Sgt. Sherman "Joe" Gandee, a veteran Akron policeman who had been a football star along with his twin brother at Garfield High School, died Tuesday after suffering an apparent heart attack after leaving work. He was 56.
He had completed his shift about 2 p.m. and apparently was driving out of the parking deck at the former Polsky's store on South High Street when he was stricken. He managed to stop the car and was found slumped next to it.
He was pronounced dead at 2:32 p.m. at Akron General Medical Center.
Sgt. Gandee had suffered an apparent heart attack in 1979.
The name Gandee long has been associated with the Akron Police Department and with high school and college football in Ohio.
"Joe" Gandee joined the police department in 1953. His father, the late Sherman Gandee, had been an Akron Policeman 25 years. The younger Gandee, promoted to sergeant on May 11, 1972, was in the detective division.
Sgt. Gandee attended Ohio State for two years and was on the football team. His two sons, Sherman H. Jr. and Kevin, also played football at Garfield High. A native of Akron and a veteran of the Air Force, Sgt. Gandee was a member of the Chapel in University Park and the Fraternal Order of Police.
In addition to his sons and brother, he leaves his wife, Helen; daughter, Dawn Michelle Shaikh of Bay Village; sisters, Joyce Brundage of Newark, Ohio, and Genevieve Anderson of Canton; and eight grandchildren.
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