In Memory of




Obituary for Clarence Lazelle Sherman

Clarence Lazelle Sherman, 79, of Willington, CT, beloved husband of the late Sheila D. Sherman, passed away at home while in the care of family on Sunday, October 15, 2023.

Clarence was born April 20, 1944, in Brattleboro, VT, to the late Harold and Grace (Boyd) Sherman. He is survived by his three sisters, Irene Buzby of Vermont, Barbara Krause of New Hampshire, and Nancy Omasta of Connecticut, son Scott Noble of Connecticut, daughter Laura Reed of Connecticut, son Glenn Sherman of Florida, daughter Jennifer Piotte of Connecticut, son Robert Barduca of Connecticut, and daughter Erica Barduca of Connecticut, grandchildren Kaylee, Morgan, Audrey, Henry, Samuel, and many nieces and nephews.

Clarence attended local schools in Vermont until the family relocated to Hinsdale, New Hampshire in the 1950’s. He graduated from Hinsdale Highschool in 1962 then attended East Coast Aero Tech in Massachusetts. His career path saw him move to Connecticut to work for Pratt and Whitney and then Industronics before partnering with a colleague in 1983 to form Furnace Brokers, Inc., which operated until his retirement in 2016.

Clarence loved the outdoors and motorsports. In his youth he would ski the local Vermont slopes and four-wheel in the hills around Hinsdale. He would ultimately incorporate his passion for recreation into family life. For several years, the family would travel to bluegrass festivals in New England, New York, and Pennsylvania. Most summer weekends were spent in and around Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire with camping, water skiing, and boating. He and Sheila became active members of the Winter Harbor Yacht Club where they made lifelong friends, and he eventually served as commodore. Winters were spent snowmobiling in northern New Hampshire and Maine, often with kids in tow. After becoming empty nesters, he and Sheila took up motorcycling and RV-ing and traveled the country, visiting national parks and riding in the big motorcycle rallies. He enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and rooting for the Red Sox and Patriots.

Clarence was known for his principles, honesty, and work ethic. He exuded Yankee ingenuity and craftsmanship, renovating a house, building a garage, and tackling most of his own repairs. His mottos, “measure twice, cut once”, “use the right tool for the job”, and “If you want something done right, learn to do it yourself” were self-evident. He would never shy away from a challenge.

Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family from 2-4 PM with a memorial service following at 4 PM on Saturday, November 11th at the Tolland Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Merrow Rd. (Rte. 195), Tolland, CT 06084. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. Contributions in Clarence’s name may be made to Alzheimer’s association:

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