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March 26, 2010
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Merritt "Jim" Sherman • August 4, 1938 - March 25, 2010

Senior Softball USA is saddened to announce the passing of Jim Sherman in Seattle following a long and courageous fight against cancer. Jim's contributions to Senior Softball cannot be understated, as a player, as a former National Umpire in Chief and as the SSUSA's National Safety Officer, and he will be missed by all of the sport.

A native of Seattle, Jim was the chief safety officer for the Seattle Fire Department for 30 years. He was in charge of training firemen in first aid, CPR and the use of defibrillators until he retired. After retiring, he continued offering classes and CPR training to several groups throughout the Seattle area and four years ago proposed establishing training and providing defibrillators at SSUSA tournaments. For the past three years, Jim trained scores of SSUSA officials, umpires, players and managers at no charge. That training – and the defibrillators – has resulted in the saving of four lives during SSUSA tournaments since the program began.

On the field, Jim was a key force in his teams winning more than 40 major championships. The cap of his career, however, was winning three Triple Grand Slams in a row. “The Triple Grand Slam crowns meant the most,” said Jim in his acceptance speech upon being inducted to the SSUSA Hall of Fame in December. “We won in Mobile in 2005 with the Emerald City Masters, then in 2006 with the WE Ruth Realty 60s and in 2007 with Joeseppi’s.” Sherman said of his selection: “It’s the dream of everybody’s life to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. It is quite an honor to win it.”
March 26, 2010
Men's 50
23 posts
We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of "Sherm". I was fortunate enough to meet, obtain training from, and spend time in conversation with Jim, albeit much to briefly, during my association with the SSUSA. Jim taught me many things, and I am better off for it, as I was able to utilizize his training to assist in saving the life of one of our fellow players. I will be forever grateful for Jim's training and, although I will miss him, I know that he is finally at peace and without suffering from the terrible disease that struck him, but did not defeat him. I am sure that Jim is probably batting lead-off for his new Heaven team, and enjoying himself and the game he loved, to the fullest. Rest in peace my friend, although we have big shoes to fill, we will attempt to carry on your legacy as you would want us to.

To Sherm's wife Linda, and the rest of his family, our deepest condolences for your loss of Jim. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Michael P Boone and the Sweet Construction Softball Clubs
March 26, 2010
Men's 65
598 posts
I'm also deeply saddened by the loss of a long time great competitor. Having been stricken with the same cancer that took Jim from us, I spent a lot of time with Jim comparing notes about our illness the Winter Worlds. I know you put up a couragous battle, just as you did on the field all those years.
Senior softball has lost one of the truly nice guys. Great player, fantastic umpire, and a wonderful person. Rest in peace pal.
Thanks for leading the way for us and sharing yourself with us in so many areas of your life.

Linda, the softball world shares your loss. Our prayers to you and your family.

Rob Robinson and Bickerton Iron Works.
March 27, 2010
Men's 60
81 posts
I am saddened by the passing of Jim Sherman who I knew through SSUSA as being a fellow director of the organization. He was respected by all and well-deserving of his recent induction into the SSUSA Hall of Fame. I will always remember his great smile and an excellent poker player at each SSUSA National convention. He was a great mentor and motivator especially in promoting and instituting the training in CPR and use of the defibrillators at SSUSA tourneys. He will missed by all who knew him.

My condolences go out to Linda and all of his family at their loss of a wonderful man.

Chuck Sharkey
NY State SSUSA Director
March 27, 2010
66 posts
I had the honor of sharing a room with Sherm during the Senior Softball World Championships in Phoenix in October. It was obvious he was physically laboring due to the disease and the treatment he was receiving. But he never let that get him down. He maintained a real positive attitude and fulfilled his field director's obligation with verve.

He definitely was an inspiration to all of us. His indomnitable spirit will be remembered by all that were fortunate enough to have made his acquaintance. He will be missed.

My condolences go out to his family.

Steve Simmons
SSUSA National Director
March 28, 2010
Men's 55
564 posts
will miss one great man!
he will be missed by one and all
March 28, 2010
Men's 50
31 posts
GOD BLESS JIM SHERMAN AND HIS FAMILY. I will remember Jim for being gentle and kind. I thank him for all he has done for Senior Softball as well as the training he provided me. He will be missed but not forgotten!
March 29, 2010
Johnny Hose
Men's 50
73 posts
OUR MOST SINCERE CONDOLANCES to the family and friends of JIM. We all were blessed that knew him.
From the Fan Grabber/Tow Time/Lone Shark Softball Clubs of Arizona
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