- Sherwood Frederick Chandler passed away peacefully at his home in Machiasport on October 22, 2016. He was born on February 25, 1929, in Columbia Falls, the first son of Fred Ruggles Chandler and Mary Medeline Grant across the street from the Historic Ruggles House built by his great, great, great, great grandfather, Judge Thomas Ruggles.
Sherwood often said he lived a great life filled with family, friends and many wonderful times. He was a true Mainer with an amazing sense of humor, sharp memory and an ability to carry a tune, which often made him the life of the party. He was the best storyteller and a wicked prankster. So many people looked forward to a visit with Sherwood. One of his elaborate and grand stories placed him as General of the Columbia Falls Militia. He took great pleasure in appointing many fellow friends to distinguished positions within his Militia.
Sherwood was an avid outdoorsman. He loved hunting and fishing at his hunting camp and enjoyed many trips to Labrador, Northern Quebec and Newfoundland. His passion led him to receive his certification as a Master Maine Guide and write for The Maine Sportsman Magazine.
In his early years, Sherwood's musical ability led him to play stand-up bass in two bands known as The Lincoln Acres and Northern Aires.
Through the years, Sherwood had many interests including reading, astrology, doing crosswords, and baseball. He was a proud Yankees fan. He was a member of the Rotary Club, Masons, Shriners, Sons of the American Legion and Lion's Club. Sherwood spent many years as a Notary Public, marrying more than 40 couples in his lifetime. He was involved in community affairs serving as a Selectman and Planning Board Member for the Town of Machias and a Selectman and Accessor for the Town of Northfield.
Sherwood was a Master Electrician and a Union Electrician in Construction. He owned and operated his own company, Columbia Falls Grain (CFG) and Electric Co. for more than 40 years. He was also a co-owner of the Clipper Sub Shop and Pub for many years.
He is survived by his loving wife of sixty-seven years, Marlene Holway Chandler; their three children, Michael Chandler, Sherl Leavitt and Cathy Chandler; three grandchildren, Christi Hatch and her husband Robert, Cori Collins and Jennifer Ranke; three great grandchildren, Tyler Hatch, Jordan Ranke and Zeke Ranke; a brother, Sherman Chandler of California and several special nieces and nephews.
It was Sherwood's wishes to be cremated. A private committal service will be conducted in the Spring.
"When an old man dies, a library dies with him." - Sherwood Chandler