‘It’s a Small World’ Songwriter Robert Sherman Died at 86

– by Gig Patta

A legendary Disney composer has passed away.

Songwriter Robert Sherman has passed away Monday evening in London, according to his son Jeff on Facebook.

Sherman was best known for penning the Disney songs “It’s a Small World After All” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”

His other songs were incorporated into other Disney movies, including “The Jungle Book,” “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” and “The Slipper and the Rose.”

He was the winner of two Academy Awards in 1965 for Best Original Song for “Chim Chim Cher-ee” in “Mary Poppins” and the Best Music Score – Substantially Original for “Mary Poppins.” In that same year, he earned a Grammy for Best Original Score for a Motion Picture of Television Show for “Mary Poppins.”

Here is the son’s posting via Facebook:

Hello to family and friends,

I have very sad news to convey. 

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.

Safe travels.

Love,

Jeff

Check out some of Sherman’s songs below:

Source: The Hollywood Reporter