USA No. 231, Dunkirk; a charter member of the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation, Washington, D.C.; and a charter member of World War II Memorial Foundation, Washington, D.C.
He was a retired Metro bus driver for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, where he worked for 33 years. He was a member of Local 1342 Bus Drivers Union,
He also was a former private investigator with the National Bureau of Investigation, Buffalo, and was a Buffalo special police officer for five years. He was a South Dayton police officer for three years and a South Dayton firefighter and emergency squad member for five years. He also had been a captain of the Erie County Sheriff Department's Civil Defense Auxiliary police.
He is survived by his wife, the former Jo Ellen MacDonald, whom he married in 1989; two sons, Robert L. Jr. of California and Jeremy S. of Orlando, Fla.; a daughter, Linda Muldowny of Kenmore; three stepdaughters, Tane Austin of Fredonia, Teri Fish of Forestville, Toni Kelley of Silver Creek; a brother, Douglas of Desert Hot Springs, Calif.; and seven grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in Hills Funeral Chapel, 478 Balcom Corners, South Dayton. Burial will be in Villenova Cemetery.