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UPDATE 3/6/12 – A public funeral service is planned at Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary in Culver City on Friday, 3/9 at 1 p.m. PST in the Large Chapel.
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Robert B. Sherman passed away peacefully in his home in London tonight. He was 86 years old.
Known for writing such classic Disney songs like “It’s a Small World” and songs from “Mary Poppins”, both Robert and Richard were a music duo that brought the sound synonymous with Disney magic for all of us to enjoy throughout the years.
His son, Jeffrey, broke the news on his Facebook page and left this statement:
My Dad, Robert B. Sherman, passed away tonight in London. He went peacefully after months of truly valiantly fending off death. He loved life and his dear heart finally slowed to a stop when he could fight no more.
I will write more about this incredible man I love and admire so much when I am better rested and composed. He deserves that.
In the meantime, please say a prayer for him. As he said, he wanted to bring happiness to the world and, unquestionably, he succeeded. His love and his prayers, his philosophy and his poetry will live on forever. Forever his songs and his genius will bring hope, joy and love to this small, small world.
I love you, Dad.
Please join us in prayer as we support the Sherman family during their time of mourning.