Edward Arthur Sherrard, 40, of Cornelius NC, died peacefully on Christmas Eve at the Levine and Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville, NC after a courageous eight month battle with gastroesophageal cancer.
Ed, the son of Mary Ann and Arthur Sherrard, was born March 31, 1974, in Riverhead. For the formative years of his life, Ed lived in Cutchogue. He graduated from Mattituck High School and then attended the New England Institute of Technology in Rhode Island receiving a dual degree in automotive and marine technology.
It is no wonder that a boy who grew up on a narrow strip of land between L.I. Sound and Peconic Bay would choose a career that kept him close to the water. Ed started his career in the marine services industry on the North Fork, where he worked for Stirling Harbor Marina in Greenport and Strong’s Marine in Mattituck. He was also a volunteer firefighter with Cutchogue Fire Department.
In 2002, Ed moved to North Carolina and shortly thereafter founded Boat Menders, Incorporated.
Ed was an extraordinarily talented marine mechanic and could fix anything from a jet ski to a 100+ foot yacht. He primarily served clients in the Lake Norman area, but also assisted boaters in South Carolina and Florida. Ed’s passion for his work was evidenced by his 24/7 approach to running his business and by the number of clients who became his friend. Ed’s phone rang constantly and he never turned down the opportunity to help a boater or friend in need.
As an avid boater himself, Ed owned a “fleet” of power boats in various sizes. Through his recreational involvement, Ed was able to greatly enjoy the industry and his clients. Whether on the docks for business or pleasure, Ed was always a welcome addition and friend to the Lake Norman community.
Survivors include his mother, Mary Ann Sherrard of Cutchogue; his sister, Lydia Sherrard of Richmond, Va; his fianceé, Amy Norwood Holthouser and her three children, Emma, Will, and Steven Holthouser of Davidson, N.C.; his dogs Bumper and Buoy; and many other beloved family members and friends. Ed was predeceased by his father, Arthur William Sherrard.
A memorial service to celebrate Ed’s life is scheduled for Sunday, December 28, at 2 p.m. at Davidson College Presbyterian Church in Davidson, N.C.. The family will receive friends in the DCPC Congregation House immediately following the service.
For memorial donations, please consider a donation to the Town of Cornelius, N.C. Animal Shelter or the Levine and Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville, N.C.
James Funeral Home in Huntersville, NC is serving the Sherrard family. www.jamesfuneralhomeLKN.com.
This is a paid notice.