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Obituary (LA): Joseph William Sherar '52

Posted on 05/22/2018

Joseph William "Bill" Sherar  (September 27, 1930 - May 21, 2018)

Joseph William “Bill” Sherar passed away on Monday, May 21, 2018. He was born on September 27, 1930 in Fresno, California, United States. Son of Joseph William Garland and Verna Irene (Kneeland) Sherar.

Bill Sherar was an insurance broker, investor, research director avid sailor, pilot, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Member: Who’s Who in the World 1995, Maritime Law Association, Young President's Organization (chairman Louisiana chapter 1978-1979), United States Naval Academy Alumni Association (president New Orleans chapter 1963), S.R., Sons of the American Revolution (president George Washington chapter 1994), Colonial Wars Society Louisiana (treasurer 1978-1979), Delta Theta Phi (life). Bachelor of Science, United States Naval Academy, 1952. Juris Doctor, Loyola University, New Orleans, 1965.

Commissioned ensign United States Navy, 1952, advanced through grades to lieutenant (LCDR), Destroyer officer, Naval aviator, landing signal officer, Aide to Vice Admiral James Thatch, Com Huk Lant, Flight instructor Saufley Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida, service out 1962.

Trainee Marine Office America, 1958-1959. Marine broker Hardin and Ferguson, 1959-1961. Radar instructor United States Maritime Administration, New Orleans, 1961-1962. Chairman Ingram-Armistead & Company SPA, Milan, Italy, 1976-1978, Corroon & Black, Incorporated, New Orleans, 1979. President Sherar, Cook & Gardner, Inc., Sailing Sales Incorporated, 1972-1984, Cathay Trading Corporation, 1981-1987, Altair Insurance Company Ltd., 1981-1984. Managing partner Severn Associates, 1981-1993. Executive vice president and director Transportation Research Institute, 1996.

Underwriting member Lloyd's of London. Education chairman Young Presidents' Organization, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Former trustee United States Naval Academy Sailing Foundation Inc., 1984-1990. Chairman Fales advisory committee United States Naval Academy, 1981. Chairman aviation committee Chamber of Commerce New Orleans, 1975-1979.

Clubs: Cruising American, Military Order of Foreign Wars (Louisiana chapter secretary 1996), Royal Ocean Racing London (life), Naval Academy Sailing Squadron (life), Storm Trysail, New York Yacht Club (life), (member race crew Royal Thames Yacht Club team member and Royal Yacht Squadron Round the Isle Race 1991), Southern Yacht Club (life), (Gulf Ocean Racing Circuit boat of the year), Bolero crew member 1956 Newport Bermuda Race Record. The Corinthians, Essex president (1971-71) and Bienville Club.

Married Nancy Barr Gooch, November 6, 1954 (divorced 1988); married Judith H. Senac, 1989. Children: Deirdra Mooney, William Sherar (Robin), David Sherar (deceased), Lynne Barnes. Step Children: Harriet Fullington, Angelle Vinet and Rhonda Vinet. Eight Grand Children and One Great Grand Child. Preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Verna Sherar and his sister Laurel Williams.

A time of visitation will be held from 10:00 until noon, Saturday, May 26, 2018 at St. Peter Catholic Church; 125 E. 19th Ave, Covington, LA 70433 followed by a Funeral Mass at noon.

Burial will follow in the Saint Joseph Abbey Cemetery; 75376 River Rd., Saint Benedict, LA 70457.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations in memory of Mr. Sherar to be made to St. Joseph Abbey.

2260 W 21st Ave
Covington,          LA 70433
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