Norman Richard Sherlock passed away peacefully on November 16, 2022, in Arlington, Virginia, following a long illness.
He was born September 18, 1936, to Orville and Martha Ann “Mattie” (Reichert) Sherlock in St. Francis, Kansas. Soon after his birth, displaced by the Dust Bowl, his family migrated to San Luis Obispo, California, and then Walla Walla, Washington, where his father found work in the fields and later worked as a union organizer, farmer, and auctioneer.
Ambitious and hardworking, Norman graduated from Wa-Hi High School in Walla Walla and worked his way through college at Washington State University. He had a long and successful career in politics, first as a staff member for U.S. Senator Warren Magnuson, then as a lobbyist and trade association executive. He worked with the Air Transport Association before joining the American Bus Association, where he rose to the position of president before retiring.
Norman will be rememberd by his family and friends as a kind and gentle man with a quick wit and a sharp intellect. He cherished his three children and was proud of his Irish heritage (his favorite film was The Quiet Man, starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara). An avid reader, his favorite subjects were history and politics. He followed Washington football and delighted in complaining about his favorite baseball team, the N.Y. Yankees. He loved horses, fishing, travel, and a medium rare steak with a glass of full-bodied red wine.
Norman is survived by his son, Sean Sherlock (Christina) of Alexandria, Virginia; his sister, Claudette Potter (Jim) of The Dalles, Oregon; his five granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughters, Kimberley Tucker and Stacey Jeuris, and his brothers Anthony Sherlock, Eldon Sherlock, and Warren Sherlock.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, November 20 from 10am to 1pm at Everly Wheatley Funeral Home in Alexandria, Va.