W. Lorne Sherry
W. Lorne Sherry

October 18, 1929 - October 9, 2013
Born in Detroit, Michigan
Resided in St. Clair Shores, MI
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W. Lorne Sherry, age 83, died on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit after a short illness. Lorne was born on October 18, 1929 in Detroit, the son of John LeRoy and Caroline Sherry. At the age of two, his family moved to Prince Edward Island, Canada where Lorne grew up. Eventually he moved to Montreal where he graduated high school, and finally back to Detroit. In 1952 Lorne married Joan and began their family until her death in 1982.

Lorne served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army during the Korean War. After the war, he attended the Detroit Technical School (later named the General Motors Institute) and received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He began his career at General Motors, primarily at the GM Tech Center in Warren. He was known as the "Trailer Hitch King" because he developed the equalizing trailer hitch. He retired in 1992 after 37 years.

Lorne was a avid ice boater and sailor and was a past commodore (1979) of the Crescent Sail Yacht Club in Grosse Pointe Farms and a founding member of the Detroit Ice Yacht Club. He was a three time winner of the World Championship Renegade Ice Boat competition. He tried out for the Olympics as a sailor and sailed in over 25 Port Huron to Mackinaw races. He also enjoyed golf, crossword puzzles and traveling back to Prince Edward Island every summer.

He was a member of the Grosse Pointe Senior Mens Club.

In 1984 he married Mary Helen Roche. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who was most comfortable on the water racing or cruising on his Cal 20 sail boat.

Lorne is survived by his wife Helen; children, Loretta Rehe (Jim), Kevin Sherry (Allison), Ron Sherry (Reneé), Jane Sherry, Joe Roche (Laura), and Mary Kaye Justis (Jay); grandchildren, Mike, Dan, Caroline, Trevor, Griffin, Brian, Matthew, Katie and Christie; great-grandchildren, Theresa, Emmett, Cynthia, Jessica and Joseph; his brother, Arnold (Rosalee); his sister, Margaret Juanita MacDonald and sisters-in-law Jackie Sherry and Helen Sherry. He was predeceased by his first wife, Joan Elizabeth Sherry; children, Debbie and Steve; brothers, John Sherry and Wendell Sherry; sister, Noreen LaMarsh (the late Dick) and brother-in-law, John MacDonald.

Visitation will be from 2:00 to 9:00 pm Sunday at the A. H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack Avenue at Vernier Road in Grosse Pointe Woods. The Holy Rosary will be recited at 7:00 o'clock Sunday evening, followed by a family eulogy. His body will lie instate at St. Margaret of Scotland Church, 21201 Thirteen Mile Road in St. Clair Shores from 9:00 a.m. Monday until mass begins at 10:00 a.m. Rev. Fr. Ronald DeHondt will be the celebrant. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township.

Memorials may be made to The Capuchin Monastery, c/o The Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order, Attn: Development Office, 1820 Mt. Elliott Street; Detroit, MI or Crescent Sailing Association, 276 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.




A. H. Peters Funeral Home Grosse Pointe Woods
20705 Mack Avenue
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI US 48236
Sunday, October 13, 2013
2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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St. Margaret of Scotland
21201 Thirteen Mile Rd
St. Clair Shores, MI US 48082
Monday, October 14, 2013
10:00 AM
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Resurrection Cemetery
18201 Clinton River Rd.
Clinton Township, MI US 48038
Monday, October 14, 2013