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By Jerry Vondas
Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, 12:06 a.m.

Tim Sheerer understood that his success as an attorney came from hard work, honesty, compassion for others and the willingness to reach out to those from any walk of life.

He based his life, his Catholic faith and his career on integrity, dignity and the pride of being of service to others, said his son, John Scheerer of Fox Chapel

Martin W. “Tim” Sheerer of Middlesex, formerly of Fox Chapel, a solicitor for the Fox Chapel and Allegheny Valley school districts, died on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in UPMC Shadyside. He was 75.

Born and raised in East Liverpool, Ohio, Mr. Scheerer was one of two children in the family of steelworker Martin Scheerer and his wife, Jane Walsh Scheerer.

During the summer, while he attended East Liverpool High School, Mr. Sheerer worked for Crucible Steel Co. along with his father, said John Sheerer.

“And even when Dad was attending the University of Pittsburgh, he'd go back to the mill to earn the money needed for his tuition,” his son said.

He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1959 with a degree in industrial engineering and graduated from Duquesne University's law school in 1963.

As an attorney, Mr. Sheerer served on various legal committees. He became chairman of the ethics committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association and the Discipline Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

He served as an arbitrator for the U.S. District Court in Western Pennsylvania.

“My father was also a man who cared for the welfare of young people,” his son said.

Mr. Sheerer sat on the board of the Ozanam Cultural Center, in the Hill District, where he directed his talents in finding ways to keep youngsters off the streets by keeping them involved in productive games and sports, his son said.

Mr. Sheerer was a PIAA basketball official.

In addition to his son John, Mr. Scheerer is survived by his wife, Beverly, whom he married in 1961; his children, Timothy of O'Hara, Edward of Aspinwall and Sarah Sheerer of Greensburg, and 11 grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in John Freyvogel Sons Inc., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Paul Cathedral, Oakland. Interment is private.

Jerry Vondas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7823 or

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