James Michael “Mike” McSherry passed away peacefully April 9th in Weston, Massachusetts. Mike was born November 5, 1931 in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and adopted as an infant by his loving parents Frank Johnson and Elisabeth Jones McSherry. He was raised in Washington, D.C. where he sang for four years as a treble chorister in the Washington National Cathedral. Mike graduated from St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, Delaware and Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. He went on to attend Brown University where he met the love of his life, Joanne Webster, before graduating in 1954. Mike received his commission in the U.S. Navy as an ensign. Mike served three years on the U.S.S. O’Hare (DDR-889) out of Norfolk, Virginia, with two tours of duty in the Mediterranean with the Sixth Fleet. He then acquired his M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, Class of ’59. He first worked for E.R. Carpenter Company in Richmond, Virginia and then joined the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company (soon to become Westvaco) in 1960. He worked for Westvaco both in Fine Papers and the Kraft Division, retiring in 1994 as V.P. of Sales and Marketing of the Kraft Division in Charleston, South Carolina.
Mike was a member and former Commodore of the Chapoquoit Yacht Club in West Falmouth, Massachusetts, and, in South Carolina, the Lions Club of Charleston and the V.F.W. Post 147 on James Island. He and his family lived in Norfolk, Virginia; Milton, Massachusetts; Richmond, Virginia; Stamford, Connecticut; Studio City and Woodland Hills in California; Dallas, Texas; Mariemont, Ohio; Lake Forest, Illinois and Wilton, Connecticut, before finally settling with his wife Joanne in Charleston, S.C. Almost every summer, the family summered at Periwinkle on Chapoquoit Island, West Falmouth, Massachusetts.
Mike is survived by his devoted wife of 64 years, Joanne Webster McSherry and four sons, all living in Massachusetts; Peter (Eileen) McSherry of Melrose, Mark (Leiko) McSherry of West Falmouth, Andrew (Cheryl) McSherry of Needham, and John (Maura) McSherry of Newton. He leaves eleven grandchildren: Benjamin, Gabriel, and Miranda; Samuel and Sarah; Zachary, Miyako, and Leanna; and Brett, Ryann, and Sophie. Mike is also survived by his sister Dr. Elisabeth Green and his brother, Dr. Joseph McSherry and his brother-in-law Gordon, whom he met at Brown, and his wife Joan Webster
A special service in memory of Mike will be held on Saturday, May 11 at 11am at St. Barnabas Church, 91 W. Main St., Falmouth, MA.