Fox Chapel resident Sheerer's contributions long will be remembered
By Tom McGee
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Martin W. “Tim” Sheerer's legacy in the Lower Valley will be felt by many.
The former Fox Chapel resident died on Jan. 18 at the age of 75, but he left a lasting impression on the area.
Sheerer, who most recently lived in Middlesex, served as solicitor for the Fox Chapel Area School District beginning in 1984.
He also worked for the Riverview and Allegheny Valley districts in the same capacity.
His legal career also led him to become a member of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and he served as chairman of the Professional Ethics Committee for the Allegheny County Bar Association. His office, Sheerer Law, is in Sharpsburg.
Sheerer also was an active member of the Fugh Foundation and its distribution committee. The organization provides funding for local communities.
Harry Donaldson, a member of the Fugh Foundation's distribution committee, said Sheerer was a dedicated member of the group and even attended meetings right after getting out of the hospital.
“Tim would visit local organizations to find out what their needs might be and that sort of thing,” Donaldson said.
Among the groups who benefited from Sheerer's efforts were the Aspinwall Baseball Association and various police departments and fire companies.
Aspinwall Mayor Ben Killian said Sheerer was a good friend who cared greatly about the borough.
“He was very instrumental in getting us grants for the playground and the baseball fields and stuff like that,” Killian said.
Though Sheerer's generosity became well known in the Pittsburgh area, he also was remembered in his hometown of East Liverpool, Ohio.
He was inducted into the Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame in 2009. The hall of fame also includes Lou Holtz, Dean Martin and Clark Gable.
“He was a super man, loved by all,” Killian said. “You never heard a bad word about him.”
Sheerer is survived by his wife of 52 years, Beverly Sheerer; his children, Timothy, Edward, Sarah and John; and 11 grandchildren.
Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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