Parr, Sherman

April 30, 1943 ~ April 02, 2022

Sherman Parr (78 yrs.) with family at his side graduated into the presence of our Lord on April 2, 2022. Sherman was the son of the late Sherman Parr (1964) and Stella (nee Wilson 1978). He is survived by the love of his life Carolyn (nee Bradley) devoted in marriage for over 56 years. Cherished father to Jason Parr (wife Iris), Brent Parr (wife Angela), and Lauren Van Ewyk (husband Ken). Much loved grandfather to Olivia Parr and our precious predeceased grandson, Mikail Dylan (2015), Adia, Naomi and Josephine Parr, Josiah Van Ewyk (wife Hope), Emily Tunstill (husband Brent), and Micah Van Ewyk. Special Papa to Tiffany, Chris and Carson. Radiant great grandfather to baby Ariah Grace Tunstill. Sherman was also predeceased by sisters, Gloria Marshall and Mary Lee Apps. and niece Jennifer Busch. Sherman was an employee of Esso Research, Sarnia location and in latter years travelled and presented at ASTM conferences across the USA. He also believed strongly in the value of education and served as a trustee with the Lambton County Board of Education (currently LKDSB). Sherman served in church leadership over the years, encouraged his family in setting priorities and for the past 22 years was deeply blessed by our loving church family at Colonial Woods Missionary Church, Port Huron MI. As a member of the Antique and Classic Car Club of Canada, Chemical Valley Region, he valued the many friendships of fellow classic car enthusiasts. He too was grateful for the agricultural heritage passed on through the Parr lineage and managed a cow/calf operation just north of Sombra. Truly our family saw him as a bold leader, and with intent, sought justice, loved mercy and walked in obedience to his calling. His legacy we value. The family is grateful for the wonderful end of life care through St. Joseph’s Hospice, Dr. Kim. Dr. Maddison and the loving care of the nurses, PSWs and volunteer staff. Your diligent attention and provision was amazing to us.

Family and friends will be received at STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL CHAPELS, Brigden on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 from 2-4 and 7-9pm.
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Funeral Service
A funeral service will take place on Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 1:00pm from the funeral home. Private family interment to follow at Bear Creek Cemetery.

Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice, Teen Challenge ( or Samaritans Purse (

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  1. Carolyn and family. I don’t know if you remember me or not, but I worked with Sherman for a short period in 1989 at Esso Research and I was out to your home for dinner a few times. I had been trying to reach Sherman by Facebook but wasn’t successful. I now see that he has passed on. Please accept my condolences. Sherman was an inspiration to me in the short time I was in his company. He was a very good man. I do hope you have been able to find peace since his passing.

  2. My deepest sympathy to the family, We were good friend through High school he had a wonderful sense of humour

  3. We were so sorry to hear of Sherm’s passing, but we know he is in glory with Jesus now. We fondly remember all the wonderful adventures we had with you and Sherm through the years– bike rides through the countryside, short trips, concerts, picnics at Canaterra Park, playing games at your table… and all the delicious meals you cooked for us! We had hoped to get together again to resume our adventurers, but it was not to be. However, we know your children will be there for you now as ever.

  4. Dear Carolyn, My sincere condolences to you. Thank you for introducing me to Sherman through the various social events at work. His smile and his strong handshake are what I will always remember. While I also extend to you my sympathy, please know as well that Pat and I hold you, your family, and Sherman, close in prayer. Marshall Kern

  5. Carolyn and Family,
    Our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Sherman. May your many wonderful memories help give you peace.
    Ted and Faye Barnes

  6. Carolyn, Sherm will surely be missed! We loved his smile and humor and have definitely missed seeing both of you the past couple of years of the shut-down. Our prayers for you will continue as you go through these difficult days. Love and the Lord’s blessings to you and the family – Harv and Pat Stremler

  7. Carolyn,I know you will miss Sherman. Thankful we do not mourn like those with no hope in Jesus. Will always remember Sherman’s smile. Know I am praying for you and your family. Love Kathy Alexander

  8. I am so sorry to read of Shermans passing. I know the sadness of losing your husband.
    Know that I will keep you and your family I my prayers. God bless you.

  9. Very sorry to hear of Sherman’s passing. He was always kind and courteous when we spoke. Our sympathies to his family at this sad time. Els

  10. Carolyn…thinking of you at this sad time for you and your family in the loss of your dear Sherman.
    My thoughts are with you. RIP Sherman.

  11. Saddened to hear of Sherman’s passing. It wasn’t long ago we (as a neighbourhood) were invited to celebrate his “40 years of farming and their marriage.” It was a wonderful evening. Sherman and Carolyn were leaving for a more leisurely lifestyle. There was never a five minute visit, as topics of discussion needed much more time! This often might include tea and muffins. We helped each other to our mutual benefit. The farm is still referred to as the “Parr farm”, and will be for a long time. Sincere condolences to Carolyn, Jason, Brent, Lauren and their families.
    Lars & Rene Bouman

  12. To Carolyn and Jason:
    I was shocked and saddened to hear of Sherman’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.God bless and heal you.

  13. My condolences to all the family- I went to WOIT with Sherman and he was good friends of my sister and brother in law who lived in Brigden years ago.
    He came south a few years ago and through my sister we connected and he came to see me where I live full time in Naples , FL.
    We had a great time reminiscing- he was very interested in my 1965 Mustang convertible I bought in 1965 – the year we graduated together. I still have it. He will be missed by many- Peter Knox

  14. To Carolyn & family:
    I was so sorry to hear of Sherman’s passing. You have my condolences and you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Betty Babbitt

  15. Carolyn and family, Remembering Sherm from Brigden days and connections with the McCoy family. In later years I always enjoyed seeing Sherm at Brigden UC suppers. Cherish your memories, Brian and Janet (Arnold)) Edgar

  16. Dear Carolyn and family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We were extremely saddened to learn of Sherman’s passing.
    In a different time we would be with you to extend our sympathy. Unfortunately the world has changed but one of our blessings is to be able to recall the friends that we have made over the years. The Parr family was a wonderful part of our years in Sombra. Sherman was a great neighbour and we treasure his memory and the times spent with each of you.
    We pray that your faith and memories of a special man will keep you strong as you find strength from our Heavenly Father and in each other.
    Love and hugs to each of you
    Don & Maxine Stevens

  17. The Lord knows
    the pain you feel, the grief you carry,
    the tears you cry, the memories you’ll cherish, the comfort you’ll need, the strength you’ll require.

    Thinking of you today
    and praying the tender ministry
    of the Lord will comfort you.

    Hear me, O Lord; for Thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of Thy tender mercies.

    Sara (nee Vandertil) and JEff Karr and Family

    Rode the highschool Bus with the Parr kids

  18. Carolyn and family,
    Our sincere condolences to you all during this very sad time. We will miss Sherman’s visits for his little “fix it – weld jobs”. He was always happy and had a smile on his face. Thinking of you.
    Terry and Edna

  19. To a longtime friend Carolyn, I send my love and faithful prayers on the passing of Sherm.I enjoyed so many hours of stimulating conversation, laughs and heartfelt exchanges. His family were so blessed to have experienced his love and guidance. God beds you all, Judy Whitlock Rossiter,

  20. Carolyn – So very sorry to hear of Sherman’s passing. My condolences to you and your family. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.
    Ann Wilson (Dick)

  21. My deepest sympathies to the Parr family. It was a joy to teach all 3 Parr’s . It was evident that they were raised by great parents. I am sure there are many happy memories that all can hold close to their hearts. Hugs!

  22. Dear Carolyn and Family…so sorry to hear of Sherman’s passing. Our heart goes out to you all. Carolyn you were like a big Sis to me growing up.💕. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time! Linda and Jim Kapala

  23. Sorry for your loss. I worked with Sherm at Imperial Oil research. I always enjoyed his stories and his sense of humour. Thinking of your family at this time.

  24. We send the family of Sherman Parr our deepest condolences at this very sad time. Sherman’s name came up frequently when my in-laws, Cecil and Vera Bedford lived “across the road” from Sherman and his family in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. He was a wonderful neighbour, very helpful and kind. We will be with you in thought and prayer during the difficult days ahead. Sincerely Allan and Heather Bedford

  25. Deepest Sympathy to Carolyn and family at the passing of Sherm. He was a real good friend for a long time.
    We will sure miss the many visits.. “Lots of Memories”
    Earle and Joanne

  26. Carolyn & family we are so sorry for your loss. We always looked forward to seeing both of you and listening to his positive out look on life and stories.. He was a great gentlemen always willing to provide support or help when needed. He will be truly missed but not forgotten.
    Kevin, Sue, Carmen Poole

  27. At our monthly Esso Research safety meetings, Sherm was a champion at keeping management in line (lol). And there was always lots of lol when Sherm was around. But he was a key contributor in the lab. One of his achievements was the installation of the liquid nitrogen “at the bench delivery” installation where he had to to compete with NASA for delivery of parts. He also provided some really good Spring lamb. Carolyn, Janet, and all the Parr and related families, please accept my condolences. Sherm will be missed.

  28. To the Parr family, So sorry to hear of Sherm’s passing. He was a great help to us with the school board and we will be always grateful to him for this. May wonderful memories warm your hearts in the days to come and God comfort you all.
    Alan and Marie Dawson Stephenson

  29. Carolyn & family so sorry for your loss. He was a great guy. Sherm & I became good friends the year we boarded together in Windsor oh so many years ago. Always looked forward to catching up with him every time we met. Sending our prayers and treasure your memories.
    Don & Geri

  30. My condolences to Carolyn and family at the passing of Sherman, we went to High school at the same time and was a good man. May he rest in peace.
    Wes and Edith Pedersen

  31. Remembering Sherman in my younger (Brigden) years….always interested to have a chat with folks. Sending my sincere sympathy to all those who loved him…

  32. Carolyn and Family,
    Please accept my deepest sympathy at this sad time.
    Sherman was a wonderful man.I know that Tom and Laura thought the world of him.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
    Kelly Barnes

  33. My sincere condolences on the passing of Sherman
    I was raised in Brigden & used to go to Parr’s as sister Mary Lee & I were friends & Sherm & I always visited at the Brigden Fair

  34. Dear Carolyn, and family, please accept our sincere condolences of the loss of such a good man. Sherman always had a ready smile and would always take time for a chat. Rest In Peace Sherman and may God wrap his arms around your family and friends as he welcomes you home!

  35. So sorry to hear of Sherm’s passing. Our condolences go out to Carolyn and family. This makes two Brignetteye in a week .Lee and Sherm were a great deal of help on the Brigden history book. Prayers to all Gord and Barb

  36. Sincere Sympathy to you and your family Lauren and Ken. So many Memories”. Xoxoxo Aunt Elayne

  37. Carolyn and family: So sorry to hear of Sherman’s passing. We enjoyed visiting at the Car Club gatherings and
    always had a good laugh. Sherm helped with a portion of the St. Clair River Trail for which we were very
    thankful. Thinking of you at this time.

  38. Carolyn and family, So very sorry to hear of the passing of Sherman. Thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

    Dianne McLean

  39. Deepest sympathy Carolyn and family. I wish I could be with you at this time, I have memories of Sherman as far back as I can remember such a special person and friend. Hugs to each and everyone of you and may each of feel our Lord holding you tight at his time.

  40. Dear Carolyn and family, my deepest condolences with the loss of a wonderful, faithful, man that made a positive impact with every life he touched. I always enjoyed our chats and his opinion was always welcomed and balanced. He will be missed by all who knew him! Sending hugs to you all, Steve Arnold