John "Jack" Joseph Sherwood III

December 21, 1946July 31, 2014

John Joseph “Jack” Sherwood III, 67, of East Hanover, passed away on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Jersey Shore Medical Center, Neptune, surrounded by his loving and devoted family. They will receive relatives and friends at the Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home of Livingston, 145 E. Mt. Pleasant Ave., on Tuesday, 3-9 PM. The Funeral Mass celebrating his life will be offered at St. Rose of Lima Church, 312 Ridgedale Ave., East Hanover, NJ (07936) on Wednesday at 9:45 AM and everyone is invited directly to church. The committal service will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Raised in Newark, John graduated from St. Benedicts Prep, class of 1964. He served his country honorably as a sergeant in the U.S. Army First Air Calvary Division in the 2nd Battalion, Fifth Cavalry Regiment, also known as the “Infamous 2/5” from 1966 to 1968 with a combat tour in Vietnam from 1967-1968. He was a recipient of the Army Commendation Medal for action taken March 11, 1967 and many other citations and medals for conducting numerous “search and destroy” missions as a member of a “Hunter Killer Team”. John began his law enforcement career with the Newark Police Department from 1969 to 1972 and joined the Essex County Sheriff’s Office in 1972. John rose through the ranks of the Sheriff’s Office serving in numerous divisions and retiring in February, 2004 attaining the rank of Deputy Chief. Above all his accomplishments he was a loving family man. He enjoyed spending time down the shore in Belmar with his grandchildren, the Sunday dinners at his house surrounded by his family; he was also an avid on and off-shore fisherman especially fishing on his boat with his three sons, all of whom followed him in law enforcement careers, and his grandchildren. John also found time for “muscle cars” and telling stories! John is survived by his beloved wife of forty-three years, Beatrice Lucille (DeMarco) and his three sons: John J. IV and wife Elizabeth and their children, John V (Jack) and Sarah; Michael D. and wife Jennifer and their children, Nicholas and Caitlin; Robert C. and his wife Melissa and their children Megan and Sean. He is also survived by his cousins who were like brothers and sisters: Marlene Walsh, Harold and Kathy Welsh, George and Joan Welsh, Jimmy and Pat Welsh, Sarah Welsh, Billy and Betty Connelly, George and Anita Connelly and Michael and Judy Connelly along with his mother-in-law Patricia DeMarco and his loving brothers and sisters-in-law whom he cherished dearly.



  • Visitation Tuesday, August 5, 2014
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 6, 2014


  • Committal Service

John "Jack" Joseph Sherwood III

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August 2, 2015

John Its been 1 year since you left us. we all miss you so very much.Your grandchildren miss and talk about you all the time ((())) Love you always, BeaBea

September 30, 2014

Thank you everyone!!!!
The Sherwood Family ((()))

Jeff Schwab

August 26, 2014

So sorry to have heard of this. I always enjoyed pizza at the Sherwood's. Shadow, the family dod, would always jump up on the table and over and over again mr Sherwood would yell " lie down dog". It was always hard for me to finish a meal I just couldn't stop laughing. A good man. My condolences to all the Sherwood's. I'm so sorry guys.

Brian Froelich

August 6, 2014

From high school on, John was always bigger than life- both literally and figuratively! The sound of his laugh was only exceeded by the size of his heart. Our loss is heavens gain.

George Shanaphy

August 6, 2014

In this time of sorrow,may God bless the entire Sherwood family

August 6, 2014

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.


August 6, 2014




Armando Aviles

August 5, 2014

I want to offer my deepest condolences to the entire Sherwood family, especially to all of Chief Sherwood's sons who I had the opportunity to work with at one time or another. Your dad was my first Captain when I joined the Sheriff's Office in 1995. He taught me all the in's and out's in his own special way. The knowledge he gave me will forever be appreciated. May he rest in peace in the arms of God.

Judy and Chuck Dooley

August 5, 2014

Your booming voice, political acuity, emails, wit and incredible hospitality...We miss you already!

Trish/John Comer

August 5, 2014

Mike, Jenn, Nick and Cait, We are so sorry for the loss of your father/grandfather. Our hearts are overwhelmed with grief for all of you and the Sherwood family. Uncle John and Aunt Trish Comer