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Sherman Cassidy Malone, 74

posted: Apr 12, 2018 12:38 pm

Our dearest mother, Sherman Cassidy Malone, passed away April 11, 2018, at the age of 74.

Sherman is much beloved by her family, friends, and the countless people she has touched through her work, care, compassion, kindness, joy, and love. She will be greatly missed and deeply remembered, and the gifts of her soul will continue to work their magic in the of our lives. Wherever Sherman went she touched people’s lives and helped us grow into the wonderful human beings we are all meant to be.

Sherman was born on Nov. 29, 1943, to Joseph Cassidy and Dorothy Dyer Cassidy. She grew up in Woodbury as a country girl and political activist, equally at home on the farm and at the Democratic convention hall. She married Charles Malone and went to New York City to start a family, participate in the civil rights movement, the anti-war movement, the feminist movement, the anti-poverty movement and work for revolutionary social change in her community, her country, and the world. She received her B.A. in English Literature from Hunter College.

She raised her children, took care of her family and helped start the Inter-Community Learning Center in Torrington, one of the first free schools in that city. Sherman and her family moved to New Haven where she became a reading teacher and the first woman supervisor at juvenile probation. Her philosophy was, is and always has been to never talk down to people or think she was superior to anybody, but work side-by-side with everybody to make the world a better place. She received her M.A. in Social Work from Southern Connecticut State University. She worked in private practice specializing in crisis intervention, family therapy, child abuse and trauma.

She was one of the founders and the clinical director of the New Haven Family Alliance, a partnership for families and community empowerment, helping families survive, strive, and thrive, and continued to work there until the last days of her life. In 1992, Sherman founded Haiti Marycare, an organization dedicated to improving the lives and supporting the people of Haiti. She spent many months each year working on grassroots projects in Haiti that dramatically improved the lives of the people there.

Sherman Malone dedicated her whole life to helping others. She loved hiking outdoors, birding, gardening, reading poetry and literature and swimming in the ocean. She was constantly learning, sharing her wisdom and her vision of a just, peaceful and kind world. She showered the world with her love and kindness. She leaves behind her brother Dyer Cassidy (Lisa), her four children, Charles Proctor Malone, Brendan Cassidy Malone (Christina), Brian Dyer Malone (Susan Ko), and Molly Kane Malone, six grandchildren, Sylvia Salmon Robb-Malone, Edward John Robb-Malone, Natalia Hernandez-Malone, Inez Hernandez-Malone, Nathan Sunju Malone, Sarah Eunju Malone, and two great-grandchildren, and her niece and nephew Megan and Dylan Jones.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to New Haven Family Alliance or Haiti Marycare. The service will be held Saturday at St. Martin de Porres Church, 136 Dixwell Avenue, New Haven, CT, 06511. The visitation will be held at 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Services by Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06511. To leave a message of comfort for the Malone family, please visit, www.hkhfuneralservices.com

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