Scott G. Sherman (1933 – 2013)
Scott G. Sherman, champion boxer and promoter, successful businessman, irrepressible wisecracker, dedicated husband, father and grandfather, passed away Friday morning, Feb. 8, 2013, after 79 full years.
Service: A memorial service and celebration of Scott’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the sanctuary at Beth-El Congregation, 4900 Briarhaven Road, immediately followed by a reception in the Grand Hall at the temple. A private ceremony will be held at the graveside. Pallbearers will be Scott’s eight loving grandchildren, Morgan Paige Suder, Jason Alexander Suder, Ryan Sherman Suder, Zachary Joseph Kleiman, Andrew Lee Kleiman, Erin Adele Chaiken, Matthew Sherman Chaiken and Kevin Charles Chaiken. Honorary pallbearers will be all the great and dedicated friends he has acquired over the years. You all know who you are. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make contributions to the charity of your choice .
Born June 16, 1933, in St. Louis, Mo., Scott moved to Fort Worth when he was 8 years old. He proudly told stories of his antics at Paschal High School, run-ins with Coach Charlie Turner, and the brief time when he passed through the doors of TCU, which left a lasting impression and enduring passion for the Horned Frogs for the rest of his days. He would say that his real education came from the streets and his experience in business.
A true self-made man, he went from selling tubes of oil out of the trunk of his car in high school to opening the auto retail chain Scotty’s Auto Supply, a Fort Worth icon, with his brother Jack in 1952. He was 19 years old, and on track to marry his lifelong companion, Selma, and start a family only a few years later in 1956. With the help of his wife, he later started the manufacturing and distribution factories Eagle Motive Industries, S&S Distributing, and Kool Clutch Manufacturing.
After retiring from the automotive industry, Scott started Sherman Enterprises, a private investment firm, and served on the boards of XTO Energy, Cross Timbers, Worth Bank, The Fort Worth Club, Fort Worth Bank and Trust and as honorary board member of MorningStar Partners. He took great pride in being a part of the TCU First Team and traveling to football games to support the team everywhere they played. Texas State Regional Golden Gloves Champion and later Panther Boys Club Director, Scott never lost his passion for boxing and the culture surrounding it.
After selling his automotive business he began mentoring and managing Fort Worth athletes by building Boxing Management Inc. It was one of the highlights of his life to manage Paulie Ayala through three world championships. They remained close friends and associates until his final day. He was a strong supporter of the Fort Worth Boys and Girls Club, and proud member of the Moslah Temple Shrine, an honor he shared with his brother. He was known for his irreverence, integrity, and above all, honesty.
The embodiment of Carpe Diem, he recently traveled around the world with his wife, Selma, where they danced in grass skirts, fulfilled Selma’s lifelong dream to climb the Taj Mahal, and rode elephants. He continued to play golf at Shady Oaks with his closest friends almost until the day he died and lived to win a wager with friends on the SuperBowl. Tossing the dice for “ship, captain and crew” games with his friends, retelling stories at the club, and playing the numbers game at the Paris Coffee Shop, where the winner was honored with paying the bill, were all part of the joys he shared with his lifelong friends. Not only did he office at the Fort Worth Club for more than 30 years, but he loved to lunch there many days a week and enjoyed getting to know every employee there.
He and Selma had a home in Colorado for 25 years where he loved skiing with his children and grandchildren. Behind his sparkling blue eyes and devilish grin, Scott was hard-working, genuine, authentic, opinionated, pugnacious, charismatic, a great businessman, a great husband, a great friend. He was predeceased by his daughter, Melissa; his brother, Jack; and his parents, Mooney and Florence Sherman, who await his arrival on the wings of angels.
Survivors: Scott Sherman died of congestive heart failure at home surrounded by his loving wife of 56 years, Selma; his daughters, Kathy Sherman Suder, Dana Kleiman and her husband, David, and Jackie Sherman; and his eight grandchildren.