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02/05/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Eric Sheriff

Eric Hanlin Sheriff
(06 Apr 1916 - 26 Jan 2009)

Newport News High School Class of 1934

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

  
We have more sad, if somewhat belated, news today.   Eric Hanlin Sheriff, Class of 1934, passed away in Yorktown on Monday, January 26, 2008 at the age of 92. 


From June Veneris Collie (Hampton HS - '62) of VA - 02/03/09 - "Eric Hanlin Sheriff Class of 1934":

Hello Carol,
 
A friend of my husband's and mine passed away on Jan. 26, 2009 just a little over a month after his wife passed away.  Eric, Virginia, and Stephen lived across the street from me in Hampton.  They moved to York County.  I met them again when we joined Yorkminster Presbyterian Church in 1973.  They were a dear couple who gave much to their community. 
 
June Collie

   Oh, June, I'm so sorry for your loss - and sorry that I did not pick up on this when I first read it myself. Thank you for pointing it out to me!


 From the Daily Press - 01/30/09:   

                Eric Hanlin Sheriff

 

YORKTOWN - Eric Hanlin Sheriff joined his wife of 67 years, Virginia Williams Sheriff, who died Dec. 16, 2008, on Monday, Jan. 26, 2009.

He was born April 6, 1916, in Newport News, Va., to the late Stephen Sheriff II and Amy Morrison Sheriff, who emigrated from Scotland and Newfoundland. He grew up under the strong influence of the Scottish community.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Margaret S. Hogge (Cowles); and nephew, Bill Hogge (Mildred).

He is survived by a son, Stephen III; niece, Amy Hogge Pisula (Vincent MD); brother-in-law, John D. Williams (Eileen); and numerous other nieces and nephews.

 

Virginia and Eric Sheriff
 


Eric was a 1934 graduate of Newport News High School and 1938 graduate of the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School. He retired in 1979 as a supervisor in the machinery division of Newport News Shipbuilding (Tenneco).

He was a member and past deacon and elder of Yorkminster Presbyterian Church. He was an usher and sang in the Presbyterian Men's Chorus. For many years, he hosted a men's group "The SOBs" (Sheriff's Old Buddies), every Tuesday morning.

He served on the board of the Yorktown Library at the time York County built it's first branch. His name is included on a bronze plaque mounted on the building entry. He was a member and past president of the Hampton (Host) Lion's Club and a member of the Lion's Club Jug Band. He resigned from active membership in 1999 and became an honorary member.

Eric was a docent at the Mariner's Museum receiving a 25 year pin in 2006. His skill as an interpreter of the museum's exhibits brought many favorable comments from visitors. He was an active member of the Progressive Club and the Apprentice Alumni Association and served as a docent at the Yorktown Waterman's Museum.

A memorial service, officiated by the Reverends Feild Russell and David Pierce, will be held at 2:15 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, at Yorkminster Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Lion's Club Vision Program or a favorite charity
. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in the Daily Press from 1/31/2009 - 2/1/2009.
Guest Book

 


January 31, 2009
 
MAY THE LORD BLESS AND KEEP YOU ERIC. OUR MANY DAYS ON THE WATERFRONT IN THE PAST SEEM LIKE YESTERDAY. YOU WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BY ALL. MAY GOD GIVE STRENGTH AND LOVE TO YOUR FAMILY AT THIS STRESSFUL TIME.
LOVE AND PRAYERS,
AL
 
~ AL HAYS, TALLAHASSEE, Florida

February 01, 2009

Our prayer and sympathy goes out to Stephen and the entire family.
 
~ Frances & Clarence Hargus, Middlesex County, Virginia

February 01, 2009

You're in our thoughts, Stevie. Your Mom and Dad will be greatly missed. Some of our fondest memories spent with them are
the sundowners shared during our visits to Pine Point.

~ Ron and Martha Newton, Clemson, South Carolina


February 01, 2009

Eric, I know you will be in the thoughts and prayers of many, especially those of us who were fortunate enough to work beside you in the Mariners' Museum. Thank you for 10 years of inspiration, knowledge, wit and compassion. Jo
 
~ Jo Wildman, Clayton, North Carolina

February 03, 2009

To Eric's family~
I worked with Eric at The Mariners' Museum in Visitor Services and always enjoyed talking with him. He was always friendly and very helpful with a wonderful sense of humor. He will be missed greatly.
 
~ Lauren Fureymoore, Newport News, Virginia

February 04, 2009

To Stephen and family,
Eric had a wonderful life. He contributed so much to his community and church. He was a unique person who was enjoyed and respected by all who knew him.
 
~ Yvonne Adams, Yorktown, Virginia

 

   Our deepest condolences are extended to the Sheriff family and their friends at this difficult time.


  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol

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O Lord of Life, Where'er They Be

- Lyrics by
Frederick L. Hosmer, 1888; Music by Melchior Vulpius (circa 1560-1615)


O Lord of life, where’er they be,
Safe in Thine own eternity,
Our dead are living unto Thee:
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All souls are Thine, and here or there
They rest within Thy sheltering care;
One providence alike they share:
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Above the requiem, “Dust to dust,”
Shall rise our psalm of grateful trust:
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O happy they in God who rest,
No more by fear and doubt oppressed,
Living or dying, they are blest:
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