MERIDEN - Sherman A. Stiles, 79, of Meriden, passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Wednesday, June 13, 2007 at Middlesex Hospital. He was the husband of Phyllis Fearn Stiles and was a devoted husband and father, who will be very deeply missed. Born in Meriden on May 19, 1928, he was the son of the late Truman and Madeline Rebstock Stiles. Until his retirement, he was employed by the Town of Cheshire as a land surveyor and Assistant Town Engineer. He was a Cub Master for Pack 18 at Benjamin Franklin School, was a member of Black Sheep Squadron R/C Airplane Club and was a ham radio operator, call sign WA1VHR. Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Kathleen Stiles and her husband, Aroon Balani of Tewksbury, NJ; three sons, Kenneth Stiles of Meriden, David Stiles and his wife, Connie of Middletown and Brian Stiles of Westbrook; a grandchild, Adam Stiles; two sisters, Barbara Brainard and Lucille Kenney; many nieces and nephews; and his cat, Red Kitty. He was predeceased by a sister, Marion Shur. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 16, at 10 a.m. at the Beecher & Bennett Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. At the family's request, there will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations in Sherman's memory may be made to the Meriden Humane Society, 22 East Road, Meriden, CT 06450.

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  1. My deepest sympathy to Sherman’s family and friends. I regret that I will not be able to be at the memorial service due to my own infirmities but I will hold you all in my heart in remembrance of the man I knew best as a little girl. Wiry and tan, with bright, crinkly eyes and a very wide smile, he seemed to enjoy life and his family. While my travels overseas since 1964, and setting up residence in Virginia separated me from my Connecticut family, I saw him every now and then and have always wondered how he managed to have gotten the .slender. gene in our family. How I had envied that recessive gene of his! I did not know Sherman as well as I would have liked. Please regale me with thoughts and memories of him for my Family Geneology Workbook. My condolences and love, Barbara

  2. To the Stiles family, I was sorry to hear the news about Mr S. My Mom and Dad told me on Sunday. To Ken, Dave, Brian and Kathleen, Condolences to all. Lots of memories of your Dad, he was a good guy! Guys,I remember when we all first met, I’m pretty sure your Dad was burning your field behind our house. It’s not the same with the firehouse there now. To Mrs Stiles My heartfelt condolences go out to you. Thank you for putting up with all the times I came to your front door during your supper. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this time of sorrow. Tom

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