John D. Sherman
JAMESTOWN - John D. "Buddy" Sherman,

81 years old, passed away Sunday, October 19, 2008, in Jamestown, RI.
Born in Staunton, Illinois, January 6, 1927. Son of the late Harry W. Sherman, Chicago, IL and Marjory E. Kanrich, Cathedral City, CA.
He attended and graduated from Francis W. Parker School in Chicago. In 1943 Buddy enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps, but was released from service due to the early death of his father, leaving Buddy the sole surviving male in his family. He briefly attended Northwestern University, leaving to become a member of the family manufacturing business in 1945.
Always deeply interested in politics, Buddy became involved in the Chicago political arena, running unsuccessfully, for Alderman in or about 1960. Buddy moved the family to Vermont in 1961, where he lived until 1968. While there he opened Gallagher’s, a very popular local bar, frequented by many Newporters of that era.
He moved to Newport in 1973 full time, after his acquisition of the Firehouse on Queen Anne Square. He became the Editor/Publisher of the very controversial "Newporter" newspaper, principally as a vehicle to address local political issues and to promote Newport during the Bicentennial. He was very outspoken in that role. He ran unsuccessfully for city council in 1979.
He was best known by most of his closest friends as "Lord Budwell of Crudwell". Always on the move, Buddy traveled far and wide, both nationally, but mostly on the European continent and the British Isles. He lived for a period of time in many of these places, to include, Missouri, Illinois, California, Oregon, Vermont, Massachusetts, also England, Greece, France, Germany, etc. His "Lordship" lived for the open road. His happiest moments were behind the wheel of his many machines, but especially his beloved "Elephant", a lumbering swaying, slow moving, voluminous, ex-German 1-1/2 ton mobile recording studio/camper of which he spent many happy years, exploring the secondary roads of all the countries and states that he went preferably in the vicinity of junkyards, ancient boatyards, and near early 18th to 20th century architecture. He had an uncanny ability to communicate or converse with persons whose native tongues he had no familiarity. He was mostly attracted to traditional working class food, drink, art, politics especially in the company of intelligent, spirited, attractive woman of that same ilk.
He was continually, conspicuously clad in denim, from head to foot. His most treasured possession was his vintage brass" Junk Dealer #11" badge, which adorned his person for nigh on 35 years. He was sought after, loved, and adopted by countless intelligent, stray dogs and cats his entire life. He was a more than avid collector of large and small vintage and antique, cars, trucks, boats, and motorcycles. He left behind many friends and a few enemies too. He was all too well known for his somewhat, but not excessive vitriolic, and mildly sardonic wit and sense of humor. His favorite pastimes were a good cup of coffee, a glass of peasant Greek wine or brandy, reading, writing, and heated (very) conversation and discussion.
His sister, Jacqueline Rose of Waitsfield, VT, his daughters, Christie of NY, Jody of Montpelier, VT, Jamie of Waitsfield, VT, Sarah Lafferty, London, England, Rachel Pauta, Jamaica Plains, NY, Hannah, Middletown, RI, survives him. His sons, Harry 2nd, no permanent address, John Jr., Waterbury, VT, Max Longfellow, San Francisco, CA, Will, Middletown, RI.
There will be a gathering of friends and family, to be announced, in December, to celebrate his life.

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