Wayne L. Sherman, a Baltimore City employee and a Morrell Park activist, suffered an apparent heart attack July 11 after being stricken on a street in downtown Baltimore. He died at Mercy Medical Center.
He was 52 and lived on Washington Boulevard.
Born in Harrisonburg, Va., he was the son of Lester and Catherine Sherman. He moved to Southwest Baltimore's Morrell Park as a child and lived on Harman Avenue. He attended Morrell Park Elementary and Gwynns Falls Junior High School. He earned a his diploma through an external program.
He went on to earn an associate's degree in occupational safety and health.
As a teen, he was a mascot for the Baltimore Blast soccer team and attended numerous games at 1st Mariner Arena. He was known as Wayne "The Kid" Sherman.
He joined USAir in 1987 and was a baggage supervisor and ground crew member at what is now Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and later worked in a similar post in Jacksonville, Fla. At his death, he was working for the Baltimore City Department of Finance as a health and occupational safety specialist.
He was active in Democratic politics and was president of the Morrell Park Democratic Club and belonged to the Stonewall Democratic Club. In 1990, he ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the state Central Committee.
"Wayne was always out there to help the other guy," said City Council member Edward Reisinger, a friend. "One day he told me he was going to get Michael Phelps to lead the Little League parade in Morrell Park. I thought he couldn't do it, but Michael Phelps led the parade. The word 'no' was not in Wayne's vocabulary."
He was president of the Morrell Park Recreation Council. He recently led an effort to have a community center built on Tolley Street. He also worked for youth teams.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at American Legion Post No. 137, 1508 DeSoto Road.
Survivors include a son, Ricardo Hernandez of Jacksonville, Fla.; and two grandchildren.
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