Lloyd Sherwood, a longtime Edgemont resident, died Feb. 17 with his family by his side. He was 83 years old.
Mr. Sherwood served in the U.S. Army at Walter Reed from June 1958 to June 1960. He was successful in business at a young age, having his own firm, Lloyd Sherwood Design Consultants, in his early 20s and later serving as vice president of Kidder Peabody and Co., heading up the planning and design department nationally and internationally. Mr. Sherwood was an avid reader of history and biographies, particularly of Winston Churchill and World War II.
Mr. Sherwood’s commitment to helping others started as a teenager, volunteering with several charities. He became involved in charitable work at Grand Street Settlement House in his 50s, later becoming a director on the board. While there, he arranged for a number of youth that had never seen the ocean or traveled outside of New York City to visit Florida for a week, financing the trip himself. He was also involved with the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center for several decades, as well as the Salvation Army.
Mr. Sherwood also admired and devoted decades to The Art Students League, where he served as a board member from 1984 to 2006 and as president four times during the 1980s and ’90s.
Mr. Sherwood began vacationing in Nantucket in 1961, where he bought the work of many local artists for his personal use and for his firm. Mr. Sherwood’s family said he appreciated the “honesty and beauty [the artists] expressed in their work.” They also described Mr. Sherwood as a man who “never sought praise or accolades for doing what he felt was right.” As a husband, father and friend, they said Mr. Sherwood was “loyal, trusting, supportive and nonjudgmental. He was truly a gentleman living in a world where honor and decency has little value.”
Mr. Sherwood is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Elizabeth, and his daughter, Staci-Lee.