Timothy Sherwood Torrence, fondly known a “Captain Tim,” died at his home in Larose on April 6, 2015, from complications due to lung cancer.
He was born on September 23,1941, inn Fort Benjamin Harris, to Gwendolyn Madia and Henry Sherwood Torrence. In his adolescence, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard, and served from 1958-1978; he attained the rank of Master Chief on the cutter “Point Sal” out of Grand Isle. In 1979, Captain Tim began a career in deep sea fishing and became quiet successful. He chose to end his fishing career as a very respected and knowledgeable fisherman along the Gulf of Mexico. Additionally, he was known across the United States for his lobbying for fishermen’s rights.
He lived in many places around the world before settling in Larose, where he worked as a Maritime “Expert Witness” and taught at La. Fletcher, Maritime Technical School until 2014.
Captain Tim will be especially missed for his wisdom and mentoring, for being a loving husband and father, for his spirit of adventure, and for the tenaciousness that allowed him to receive top rankings in many diverse endeavors such as serving in the Vietnam War and participating in the clean up of the Valdez oil spill.
His survivors include his wife, Carolyn Palmer Torrence; brother, Terry Torrence and wife Eva; daughter, Rene’ Vanderzee and husband Eric, Libby Horn and husband David and Wendy Riggins; nieces, Gaberial and Kathleen Torrence; grandsons, Austin and Sterling Torrence and Jefferson Hayes; granddaughters, Trista Nunley and husband Josha, Tory Horn, Falyn Long and Jasmine Hayes; great grandsons, Jacob Nunley, Avante Thompson, T’Darion Bowlds, and great granddaughters, Jasmin Horn, Azi Jackson and Ahna Brown.
Captain Tim was preceded in death by his parents, Gwendolyn and Henry Torrence; son, Shawn Torrence; sister, Beverly Torrence and brother, Tom Torrence.
Memorial services will be held on Grand Isle, and ashes will be brought to sea by the Grand Isle Coast Guard Cutter. Information will be provided on the date, time and location at a later date.
Posted on Thu, April 16, 2015
by The Lafourche Gazette