NEW VINEYARD — The Rev. Sherwood W. Anderson turned 85 on Sept. 19.

On Sept. 19, 1928, Florence (Anderson) Jackson gave birth to an adorable, healthy son. Sherwood and his sister Gail (Ouellette) spent his childhood years first in New York City (1928-1942) and later in New Vineyard on Porter lake (1939-1942).

His love for the lake and the outdoors started young, though his mother confessed in his baby book, “Sherry was afraid of a fish his first summer!”, and continues to this day, as evidenced by the beautiful gardens and rock pathways he developed along Porter Lake’s shoreline.

Sherwood, aka Sherry, lived in New Vineyard with his grandmother, Frankie Voter, from Dec. 31, 1937, to March 6, 1938, and went to the old Zephaniah Vaughn School on Main Street across from her house. He graduated from the “new” elementary school on Church Street, New Vineyard, in 1942, now made into a home. He graduated from Forest Hills High School, New York City, in 1946 with high honors.

Sherwood attained the rank of Eagle Scout.

He studied the Word of God at Colgate University, Princeton University and University of Edinburgh. He followed the calling to live and work within the church as an ordained Presbyterian minister.

In 1961, he enlisted as a chaplain in the United States Navy Reserves, retiring in 1988 with the rank of captain.

More than 71 years after becoming a member of New Vineyard Congregational Church, for more than 50 years Sherwood has served as an installed minister at churches in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida, as interim in 10 churches and from time to time in New Vineyard and Farmington.

Descended from eight men and four women aboard the Mayflower, Sherwood has a passion for historical projects. He authored “The History of Porter Lake” as well as a myriad of stories about the residents and founding fathers of New Vineyard.

In June 2014, Sherwood will celebrate 50 years of marriage to Mary Elizabeth Anderson. He currently lives in New Vineyard in the summer and Winter Park, Fla., in the winter.

His family includes son and daughter-in-law David Turner and Tricia Anderson, daughter Bethany Anderson, and grandchildren David William Anderson, Nicholas Turner Anderson and Sophia Elizabeth Anderson.

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