Zachary Sherman

Born: 05/29/1986 Passed:

Zach Sherman, 34, passed away Friday, December 4, 2020 due to injuries sustained in a tragic ATV accident on Saturday, November 28, 2020. He was born May 29, 1986 to Ed and Mary (Kritz) Sherman in Canton, OH. He attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School where he met his wife, Julie Stidd. Zach and Julie were together 18 years and share two beautiful children, Ethan (13) and Carly (9).

Zach worked at Ajaxx Tocco as a welder where he was respected by all.  His coworkers will remember him as someone who would drop what he was doing to help or share his knowledge. He also enjoyed mowing lawns with his friend, Richie Lautzenheiser.

Zach was a life-long Steelers fan and enjoyed watching the games each week with his family and friends. He enjoyed riding four wheelers, working on his truck, and played an active role in his children’s afterschool activities.  Zach’s true passion was his family. He spent any free time with his children, wife, and extended family. Whether it was taking the kids on vacations or helping someone with yard work, he was never far from his loved ones. Zach was constantly helping others and would go out of his way to be there for friends and family. There are countless stories of Zach showing up when others needed him. This giving spirit was again seen in his decision to be an organ donor upon his death. With this selfless gift, he was able to give life to at least two people and potentially hundreds more.

He will be remembered for his sense of humor and how no one was off limits for his “good natured” teasing, but he was always there to offer a hug when you needed it. His big heart, crazy beard, and wonderfully opinionated self will never be forgotten and will live in all of us for the rest of our days.

He is preceded in death by his father, Ed Sherman; father-in-law, Rick Stidd; grandfathers, Leo Sherman and Paul Kritz; and uncles, Gary Sherman, George Fisher, and Robert Cline.

Zach is survived by his wife, Julie and children, Ethan, and Carly of Louisville; his mother, Mary Sherman of Louisville; his sisters, Jen (Mark) Merriman of Alliance; and Katy (Brandon Pollock) Sherman of Clinton; mother-in-law Terri Stidd of North Canton; sisters-in-law, Bethany (Nate) Gemberling of Oakland, CA, Sarah (Geno) Pasquinelli of Canton; niece, Mila Merriman; nephew, Leo Gemberling; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the amazing ICU doctors and nurses at Mercy Medical Center. They were compassionate and caring as Julie and family had to make tough decisions. They would also like to express gratitude to the team at Lifebanc, for their loving care of Zach in his final moments.

Zach’s family will receive friends Wednesday, December 9th, from 3-6 p.m. at the Sacred Heart of Mary Hall in Harrisburg.  A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday, December 10th, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart of Mary Hall in Harrisburg with Rev. Fr. Robert Miller officiating. Those attending the services are asked to please wear a proper protective mask and practice safe distancing requirements.

We understand during these times that many may not feel comfortable attending services but ask that you keep Zach in your prayers. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the GoFundMe set up for his family.


24 Tributes to Zachary Sherman

  1. Danielle Brady says:

    I don’t remember there ever not being a smile on that mans face. Breaks my heart for the family . Prayers for you all 🙏 RIP

  2. Kirsten Boyle says:

    My deepest sympathy to Julie, the kids, and entire family! May God lay a blanket of peace over you through the next days, weeks,and years, until you spend eternity with Zach! It was a privilege to know Zach and call him friend!

  3. Marta Sinkovitz says:

    Zach,you are loved and missed! You always were there,anytime,anywhere! I remember you said to me”we are family”,and you meant it! You and your dad are gonna make a great team up in heaven!😇😇

    • Dennis & Cindy Woodburn says:

      Julie and family.
      Our deepest sympathies to you and all those you love. Zach sounds like my kind of guy….fun loving and hard working. Stay strong and healthy. God bless and protect you, now and forever.

  4. Laurie Zupp says:

    Mary and family –

    My heart aches for you at the loss of your son. Please know that he is at peace and that friends care for you.

    • Mary Sherman says:

      Dear Laurie,
      Thanks so much for your kind thoughts. My heart is breaking and it will take a very, very long time to heal…if it ever does,
      With warm regard,

  5. James Beltz family says:

    We did not know Zachary but know his mother (Mary) and wish to send our sincere condolences to her and the family on their loss. We were very saddened by this news and will keep them all in our thoughts and prayers. God rest his soul.

    • Mary Sherman says:

      Dear Jim and family,
      Thank you so much for your kind thoughts. This is such a loss, not only for me, but for his wife and children. Thank you also for donating to the Go Fund Me Page, we really appreciate all the support.
      With warm regard,
      Mary and family

  6. Theresa Grove says:

    Mary the news of Zach is breaking my heart!! I cannot imagine the pain you are going through. I know he is in Eddy’s arms and will be a very special angel watching over his kids and all of you!!
    Deepest sympathy my dear friend❤️

    • Mary Sherman says:

      Dear Theresa,
      Thank you so much for your kind thoughts. My heart is truly breaking at the loss of my son. It also hurts for his wife and children. This is a place I never imagined we would be, especially since Ed’s death. They say that God never gives you more than you can handle. I confess that I feel I am being pushed to my limits. Thanks so much for reaching out.
      With warm regard,

  7. Laurie Ruffier Mix and Family says:

    Mary, our thoughts and prayers are with you and the whole family during this difficult time.

    • Mary Sherman says:

      Dear Laurie and families,
      Thank you so much for your kind thoughts. This is such a devastating loss..the loss of a child. They say that God doesn’t give your more than you can handle, but I’m not sure. Thank you also for the donation to the Go Fund Me Page. Julie and the kids really appreciate the overwhelming support they have received.
      With warm regard,

  8. Val Miller says:

    Zach you will be deeply missed by all who were blessed to have known and love you. You were a very loving man with such a huge heart. Your family was your everything. I am so grateful to have known you for as long as I did, which seems like forever. Until we meet again, I will cherish all the memories I have and will always be there for Julie and the kids. Rest peacefully in heaven. ❤🤗🙏

    • Donna Shadle says:

      Mary and Family

      I am so sorry to hear this sad news about Zach. Please remember the special memories. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

      • Mary Sherman says:

        Dear Mrs. Shadle,
        Thank you so much for reaching out. We really appreciate your kind words. The loss of my son is truly devastating, especially after the loss of Ed one year ago. I often tell the old gang from SHM that some of the best times of my life were when the kids were in school and everything we did together during those elementary years.
        With warm regard,

  9. Marty Kale says:

    Mary and Ed, I’m so sorry for your heartbreaking loss from this tragic accident. I never had the pleasure of meeting your son Zach, but he sounds like a fine man, as I’m sure he was.
    I hope you can find solace in your memories of him. All my best to you.

  10. Marty Kale and family. says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss from this tragic accident. I never had the pleasure of meeting Zach, but he sounds like a fine man, as I’m sure he was, from knowing his mother Mary. May you find comfort in the memories of him and may you find strength to face this difficult time.

    • Mary Sherman says:

      Dear Marty and family,
      Thank you so much for your kind words. Zach was really a good kid. Ed died last year on Nov 28th, yes the same day as Zach’s tragic accident. Zach had already stepped up when his Dad died to help me with many things. I will miss him so much. It’s comforting to see so much of him in his children and that helps. I hope you and your family are well. Until we meet again, I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas.
      With warm regard,

  11. Michael and Cindy Audi says:

    Julie and family, we have been praying for you. God will give you the strength you need and help you when you so desperately need it. We are sending you love, hugs, and

  12. Bill & Barbara Buck says:

    Read with sadness this am about Zach. We are sending heartfelt sympathy to the whole family. Please know that others truly care.

    • Allison P says:

      Julie, Ethan, Carly, and the rest of Zach’s family are suffering such a great loss. I am thinking about you all every day. His memory will be in my heart. It was a pleasuring knowing him.

  13. Kathleen Enoch says:

    No words can express my deepest sympathies. I did not have the pleasure of meeting Zach in person, I work with Mary at NEOMED. But from all of the stories she has shared, I feel like I know the whole family – a wonderful family at that!
    The funeral mass was very nice and I hope you can find comfort in the fun memories you all shared with Zach.

    • Mary Sherman says:

      Dear Kathleen,
      Thank you for your kind words. My heart is breaking and I will miss Zach so much. Wasn’t it wonderful when Father sat down to talk to the kids, I just thought that was amazing. Thank you also for the donation to the Go Fund Me Page. We are overwhelmed with the support. Look forward to seeing you nest year.

  14. The Hill Family says:

    Julie, kids, and family,
    Our thoughts are with you all. Such a hard thing to go through. Stay strong and bright that is what Zach would want. He was an amazing man who cared for everyone. Friends and family always came first before himself.

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