Tribute to Jonathan Sherwood written by and read out at his funeral by his wife Rachel:
Jonathan Sherwood, or dr.john as many knew him, was truly a remarkable man. He was a warm and kind and gentle man. He was a loving supportive husband and best friend, and a dedicated, helpful and loving father who provided lots of fun and laughter. He generally had a very helpful nature to people of all walks of life that he encountered. He was a worldly man having been born in England and his family migrating to New Zealand when he was 11, and then on to Australia, and having travelled widely throughout his life. He embraced the native cultures of those countries, and others, and had great respect for their people, their knowledge and beliefs. His recognition and studies of ancient civilisations became the foundation for much of his life’s work and research; with a strong focus on ancient Egypt - where he helped the authorities with numerous discoveries. He specialised in ancient knowledge, technologies and spirituality, as well as physics and mathematics. His research led him to develop a range of natural healing therapies that he applied to help thousands of people all over the world, and he also taught others how to do the same. He maintained a very down to earth realistic approach to his work which partly came from his early Background in navel medicine and research during his time served with the New Zealand Navel Forces; this also was the beginning of his love for the ocean - which is where he would like his ashes sprinkled. He was a deeply spiritual and philosophical man, and shared those teachings with many groups and individuals throughout his life, and also wrote numerous books on those subjects and others. The roots of these perspectives undoubtedly came from time spent with his father who was an agricultural representative and a freemason, and who had a great influence upon his life. His father also passed away young at the age of 45. His mother, who passed away this year, also had a positive influence on his life in that she was very open minded, kind, and intuitive. Jonathan also had these natural abilities and harnessed them in many creative areas. He was a gifted writer, artist, teacher, healer, sensitive, channel and actor. With all of these talents he was seen by others to be a unique and special person who was always full of ideas. No matter how much he embraced his potential and helped others to do the same he always kept his feet on the ground and saw himself as the same as everyone else, and was a true believer in equality. He greatly enjoyed life and showed enthusiasm for all that he was involved in, his philosophy was to do things 100% or not at all. He had great strength of mind and great energy and great knowledge; making him the richest man I have known. He believed that richness was not a material quality; as that has no substance - as when you die you cannot take it with you. He believed what you can take with you is the knowledge that you have gained in this life and all that you are - through the sum of your experiences. So he never allowed himself to be tied down by material assets. This attitude kept him free spirited and open minded in his research to reach beyond where others could. One fellow researcher said he was respected by him for his brave stance in a narrow minded world, and also for his light hearted nature. He was a man greatly ahead of his time, and he will be dearly missed by many whose lives he has touched. I know this will not be the end of a great life’s work, just like other great men before him; the seeds he has sown will grow.
Jonathan has made many friends through his life and positively influenced many people. He life has not all been serious though, he was a man who knew how to have fun and enjoyed making people laugh, and see the lighter side of life. As an actor on stage he played many roles, and many of them were fun and some outright hilarious. He played the bumbling ”Inspector Prat” in the Inspector Clouseau /Agatha Christie spoof “Murdered to Death” on the Gold Coast in Australia, and had the audience in stitches. He dressed up in outrageous costumes for the Christmas pantomime “Puss in Thongs” singing songs and cracking jokes. He loved the stage and had been acting on stage part time for most of his life with many lead roles. He loved the magic of the theatre and how it could provide an escape for people from their troubles in life. He also loved the energy of it and found it a great way to creatively express himself. He was held in high regard and many felt lucky to have worked with him. The actors he worked with have said: they will always remember the fun and great times they had acting with him on stage, and that Jonathan was very dear to them, and he will be remembered with much fondness & happiness. As William Shakespear once said : “All the world‘s a stage, all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and entrances; and one man in time plays many parts, his act being seven ages”. Though Jonathan always said “it’s not the age – it’s the mileage”, however he certainly did play many parts, and I think those who knew him well could definitely say his life was a fine performance.
Jonathan was also a Science Fiction fan; he enjoyed watching Star Trek, Babylon 5, Andromeda and Dr. Who to name a few. His mind was open to endless possibilities, he was universal. He had wisdom and knowledge beyond his physical years and many felt him to be an incredibly “dynamic life”. One affectionately called him “boomerang” and felt some day he will be back. I believe death is but a new beginning, as did Jonathan, to a more expansive, unlimited existence. In the spirit of Dr. Who,” Jonathan; you were my doctor”. You said to me “If I go first, I’ll be waiting, and when we meet up again we can travel the universe together”. Well, until then my love, I know you will pop in and see us from time to time, and you will always be in our thoughts.