8-20-15 Sherman Briscoe

Howard Sherman Briscoe died on April 1, 2015 aged 85 at his home in London, England. A funeral service was held in London on April 16 and on August 4 his ashes were buried at the Empire Cemetery in Elizabethtown. After retiring from the US Department of Commerce in 1990, Sherman would spend each summer in Elizabethtown with his wife Sarah (nee Gibson). He is survived by his wife, his son James and daughter-in-law Mita who reside in Spain and his sister Cary Lou and brother-in-law Glenn Canfield of White Plains, NY. Also by nephews Brad and Whitney Canfield. Sherman was born on July 5, 1929 in Hartford, Conn. He was the son of Harold and Helen (nee Bodie). After attending the University of Connecticut with the ROTC program, he served in the US Air Force at O’Hare Field in Chicago and overseas in Wiesbaden, Germany. Upon discharge he worked in sales for American Airlines and then Northwest Orient Airlines. He was European Sales Manager for Northwest Orient based in London in the early 1960s. He met Sarah in London where she worked as a Foreign Service secretary at the US Embassy. They were married in 1962 at her family home in Elizabethtown. In 1965 Sherman joined the US Travel and Tourism Service. As Deputy Director in London and then Director in Amsterdam, his objective was to encourage travel industry professionals, travel writers and the general public to visit the United States. He served in that capacity for 25 years. Outside of work, he loved sports. He was an excellent baseball player in his youth and a keen golfer later on. In England he was a member of the Travel Industry Golf Society and Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club and he enjoyed many a round at the course in Cave-in-Rock. While his son was growing up he regularly volunteered his time to coach little league baseball, basketball and soccer.