Canton, NY - Eastern Star and Masonic Services will be held for former South Colton resident Sherman Lusk Ayers, who died on December 24, 2013, at the United Helpers Maplewood Facility in Canton. The services will be held at the Seymour Funeral Home in Potsdam on Saturday, January 4 at 3:00 p.m. with calling hours beginning at 12:30 p.m. He recently celebrated his 105th birthday surrounded by friends and neighbors.
Sherman was born in Baldwinville, Massachusetts on December 14, 1908, the son of Charles S and Ethel M. (Lusk) Ayers and grew up in Gardner, MA. After graduation from Gardner High School in 1926, he attended Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston graduating in 1928 with a degree in electrical engineering. While at Wentworth he was a member of the Phi Epsilon Fraternity. On May 16, 1999, Wentworth Institute of Technology awarded him an honorary degree of Bachelor of Technology as well as inducting him as a member of the Black and Gold Society.
He married Dorothy E. Clement on July 21, 1934 in South Colton; she predeceased him on November 10, 1996. His brother Stanley (Gertrude) Ayers, sisters Eleanor and Harriet (John) Iwanik also predeceased him. He is survived by several nieces and nephews as well as friends and neighbors, Mary, Greg and Ike Rutley, Mary Jane Watson, David Heidenreich, Barbara Berninghausen, Brad and Brenda Paige, Lee Pennock, Mary Lacomb, Eleanor Kellam, Len Page, Sara Platt, Harriet Spencer, his caregivers at Maplewood, and his beloved paperboys: Ken and Dana Strong.
Sherman worked for a number of years for Utica Gas & Electric and Niagara Hudson before joining Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation as an administrator until retiring in 1973 and moving to South Colton. He was a founding member of the Senior Racquetteers, trustee of the Colton Historical Society, and active in Colton Citizens Committee as well as being a long-time member of the Nature Conservancy and National Wildlife Federation.
Sherman was a life member of the National Rifle Association, an 84 year member of the Order of Eastern Star, and a 76 year member of various Masonic lodges, High Falls Lodge #428 F & AM in Colton, Oriental Faxton #224 in Utica, Central City Bodies Ancient Accepted Scottish Rites of Freemasonry in Syracuse and the Lyra-Laurentian-Cretona-Vega Chapter #230 in Norwood.
He had a lifelong love of dogs, hunting, fishing, hiking in the woods, feeding birds, and camping on Horton Pond. His favorite foods were seafood, donuts, fresh asparagus, and Marys apple pie with extra sharp cheddar cheese.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to High Falls Lodge #428, National Rifle Association and United Helpers Maplewood. Burial will be in South Colton Cemetery in the spring. The Seymour Funeral Home is serving the friends and neighbors of Sherman L. Ayers.