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Daniel F. Sherman

July 18, 2021

Daniel F. ShermanDaniel F. Sherman, 65, of Clayton and formerly of Syracuse passed away peacefully at his home Sunday morning, July 18, 2021, with two of his brothers by his side.

Dan was born in Syracuse on July 30, 1955, son of Carl R. and Barbara L. Greene Sherman. He was a graduate of SUNY Cortland and spent over 30 years in the Syracuse City School District, 26 years as the Physical Education teacher at Seymour Elementary School. Dan was a devoted family member and friend, and was committed to and adored by his students. He loved the outdoors and was an avid bicyclist, hiker, kayaker, and overall health enthusiast.

He is survived by his mother Barbara L. Sherman, Clayton and his four siblings: Rick Sherman and wife Suzette, Santa Fe, NM; Tom Sherman and wife Beverly, Baldwinsville; Sandy Stedman and husband Sam, Clayton; and Jim Sherman, Clayton; as well as six nieces and nephews: Emily, Olivia, Julian, Carl, Katey, and Sam. Dan’s father Carl passed away on December 26, 2018.

There are no services planned at this time. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton and online condolences to Dan's family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. Donations in his name may be made to a charity close to his heart, Save the River, 409 Riverside Dr., Clayton, NY 13624 www.savetheriver.org.


#21 Paul V Grace 2021-08-16 21:02
To the Sherman family,

I offer my deepest condolences to all of you for the loss of your beloved Dan. Wonderful guy and friend - the first friend that I made at my new school (Van Duyn Elem.) as I entered 4th grade. He was a friendly, intelligent guy who was faithful and devoted, especially to his teammates in athletics. His enduring life legacy is shown through the countless students and athletes that he coached and taught through the years - so many went on to successes in academics and sports at Fowler and Corcoran High School and beyond. Hope this gem of a guy rests eternally in heavenly peace.....# Cougarsinheaven
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#20 Andrew Bankert 2021-08-08 21:23
Dan was the greatest college roommate ever -always happy and smiling. I will never forget our times together
His positivity obviously carried over to all his students.
Thank you for being in my life Dano!
Andy Bankert
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#19 Samantha Cotten 2021-07-30 13:04
Mr. Sherman was the best teacher, not just a gym teacher. I remember in gymnastics class, I would always doubt myself. Mr. Sherman would encourage me mentally as well as physically to keep trying. Thank you, Mr. Sherman!

My deepest condolences to the family, thank you for such an amazing person.
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#18 JeffMaryBeth Bullock 2021-07-30 12:24
I was shocked to hear this very sad news. As i write this i am even more saddened since I know that today 7/30) is his birthday. I would always text him to wish him a happy birthday. I am so sorry for your loss. He definitely lived life to its fullest. We lived next door to him and he was alway either going for a run, or picking up or dropping off a student or leaving early to open up the gym at Seymour for his kids. He was a man with a purpose and he lived it well. Keeping you all in our prayers. Please let me know if there is anything i can do besides pray. ❤️ The Bullocks
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#17 Daniel Waldron 2021-07-29 19:05
My condolences to you and your family. So sorry to hear about the passing of your brother. I remember him when we hung out back in the day.
Dan Waldron
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#16 Debbie Prusinowski 2021-07-28 19:33
My sincere sympathy to Danny's Family.
Remembering Danny and our memories of High School days at TJC'73. Memories I cherish.
Debbie Watson Prusinowski
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#15 Brittini Ray 2021-07-28 15:01
So at a loss for words as we were just emailing each other about me graduating from welding school back in May! You were more than just a gym teacher to me, more like a father figure. The drive that I have today and the ability to look someone in the eye is all because of you! You couldn’t stress enough how far it would get me in life and every time that moment came, I thought of you! You will forever be missed there’s no doubt about it! As you’d always say “and on the 8th day, Brittini Ray” My condolences to the family of this wonderful guy!
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#14 Kathy LaRocca 2021-07-28 07:45
Very sorry of the loss of Dan.
He was such a wonderful and caring person. Our years at Seymour School were wonderful. I had enjoyed our daily talks. May his memory be eternal.
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#13 David Shipe 2021-07-28 07:22
Dan was a neighbor for 25 years and we bought his house 8 years ago. He was so thoughtful and kind and generous. We have a little red wagon that was in the attic that his grandfather built for him and his brother. If the family is interested, I would like to get this to whoever wants it.
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#12 Jake Jenkins 2021-07-27 19:51
I snapped the ball to Dan as he was the quarterback and team leader of the 1973 cougars. Later we both taught PE in the SCSD and lived in the valley where we both grew up. Always class and a joy to be with. A great educator and a class guy. Rest In Peace my friend.
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