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14 Feb 1021 Coventry
591 Antrim Parachute Squadron RE
Son of James Henry Thompson Sherrad (1885-1964)
and Lucy Jane Jones (1887-1983)
James Henry Thomas Sherrad (1912-1990)
Edgar Thompson Sherrad (1927-2002)
Father of James, Christine and Jane Sherrad
(1) 1945 Connie Dowding (1921-1970) at Coventry
(2) 1976 Maureen McConaghy at Coventry
17 June 2008 Coventry
Cemetery / Memorial:
Selected from Coventry Telegraph Obit:
Ivor Sherrad, of Keresley, was involved with many ex-service associations in Coventry and always took an active role in remembrance services as a Parade Marshal.
He was born and grew up in Spon End and died last Tuesday of cancer.
He was a paratrooper during the Second World War where he played a part in the Arnhem assault in September 1944. Mr Sherrad was also one of the paratroopers who took part in the assault on the Rhine, which marked the beginning of the end of the war in March 1945.
Earlier this year, he laid a wreath in War Memorial Park to commemorate 63 years since the assault of the Rhine. At the time he told the Coventry Telegraph how important it was to remember those who did not return from the operation.
When he returned from the war, Ivor worked as a coach painter and eventually ran his own business in Acacia Avenue, Lower Stoke.
He had three children with his first wife, who died of cancer, and had four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
In 1947 Mr Sherrad was instrumental in forming a Parachute Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineer (REME) Territorial Army unit and as a sergeant there influenced many young soldiers in Coventry.
He was also the chairman of the Coventry Parachute Regimental Association. In 1977 he helped form Coventry Airborne Association and also the Standard Bearers Association, where he was Parade Marshal.
Mr Sherrad was also the president of the Bedworth Parachute Regiment Association.
His friend Lonnie Downes, who is the welfare officer at the Bedworth Paratroopers Association, said: "Ivor was well respected and held in high regard by all the ex-services associations.
"There will be a large turnout of ex-servicemen and standard bearers, a piper, two drummers and a bugler at his funeral."
Ivor's wife Maureen said: "He had a wonderful sense of humour and he would do anything for anyone. He was always running around after other people."
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