Obituary: Jon Clinton Sherwood, 71, long-time Darien resident and Darien Arts Center board member

05-14-darien-obt-sherwood-0Jon Clinton Sherwood, 71, passed away peacefully at his home in Darien on Friday, May 11, with his adoring wife at his side. Born in Stamford, Jon was a lifelong resident of Darien. His greatest joys in life were family gatherings, afternoons on the golf course, tag sales, record collecting, dancing, and travels with his wife and daughters. He also loved reading and discussing anything related to politics, history, music, and travel.

Jon worked for many years as public access director at Cablevision of Connecticut, where he enjoyed working with an eclectic mix of Connecticut characters on the production of local television programs. Jon was a long time supporter of the arts as a board member of the Darien Arts Center. In retirement, Jon traveled the world with his wife, visited friends and family near and far, celebrated the marriage of his eldest daughter, and welcomed his first grandchild to the world.

Jon graduated from Northfield Mount Herman High School, Northfield, Mass. He served in the U.S. Army Security Agency from 1960-62 in Japan, which inspired him to pursue studies in international relations. He earned a BA and MA at George Washington University, and completed doctoral studies in government and politics at the University of Maryland.

Jon is survived by his wife and companion of 50 years, Sheila Sherwood; daughters, Melissa Sherwood of Detroit Mich., Emily Sherwood Staub and her husband Rob and their son Dylan of Fairfield. He will be dearly missed by a loving circle of extended family and close friends.

Relatives and friends may visit the Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, 2900 Summer St., Stamford, from 6-8, on Wednesday, May 16. There will be a celebration of Jon’s life at the Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, at 3 on Thursday, May 17. Special memories and condolences can be sent via the Leo P. Gallagher website at leopgallagherstamford.com.