Nelson John Sherren, CD

April 29, 2019


It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of a dear husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend into eternal rest and peace on Monday, April 29Th, 2019 at the Health Sciences Centre, St. John’s at 83 years.

Nelson was born in Halifax and grew up in Corner Brook. He was educated at Mount Allison University.  He was well known throughout industry in the Maritimes and Newfoundland and Labrador.  He was a mine manager at Wabush Mines and in later years in a consulting capacity in offshore gas and oil.  He had numerous years of experience in petroleum, mining, marine, paper and fabrication industries.  He had a long and decorated career in the Canadian Armed Forces.

He had many interests. He was an avid reader and writer, with numerous articles published.  He was always interested in military history (WWI and WWII), aviation history and a member of various committees and organizations. His extensive volunteer efforts should not be forgotten.

He is predeceased by his father Rev. John Sherren; mother, Rowena Sherren; brothers, Bryce Sherren and Keith Sherren.

Leaving to celebrate his life and cherish precious memories are his loving and dedicated wife, Barbara and their son Dr. Adam Barnes (Caitlin) and grandchildren, Rhys and Seren; son Keith Sherren (Nino) and grandchildren Galina, Nicolai and Gregory Watson and Joshua Watson; son Ken Sherren and granddaughter, Paige;  son Reg Sherren (Pam) and grandchildren Mitchell and Emma; daughter Christine (Roger Perron) and grandchildren Marc (Emily), Shane and Brady; and daughter Jennifer (Mark Robichaud) and grandson, Benjamin.

Nelson would want special recognition to his brother, Reginald, who shared a common bond of respect, love and cherished memories.  They had many memories and a lifetime of friendship and brotherhood along with Reginald’s wife, Ellen, a kind, loving sister-in-law.

He cherished the friendship of Mary Lou Whelan, RN (Matthew) Barbara’s sister.  The two spent endless hours in conversation over the years.  Lou was always there for her brother-in-law, Nelson, with love, respect and kindness for him with his medical issues. Their love for each other was beyond reproach.

He also leaves many nieces, nephews and friends.

Barbara and family appreciated the kindness and professionalism of two special physicians: Dr. Frank Noel, CCU, HSC, St. John’s and Dr. Lisa Kieley, his long-time family physician.

The family will be accepting visitors at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, on Friday May 3 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held from the Carnell Memorial Chapel on Saturday May 4 at 2:00 p.m. with interment to follow at Holy Cross Southside Cemetery, Holyrood.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Nelson’s memory may be made to The Air Cadets or Gower Street United Church.

“To live in hearts, we leave behind is not to die”



2-4 p.m. on May 3, 2019

7-9 p.m. on May 3, 2019

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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I only now discovered that Mr. Sherren had passed away. I hadn’t heard from him in some time and on a whim searched his name and found this obituary. I am truly saddened by his loss and pass on my sincerest, if somewhat late, condolences to his family. Several years ago he contacted me while he was preparing to write a book on the history of Torbay airport. I provided him with a lot of information as my father and his brother had both been RCAF pilots during the war and my father brought in the first wing of Lysanders to Torbay in 1942. We kept in touch ever since but not as frequently lately as I guess would be obvious. I have an electronic copy of that work that I highly encouraged him to publish. I will miss his interesting conversations…

To the family and friends of Nelson Sherren: I was saddened by the call from Scott Parsons this morning informing me of the passing of my most respected friend in the North. I and my friends with the Dyke Lake B17 Recovery Team and the Liberty Foundation want you to know that you are in our hearts, minds and prayers during this time of loss. I cannot think of Nelson without smiling because of the many good memories of such a great man.

Barbara and Family,
Very sorry to hear of Nelson’s passing. I cherish the opportunity to have known him and to have been able to join in several of his history and aviation projects.

To: Keith, Ken., Reg, Christine and Jennifer. Your Dad is fondly remembered for the contributions that were part of his many different careers. We fondly remember you all from our years in Wabush.
Ian & Norma MacCara

Dear Barb and Family,

May Nelson rest in peace. We cherish our memories of visiting and entertaining.. How the years have flown.
Love and Peace always.

Joan and Joe Gregory

We learned of Nelson’s passing late yesterday. Please know that we are thinking of you & keeping you in our prayers.

We were saddened to learn of Nelson’s recent passing. It was our pleasure to know him as a Newfoundland relative. Our sincere condolences to Barbara and all the family at this difficult time.

Barbara and family,
I just picked up the wkn. Paper and saw that Nelson had passed away, I was too late for the wake and funeral. Please accept my sincere sympathy. Know that I’m thinking about you at this sad time,
God Bless, Arlene Power

Our thoughts are with all of you at this very sad time…..your fond memories will get you through the days ahead…he lives on in all of you.

Hugs…Linda, Darryl and Brandon

Barb and Family,
We have very heavy hearts upon learning of Nelson’s passing. We are actually out of the province at the moment but please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and ur family during this difficult time. Colin always thought the world of Nelson and always spoke very highly of him. Keep all the good memories close to Your heart ❤️
Colin Attwood & Heather Dillon

To Reg, Ken, Keith, Christine and Jennifer and your families,
Losing your dad is a tremendous loss in your lives. My sincere condolences go out to all of you. Nels was always larger than life and I am certain he will be greatly missed.
Growing up in Wabush made for great memories and everyone knew your dad.
SJ (Susan Taylor) Normand

Barbara,Adam,Mary Lou and family,
So sorry for your loss.My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Leigh Ann Kirkpatrick (Hickey)

Our Sympathy and Condolences to the Sherren Family RIP Nelson

Both Sue and I wish to extend our deepest condolences to Nelson’s immediate and extended family.
Our thoughts are with all of you and we hope that you find comfort by being together at this time of sorrow.
Cousin Nelson was always like the wise uncle to me, and to my father he was more of a younger brother than a nephew. I always admired Nelson for being there for the members of his extended family, he was always so thoughtful and caring and will be sadly and fondly missed.
Brian and Susan Pinsent

Barbara Ita and I are shocked and sad to learn of Nelson’s passing. I just learned of it this evening. I can’t believe he is gone. I loved him so much as did Len. Our love and condolences to Adam, Mary Lou and Nelson’s family.

So sorry to hear of Nelson’s passing. My sincerest sympathy to you and your family. My love to you and to Mary Lou.


To family and friends, condolences on your loss.

I have many fond memories of working with Nels through his years with NSA and our team. I’m thankful for the guidance he provided to me early in my career, but even more thankful for the sincere friendship that developed through working together. His laughter and stories have been missed since he retired, but they will be cherished in our memories.


To the Sherren family: We first met, perhaps in the mid- sixties at Wabush/Lab City and later in St.John’s. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Cyril/Carmel Fleming. Mississauga, Ontario

To The Sherren Family
My condolences on your loss — a life well lived.
My father David had a great respect for the work Nelson did with his many history projects with restoration and aviation. In particular Keith and family – I have fond memories of our trip to Gallipoli and my discussions with Nelson
Take care
Ean Parsons ( unfortunately I’m out of town today)

My condolences to the Sherren family. Though I did not know Mr .Sherren personally growing up in Wabush I often heard my dad Bill Smeaton speak of him with great respect. Again please accept my sympathy.

Marjory Smeaton

To the Sherries Family.. Nellie and I are saddened by the passing of a great man and a dear friend. Nels was my first foreman when I went to Wabush Mines as an apprentice. He was my mentor and friend, always giving me good advice. Rest In Peace Brother.

To Christine and family my sincere condolences

Deeply saddened to here for Nelson’s passing. He will be missed by us both and all who knew him.

Christine, Roger, Marc (Emily), Shane and Brady and all the Sherren family.
My deepest sympathies for your loss, may you find strength in each other and those that support you.

We are very sorry to hear of Nelson’s passing. You were great neighbours and we enjoyed many conversations over the fence.

Rest In Peace Nelson.

My condolences to all the family. Ken I know it’s been quite a while since trade school etc, but please accept my condolences. All the best

Condolences to Nelson’s family and friends. I met him once at St. John’s airport, at a military-aviation event (visit of a B-17 if memory serves), and then we corresponded via email over the years. He had a love of aviation and military history and a great eye for detail. Always found him to be friendly and engaging. May he rest in peace.

So sorry to hear of Nelson’s passing. I considered him one of my trusted friends before and during my political career. He was a straight shooter but always took the time to listen. Deepest sympathy to the family.

So sorry to hear of your loss. May all of your fond memories get you through this sad time.

All family and friends,
My family extends our condolences to all members of Nelson’s family and friends. We hope that the love of family and friends will comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead. Too, we pray that the peace of Christ and the comfort of the Holy Spirit would be with you all. You will be in our thoughts and prayers during this time.

“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18 – NRSV)

John, Sandra, James, Valerie, and Lydia Sherren.
Peterborough, Ontario.

My Beautiful and Dear Friend Barbara.
My Thoughts, My Heart and Love to you at this time for your loss of Nelson. This is a sad moment for All who has known Him, and he will be missed.

Be Strong Barbara.

Maria Squires

Our condolences to the Sherren family.

Sincere condolences to Nelsons family. When he was with Wabush Mines and I with Boiler Inspection we had a lot of contact. , later we were involved with Institute of Power Engineers . He was always a good friend and a gentleman. May he rest in peace.

Keith, Ken, Reg, Christine, Jennifer and families:
I send sincere condolences to you on the passing of your dad. I fondly remember cracking a few jokes with him back in our Wabush Mines days. He always had the time to stop and say hi. My thoughts are with you.

Reg, Pam and family
Sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours at this time.
Sincere sympathy,
Janet Hearn

The Sherren Family
Please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of a wonderful member of the Sherren family. For me he was a great and generous friend and I thoroughly enjoyed his company. I knew Nel’s through our association with Westinghouse the great electrical Company. His kindness showed itself to me as a C.L.B. officer and his generosity to the C.L.B. through our archives and history which he enhanced with artifacts and documentation. They will always remain as a testimony to his kindness. May the greatest physician of all time grant him rest.
J.A. Heffernan ( Colonel ) M.S.M.

My sincere condolences to you Barb and family. I will remember Nelson fondly while working with him at NSA.

So sad to hear. Nelson was a great friend and he will be missed. I will always remember our trip across the island in the Liberty Belle B-17 and our many hours of Aviation talk. My sincere condolences to the family.

We extend heartfelt sympathy to Nelson’s wife Barbara and family. Have many fond memories of his visits with us on PEI.
RIP Nelson.

Mes sincères condoléances à Barbara and the family. I keep a lot of good souvenirs working with Nelson during the Peacock Inc years.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Reg and all of the family at this very difficult time. R.I.P Nels

Derm and Theresa Cole

Condolences to Nelson’s Family. many wonderful memories of our conversations over the years from Wabush days to his working career on the Island . Rest in Peace Nels your friendship was treasured..

Saddened to hear of the psaaing of Nels. Our association goes back to Wabush Days and later on the Island where he was involved in many causes,including the Aciation Museum in Gander.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and extended family at this time. R.I..P.. Derm and Dianne Flynn

Deepest Sympathy to Barbara &Adam and the Sherren family. Great memories of food and music at Nelson’s home and everyone was made to feel welcome. Rest In Peace Nelson. Till we meet again. Matt

Deepest condolences to Barbara & Adam and the Sherren family. Nelson was my best friend and it was an honour and a privilege to have him as a big part of my family.. So long Nelson it’s been good to know you…RIP. Mary Lou

Prayers for the family and may he R.I.P

So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing, we have many fond memory’s of him .,when he lived in Wabush he always dropped by every New Year Eve Eve for a visit. May he Rest In Peace..RUSSELL And Kathleen Martin.

So sorry to hear of the passing of Mr Sherren, he will be greatly missed by many people especially his family who were so dear to him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time. Take care and God Bless.
Ceil Ozon and Len Wells

Ken, our sincere sympathy on the loss of your Dad. Please express our condolences to all his loved ones. RIP

Ken, sincere condolences to you and your family.