Judge Livius Anglin Sherwood, beloved husband of the late Anne (nee Galligan), passed away on Friday, June 7, 2002, in Ottawa, in his 79th year.
He is survived by his children Mary Sharkey, Chris (Heather) Sherwood, and grandsons Ryan, Garrett and Ethan. Livius was the most loving, kind, and generous Father/Grandfather any child could want. We will cherish his memory forever.Livius was renowned in local and international sailing and was the founder of the junior sailing program at the Britannia Yacht Club.
A former director of the Canadian Yachting Association and of the International Sailing Federation, he was involved for years in their Racing Rules Committees and helped draft the current Racing Rules of Sailing. He has been an international yachting judge since 1980 and served as a judge at seven America's Cups, two Olympics and many World Championships. Livius was the Director of Sailing for the 1976 Olympics in Canada. In 2000 he was awarded the Beppe Croce Trophy by the International Sailing Federation for outstanding voluntary service to the sport of sailing and was also the Canadian Yachting Association Rolex Sailer of the Year. He served overseas in the last world war then resumed his education being called to the Bar in 1950. He practised law in Ottawa until appointed to the bench in 1960. He retired in 1983. He was very active in the community particularly in services to youth. He volunteered as a worker at the old Ottawa Boys Club in 1950 and went on to serve as a director and as president of the club. He remains on its Advisory Board. In 1960 after two youth murders in Ottawa he was appointed as first Chairman of the Youth Services Bureau which still serves Ottawa youth.
Livius also helped as an advisor in the early days of Operation Go Home and of New Beginnings for Youth. He served for two years as President of the Ottawa Social Planning Council and was the first chairman of the Ottawa Crime Prevention Council. He was a member of the Governor-General's Curling Club and an Honourary Life Member and past Commodore of the Britannia Yacht Club. He was inducted into the Ottawa Sport's Hall of Fame in 2001. Thanks are due to Doctor Margaret Farncombe and her team for their palliative care as well as Dr. Viola and the staff at Elisabeth Bruyere Health Centre.
Friends may visit at the West Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 150 Woodroffe Ave., at Richmond Rd. on Tuesday, June 11, 2002 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 153 Woodroffe Ave., at Byron Ave., Friday June 14th, 10:00 a.m. Reception at Britannia Yacht Club following interment at Notre Dame Cemetery, 455 Montreal Rd. In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice will be appreciated.
Paul Henderson pays tribute to Livius:
Many years ago, Livius was sentencing a young offender who had trashed a public building in a park. It was usual to send these youth to "Reform School".
Long before it became fashionable Livius sentenced the young man to nine months of Saturdays cleaning up messes and graffiti in the parks. This sentence hit every front page in the newspapers in Canada.
He was a unique man and possibly the most honest and sincere man any of us will ever meet, I will miss him and his wisdom.