Former Des Plaines Mayor Edward "Ted" Sherwood, 91, died Monday.
A World War II Army veteran, Sherwood moved to Des Plaines in 1961 and served as mayor from 1993 to 1997.
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"He was kind of a firebrand," said Nick Chiropolos, 92, who served as 7th Ward alderman for 16 years, including the time Sherwood was mayor.
"He ran the show," Chiropolos said. "He had a short, obvious temper. If you didn't agree with him, he would get pretty upset."
Chiropolos said Sherwood was a good man who "knew what he was doing." He couldn't recall any major issues during his term as mayor.
"I thought he was a very decent person," he said. "He meant well for the city. He did his best.
"He had his ups and downs like everybody else."
Sherwood was president of White Collar Services. He participated in ministry at St. Stephen Protomartyr Catholic Church in Des Plaines, was a former president of the Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and was active with youth groups.
He also served as chairman of the Des Plaines Economic Development Commission and was a member of the Des Plaines Elks Club.
Sherwood was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Jean, and daughter, Leslie Krowka.
He is survived by sons Steve Sherwood and Kevin Sherwood and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Visitation is from 3 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 18, at G.L. Hills Funeral Home, 745 Graceland Ave., Des Plaines.
A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, at the funeral home.
Interment is at Ridgewood Cemetery in Des Plaines.