A memorial service for Norman Sherritt will be held Sept. 7 to give the community a chance to honour the longtime local educator and historian.
Sherritt died on Aug.
16. The service will be at Newlands Golf and Country Club at 2 p.m. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, people wishing to acknowledge Sherritt make donations to causes dear to him. Donations may be made to the Langley Scholarship Committee in the name of "N.A. Sherritt Trust", c/o Mrs. M. Pepin 25323 12th Ave., Aldergrove, B.C., V4W 3N2, or to the Centre for Child Development, attn. N.A. Sherritt, 9460 140th St., Surrey, B.C., V3V 5Z4.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Mabel, children Linda and David, two grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Born Aug. 22, 1920, and raised in Murrayville, Sherritt attended Murrayville Elementary and Langley High School.
Sherritt retired from teaching in 1980 after 40 years with the local school district, working at Fort Langley Elementary, Langley Secondary and Aldergrove Secondary. He often attended school reunions over the years. Many students may not realize the important role he played in helping them after they graduated. In 1954 he started the Langley Scholarship Committee and served as chairman for 21 years.
Sherritt organized the Lower Fraser Valley Cerebral Palsy Association in 1953 and was on the board for 40 years. The association evolved into the still-active Centre for Child Development.
He was named the H.D. Stafford Citizen of the year in Langley City in 1998, and in 1992 received a Canada 125 medal for community service in Surrey. In 2005 he was named an Honorary Pioneer of Langley.
Sherritt was a member of the Langley Heritage Society, the Surrey Historical Society, the Langley Retired Teachers Association, the Cloverdale Seniors Camping Group, and several Railway Historical Societies.
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