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♦ SENSEI SHERMAN HARRILL
Sensei Sherman Harrill (at right) with John
Peterson, Puyallup, WA 1999
SENSEI SHERMAN HARRILL - Introduction
Sherman Harrill (1941-2002) was a first-generation student
of Master Tatsuo Shimabuku.
For a number of years, Hope Yama Dojo had the honour of
being invited to the Washington dojo of Sensei George
Shin in Puyallup to attend seminars featuring Sensei Sherman Harrill.
Hope Yama Dojo students loved and respected Sensei
Harrill, and sincerely mourned his loss when he passed
away on 4 November 2002. He will always be remembered.
For a brief biography of Sensei Sherman Harrill, see
School of Isshinryu Karate and click on the link
For tributes to Sensei Harrill, see
"A. J. Advincula Says Goodby — For Now"
SENSEI SHERMAN HARRILL - A Memorial (Part I)
When a loved one dies, family and friends traditionally
gather to engage in rituals: visitations or viewings,
funeral masses or services, eulogies, burials or
These rituals are beneficial and therapeutic, for they
help the mourning process and facilitate our journey to healing.
Another beneficial ritual is the preparation and realization
of a memorial to that person.
Such a memorial can be of great help during our bereavement,
and is also a way of honouring our loved one.
Someone once said, "We are not solitary, and the price
we pay for our attachments is vulnerability - the risk
of loss. Because we depend on other people - because
they do matter to us - they occupy a special place in
Hope Yama Dojo suffered a genuine loss and grieved much
for Sensei when he died that autumn day. He mattered to
us and he occupied a special place in our hearts.
What follows is a collection of articles and personal items
Placing an importance on these objects and featuring them on
our website is our humble memorial to a remarkable man.
See Sensei Sherman Harrill - A Memorial (Part II).
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