Ronald Gwinnett Sherwood
beloved husband, cherished father and adored grandfather, left this world on June 6, 2011,
at the age of 80 after a lengthy illness with diabetes and heart disease. Ron remained a cheerful,
steady presence in his family home, which continued through to the end showing the warmth
and humor that characterized his life.
Ron was the eldest child born to Albert and Doris Sherwood in Toronto, Canada. Leaving Toronto
in 1952, the family moved to Los Angeles, Calif. It was then that Ron joined the U.S. Army, earning
rank of First Sergeant stationed at Fort Ord. While serving at Fort Ord, Ron represented the Army
in the sport of boxing until his honorable discharge from active duty. Ron then continued in the
reserves until April of 1960.
While living and working in Los Angeles for American Airlines, he met and married his wife of 53
years, Marilyn. In 1961 he became the first route owner for the Carnation Milk Co. in the Van Nuys
area while still spending weekends in Big Bear Valley. In 1974, because of his love for Big Bear, he
and his family moved to the Valley full-time. He worked for Snow Summit for a short time before
becoming the superintendent of Big Bear City Community Services District sanitation department.
His final retirement came in 1999 from the Bear Valley Unified School District while working at
Chautauqua High School.
Ron leaves behind his loving and caring wife Marilyn; daughters Cindy Goodman and Roni Sue
Sherwood; son Craig Sherwood; three grandchildren, Tiffany Smith (Charlie), Heather Mitchell (Brian)
and Justin Forkner (Brenda); six great-grandchildren, Kaylee Ann, Kody Thomas, Emma LeeAnn,
Chase Alan, Caleb Aiden, and Chloe Lynn; his brother Roy Sherwood and sister Gail Down (Jay).
At Ron's request, a Celebration of Life and Last Sing Song will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers,
the family requests that donations be made to the following organizations: The Big Bear City
Professional Firefighters Association at P.O. Box 3250, Big Bear City, Calif. 92314, or to the VNAIC
(Visiting Nurse Association/Victorville Hospice Service) at 42600 Cook Street, Suite 202, Palm Desert,
The family wishes to thank the Big Bear City Paramedics and Fire Dept. for their many years of
professional care and kindness throughout Ron's illness and to the VNAIC whose care and assistance
made it possible for Ron to pass away at home with his family by his side. We also want to give a
special "Thank you" to Dr. Steve Knapik and staff for the excellent care, support and friendship
throughout the years.